Ponyo 2008 (w/ voices of Noah Cyrus, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson) – 4 stars – So gorgeously done! It was a great story too. I really enjoyed seeing this studio ghibli film and so did my husband and sons. It was adorable about a little fish who has the ability to transform into a girl, and about the boy that helps her.
Snowball Express 1972 (w/ Dean Jones, Nancy Olson) – 2.75 stars – I love family Disney films, Dean Jones of course did many of them. This was about a family who inherits a ski resort hotel but it is so beat up when they get there. Other things occur after that which makes for a fun film.
Monkeys Go Home 1967 (w/ Dean Jones, Yvette Mimieux) – 3 stars – a man inherits land and needs workers. He gets some chimps to help him out with it, and cares very much for them. Of course being in France, he is told that they don’t like the Monkeys and want them to go home. It also it a love story intertwined and is very cute.
Cats 1998 (w/ Elaine Paige, John Mills) – 3 stars – I live pretty close to Broadway (20 mins) and have only seen one production (Riverdance!), but Cats was HUGE. I remember the commercial for it so well. They showed it all the time for years. The music in this is really great. The dancing is adorable. My problem with it is that the setting was boring. ONE setting just strains my eyes. It started to get a little slow at times with the story because of that. For years I wanted to see this, and now that I saw it through DVD, I was a little disappointed. I love that I finally did get to see it though, since it is no longer on Broadway. Another thing that irked me is that in the commercial all these little kids talked up a storm about how great it is, and I knew lots and lots of kids who went ot see it. There is a part where a male cat slides his hands downwards over a female cat’s breasts slowly. They are in their little skin tight outfits, but this just was something they could have left out.
Alice in Wonderland 2010 (w/ Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska) – 3.5 stars – Rob was so disappointed in this because he read the books – which this is hardly like the book other than the characters, says he. I liked that this was more like a sequel to everything, since Alice is older than the age she was in the books. I thought it was very creative. The costumes were amazing and I loved how beautiful and artistic everything was. I don’t think it is too younger kid friendly though in case you want your kids to see it. I’d say wait until they are about 8. There is eye stabbing and things like that. The art really is spectacular! This has a bit of a love story intertwined in it too. A girl who believes she’s had bad dreams her whole life ends up finding out that maybe her dreams are real. Does she have the courage to face circumstances or will she run away from it all and allow others to choose for her?
OC Supertones’ “Little Man” – I think I love this song because Rob plays it so often on bass that it gets in my head randomly sometimes