Cast of challengers: Me & My kids A.k.A. The Mischiefmakers
The Reviewers: Me eager working mom, blogger, wife
Cboy aka “the Tween” (7 ): cynical and snarky kid who is into video games, computers, tech gadgets & is too smart for his own good sometimes and other than an occasional Spongebob or classic Tom & Jerry, has moved on to kids shows with real people in them like iCarly (which I think is a bit too old for him, but that’s another post for another day)
Jboy aka the “Middle boy” (4) : classic angst-filled middle kid who has a wonderful imagination, is curious, energetic & loves movies and has the patience to sit through a movie 1 hour long or more
GG aka the “Toddler” (22 months): typical toddler who is easily entertained by moving sound, objects and music. She’s along for the ride.
With the toddler balanced on one knee gnawing on my rubber cell phone cover and the middle child barely staying on my other knee, we start the movie after I call up a dozen times for snarky 7 year old who thinks he’s too cool for a Santa movie to come up from the basement and review the movie with us. Reluctantly, Cboy watches the movie in true “teenage protest style” while sitting on the steps and peering into the room where we’re watching.
It starts with Trevor introducing the show and how it’s different than other movies….screeeech…before we get there, I must mention that the movie had 4 previews/trailers of other upcoming features which my 4-year old especially DID NOT APPRECIATE. He kept asking, “when is the movie going to start mom?” I eventually forwarded past the scenes, but it was a bit irksome to have to do that especially when there was an option to see the trailers in the menu screen. They would be better left there so that parents can “opt in” to see them rather having to “opt out”.
Anyway, it was a fun movie to watch (in my adult mind) because it was cute and I really enjoyed the voices of the characters singing the original songs in the movie, especially the character Veronica, the little hottie Trevor’s trying to convince Santa really exists. If there was a big lesson about anything in there that children were supposed to come away with, I missed it, but the CGI technology gave it a 3-D effect that I could appreciate, and so could the kids because the extra dimensions were eye catching.
The Tween couldn’t help be snarky throughout the movie. “They’re trying to catch Santa,” I announce at the beginning of the movie. “I know, I just read that a second ago on the screen.” he retorts back. When did this kid turn into a full out teenager, I’m thinking at this point. Also, 10 minutes into the film after disappearing with the DVD box into his corner stair watching point, he comes back, sticks the DVD box in my face and says”see here, the entire plot is explained, can I go now? I get it.” Sheesh. “No!” I tell him. He returns after each song sequence to point out that this is one of 6 songs that is in the movie cause “he read it on the box” (then would proceed to point out the notation on the box indicating that there are “6 Jolly Jammin’ Songs!”)
Well, good thing I made him sit through it, eventually he did get into a couple of the scenes especially the action packed ones when the boys actually shoot Santa from the sky and the snow ball fight between LeFreeze and his snowmen and Trevor, Veronica and kids. So in the end, it did appeal to the Tween but only after being strong-armed to.
The movie was best suited for 4-year old Middle Boy. He sat still through all 66 minutes, bopped his head and hummed at the songs and followed all of the action, activity and dialogue from beginning to end. The perfect demographic for the DVD. Overall, it was a cute story, had fun characters and catchy pop tunes to keep young children entertained.
Good DVD! I give it a Bellyitch Bump up!
check out the Trailer below!