movie review

A Monster In ParisI was given the chance to review the new movie just released to DVD from director Bibo Bergeron, A Monster in Paris. My kiddos (ages 2, 5 and 12) were so excited to have movie night this weekend. Since the story is based in Paris, France we had a little tea party and treats just for the movie!A Monster In Paris tea party!

I like that the movie had gorgeous songs, it made my little girls want to get up dance. The story was about a monster that turns out to not really be a monster at all, but a gentle,sweet, talented creature. It  teaches kids not to judge even though something or someone might look different.

My kids enjoyed watching this movie and so did I. I would definitely recommend  A Monster in Paris for your next family movie night!

Official Summary:

Paris, 1910. Panic sweeps the city as floodwaters rise and a monster is on the loose!

Meanwhile a wacky inventor, his camera-crazy best friend, and a madcap monkey are on a mission to protect the beast, Franc, as he holds a rare and special talent. With the help of the beautiful but feisty singer Lucille, the team harbors the monster to keep him from the ghastly wannabe Mayor, Commissioner Maynott, who has a plan to capture Franc and reveal him to be nothing more than a monstrous danger to the people of Paris.

From Bibo Bergeron, the director of Shark Tale, and starring Adam Goldberg, Jay Harrington, Bob Balaban, Sean Lennon, Vanessa Paradis, Danny Huston and Catherine O’Hara, A Monster In Paris is spectacular fun for the whole family

This weekend after setting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house the kids were in the Christmas Spirit! And so was I! So I put in my new copy of Disney’s Prep and Landing. My intention was just to watch the first story and then send my kids off to bed, but they were loving it so much we watched both! All three of my kids, ages 2,5 and 11, loved it! It was a great way to start out the holiday. I’m sure we will be watching it over and over!

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Over the weekend my three (3) boys ages 14, 13 and 4 were given the chance to go see the latest Dreamworks Animation studio movie Rise of the Guardians. This movie follows the Immortal Guardians, including Jack Frost, North, Tooth, and E. Aster Bunnymund, as they protect the innocence of children around the world from the evil spirit, Pitch.

My 13 year old really liked the movie. As we walked out of the movie he said he wanted me to buy it for him on video as soon as possible. (I advised him it had to come out in the theater first.) His favorite character was Jack Frost.

My 4 year old loves Jack Frost and says he has freeze powers and is fun. My 4 year old has not been going to the movie theater that much since he is young and likes to fidget. He stayed awake and riveted during this entire movie.

My 14 year old thought the movie was good also. His favorite character is also Jack Frost.

Personally I liked the movie and love how it empowers children. While it is not blatantly obvious this movie teaches kids that they have the power to believe what they want and they should not let others influence their thoughts. It tells them not to break when confronted with peer pressure. It is a very empowering movie without being “after school special-ish”.

The movie comes on out November 21, 2012 and it would be the perfect family movie to see over the long Thanksgiving weekend!

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to see and review this movie as a Princess Perk. I was not compensated in any way other than free passes for myself and my 3 children. All thoughts and opinions are those of my children and myself. Artwork included in this post is property of Dreamworks Animation.

Earlier this week Princess Michelle was given a chance to see an advanced screening of Disney’s new film “Wreck-it Ralph.”  Here is her review”

“This week my son and I were able to attend an advanced screening of “Wreck-it Ralph” and I was very thrilled that Disney’s latest animation had something for everyone to enjoy! This 3D comedy tells a story of “bad guy” Wreck-it Ralph, who lives in a video game and is always being overshadowed by the hero, “Fix-it Felix”. Ralph’s wish to become a hero takes him on an action packed journey deep inside the virtual arcade world. Throughout the movie, I noticed a lot of funny video game references, including a few older ones that my son didn’t understand. (This made it even more hilarious!) I don’t want to give any of those away, but I will say that you might be in the mood to bring out the old Nintendo or Sega when you get home! With the familiar voices of John Rielly as Ralph, Sarah Silverman as Vanellope VonSchweets and Jane Lynch as Sergeant Calhoun, my son and I were laughing during most of the movie and on the drive home he was asking when we can we buy this on DVD. This awesome mash-up of comedy and 3D animation has made “Wreck-It-Ralph” a must see family movie!”

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Disclosure: Princess Michelle was given the chance to see this movie early as a Princess Perk.  All thoughts and comments are her own.