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After surviving a viewing of this, my impression is that this is one of
those movies that was filmed simultaneously as the script was still
being written - you know, "Okay, we're done with Scene 10... hurry up
and finish writing scene 11... we begin shooting it tomorrow." This
explains why characters seem to drop into the story with no explanation
or background, like when the National Guard just happens to be on the
scene of a spider attack... did somebody call them or were they just
driving through the area at the time?
There are too many "conveniences" in the plot. Tracey Gold's character just happens to be an expert on arachnology, the Guardsman's daughter just happens to be aboard the bus they are trying to rescue. Add to this the hammed-up acting and what you get is a cast of cardboard characters you have no empathy for.
And what is it with that background music? The generic "scenes of peril" film score runs at full volume throughout the majority of the movie!
Since the IMDb ratings system only allows whole numbers, I give this a "1." If it were possible I would award it an extra half point for (unintentional) comedic value for the scene of the final showdown with the giant cheap-CGI spider.
In short, this is another movie I highly recommend...
...that you avoid.
I managed to get through this "movie" without too much of a loss of
brain cells, and decided to read some of the other reviews on this
page. Some have tried to find comedy, irony or symbolism in this film.
Depending on how you look at it, I suppose some of these
characteristics could be uncovered if you look hard enough. But
regardless of what you see in this, let's face it...
THIS MOVIE IS BORING! If it were possible to hold a race in which the entrants were a glacier, a snail, a turtle, and this movie... which one would finish in last place? You guessed it; this movie contains one of the most slowest-paced, dragged-out stories I have ever seen.
Had the writing been better it may have been an average film. However, what we end up with is this sleep-inducing variant of watching paint dry.
Avoid this at all costs, unless you are suffering from insomnia.
Here is another waste of 80 minutes of your life that you will want
This has all the elements of a horrible movie: cardboard stereotyped characters portrayed by amateurish actors, a lame plot, locker-room dialogue which sounds as if it were written by Beavis and/or Butthead, and a cheap 1960s-era rubber monster costume. The "Avatar" (named "Ava" - how creative!) is a woman in blue make-up obviously stolen from a movie of the same name. She comes to Earth in pursuit of the "Scythe," a rubber alien which must be destroyed before it can multiply. To aid in her hunt for this creature, she brings with her a "Robotar," a robot that looks like it is on loan from the prop department of "Power Rangers."
The cheap background music and 1980s CGI special effects do not enhance this ridiculous attempt at another "stop the aliens from invading the Earth" movie. If you can manage to stay awake through the first hour of this, you may enjoy the final 20 minutes watching the laughable showdown between the alien and the Avatar.
Otherwise, avoid this at all costs.
If you have had the misfortune of seeing any of the live-action
Saturday morning kids' shows from the 1970's (or if you were
unfortunate enough to have grown up in that time period), then
basically you have seen this movie.
It's all been done before. A mysterious mystical guy is searching for the descendant of a long line of "Puma Men" to guide him in the ways of the puma, which include flying and a type of red-tinted psychic night-vision. This must be an educational film, as I did not know pumas could fly. He finds his subject, who is reluctant to assume these powers and spends the remainder of the movie whining and complaining. I guess I would whine too, after realizing all the good superhero powers were already taken, and I was left with this.
The rest is predictable. PumaMan masters his ability conjure up a lame background theme song every time he flies. His take-offs and landings are enhanced with 1970's video game sound effects. And he completes his training, just in time of course, to take on Kobras, an evil villain who is determined to... guess... control the world. I didn't see that coming.
The movie includes a limited disco-garbage soundtrack and special effects that are truly ground-breaking (for the 1940's). Donald Pleasence (who must have been exhausted after pursuing Michael Myers and needed an easier adversary), as the evil Kobras, constantly pronounces "PumaMan" as "Pew-ma Man." Think of it as "phew - this movie stinks."
Because it truly does.
Everything about this movie is horrible. It has:
1. A plot that can be summed up in two sentences.
2. Cinematography that is on par with your grandparents' 8mm home movies.
3. Acting that is... wait... you can't honestly call it acting.
4. A 20-minute movie that is padded with a recycled fairy-tale film to achieve a 90-minute run time.
5. A "Thumbelina" insert that has the production quality of a middle-school play.
6. Costumes and scenery that are atrocious.
7. Children who cannot sing.
8. A Santa with a beard that looks ready to fall off his face at any time.
9. Lame attempts at humor.
10. Amateurish special effects.
11. A cameo appearance by Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. What the ...?
12. A completely irrelevant appearance by the completely irrelevant Ice Cream Bunny, who has completely nothing to do with the aforementioned dessert treat.
This could be used as an interrogation tool in prison, or something to threaten children with when they misbehave. Sheer torture.
"Little House on the Prairie" would occasionally move away from its
often intense drama and feature a light-hearted or comical episode.
"Halloween Dream" is one of these failed attempts at humor.
The title is misleading because Albert's dream has nothing to do with the holiday other than having him and Laura dressing in costumes.
I won't bother to rehash the plot since another reviewer has already done so, but I will say that this episode isn't worth anyone's time.
The storyline is an insult to Native Americans. It utilizes every B-movie Western stereotype imaginable. It is beyond me how this was ever green-lighted. It is definitely not funny.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
My favorite film genre is time travel, so I don't know if I can write
an objective review of this series. What I will say is I think this
show is great.
Based on the Time Warp Trio book series by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, the adventures center around Joe, a magician wannabe and his friends Fred, the sports fanatic, and Sam, a timid intellectual. On his tenth birthday, Joe receives an unusual book from an enigmatic uncle. The book, which is known simply as "The Book," turns out to be a time-travel device. The boys don't really understand how The Book works, the result of which is that they can find themselves anywhere in time, past or future.
This is where the "educational" aspect of the show kicks in. The boys always encounter some historical figure, whom they help out while trying to locate The Book and get back home. Enough facts are inserted into the story to make this a fun history lesson.
Joe, Fred and Sam do not appear together in all of the episodes. The Trio could actually be described as a Septet. They are sometimes accompanied by their future great-granddaughters: Jodie, the complainer and heir to The Book, Freddi, the worrywart, and Samantha, the eccentric one. Joe's younger sister Anna, who might just know more about The Book than anyone, pops in on occasion. The episodes can contain any combination of these seven characters.
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Production-wise, the show combines limited-animation characters with computer-generated effects over sometimes detailed backgrounds. The theme song by punk band Riddlin' Kids is catchy and infectious. The dialog is witty and includes enough "gross-out" humor to appeal to a wide range of viewers. One flaw I noticed is that the historical facts are not always accurate; one example is the episode with Leonardo Da Vinci: his grocery list from 1503 includes tomatoes, a New World plant not cultivated in Europe until the 1540's.
In my opinion, the strongest point of Time Warp Trio is in the selection of historic personages. A figure from any era or continent may be featured. It is refreshing to learn new facts about rarely-mentioned Asian, African, South Pacific or pre-Columbian American cultures.
If you like history, time travel and clever banter, most likely you will enjoy Time Warp Trio. You'll laugh. You'll learn.
There are some funny moments in this show, particularly the interaction
between Kenny and the neighbor's dog, Marty. Overall the series is
charming, informative and will address an issue (i.e. Kenny being
jealous of the parrot Kat brought home) without being too preachy or
There is also an interesting cast of human characters on this show, too numerous to list here. I think Kat is so cute!
"Kenny" has been renewed for a second season; the new episodes started October 2, 2004. I hope it has a long enough run to warrant release on DVD.
Cartoon Network just showed this film yesterday, and I must agree with the
This is a great movie. What really works is the use of the Broadway show format and its clever music. I love the song about being "despicable" sung by the Undertaker, Charwoman and Laundry Lady. There's a definite early-1960s-Broadway feeling to this that could have quickly become outdated had it not been a Christmas program. It has a certain nostalgic flavor that its creators could not have forseen.
Like "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol" should become part of the annual Christmas TV programming tradition.