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Review: Littlest Petshop: Little Pets, Big Adventures

LPS_LPBA_PS300dpiOut on DVD today is Littlest Pet Shop: Little Pets, Big Adventures. This DVD collection is based on the popular Littlest Pet Shop toy brand from Hasbro. The series first debuted on The Hub TV network back in November and now the half-hour series is available to own.

The story follows Blythe Baxter, a young girl who loves fashion and designing clothes. When she and her dad move to a new apartment located above the Littlest Pet Shop store, Blythe suddenly discovers that she has the uncanny ability to communicate with the animals. This sets the stage up for some unique adventures as Blythe learns to adjust to her new surroundings, deal with a clique of “mean girls”, and relates to the eccentric pet shop owner, Mrs. Twombly.

Like many animated series targeting towards children, we have the usual song and dance numbers that deal with self-confidence and friendship while providing a moralistic tone. However, this series does have enough stylization and narration to hold the attention of adult viewers. Especially those adult viewers who are constantly trying to find appropriate shows to share with their kids.

With an all-new original music by Daytime Emmy® Award nominee Daniel Ingram and the vocal talent of Ashleigh Ball, Tabitha St. Germain, Nicole Oliver and Peter New. Littlest Pet Shop: Little Pets, Big Adventures provides great family entertainment.

The DVD collection includes the following five episodes:

  • Blythe’s Big Adventure – Parts 1 & 2
  • Bad Hair Day
  • Gailbreak!
  • Penny For Your Laughs

The DVD also features bonus content that includes coloring, sheets, the all new featurette, ““A Look Behind The Pet Shop Doors”, and an offer for a virtual collectable pet through the Littlest Pet Shop game app.

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Review: Frankenweenie on Blu-Ray

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To put it simply, “Frankenweenie” is the story about a boy and his dog. However, tales about boys and their dogs are often more than what they seem on the surface, and this latest effort from mastermind Tim Burton is no exception. This dark and stunningly visual stop-motion animation production in conjunction with Disney Studios is a joyous homage to all the things that are wonderful about childhood.

The story centers around Victor, a young boy with a penchant for scientific study who suddenly loses his beloved dog Sparky. Instead of accepting the loss, Victor decides to bring his dog back to life using the power of science, and that is when things take an uproariously hilarious turn. Shot in a noir-esque black & white tone, this film maintains the spirit of Tim Burton’s original 1984 short film while creating a new updated narrative that speaks to kids and adults of all ages. “Frankenweenie” is fun and engaging without being too dark and over the top for kids, but also maintains a nice storyline that can hold a parent’s interest, and doesn’t have a condescending vibe like many family and children’s oriented films seem to take these days.

The four disc Blu-Ray combo pack includes:

  • Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy
  • All New Original Short: “Captain Sparky vs The Flying Saucers”—An exciting all-new short featuring Victor and Sparky’s home movie.
  • “Miniatures In Motion: Bringing ‘Frankenweenie’ To Life”—Viewers get an in-depth tour of the London set that includes never-before-seen footage showcasing the hundreds of artists who worked on the film.
  • “Frankenweenie” Touring Exhibit—Allows audiences to explore the artistry of the film’s puppets, sets and props in a showcase that’s traveling the world.
  • “Frankenweenie” Original Live Action Short—Burton’s original live-action short film.
  • Music Video—“Pet Sematary” performed by Plain White T’s

Frankenweenie is out in stores now!

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Interview: Tim Burton on the Blu-Ray and DVD Release of Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie4DiscComboFrom Disney and creative genius Tim Burton (Alice In Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes the hilarious and offbeat Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog.

After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life – with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation – but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town learn that getting a new ‘leash on life’ can be monstrous.

Boasting an electrifying variety of bonus materials on Blu-ray and DVD, the stop-motion animated masterpiece is filled with quirky characters and unexpected twists. The madcap movie features an all-star cast including the voices of Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder.

We catch up with iconic film director Tim Burton to find out more…

Frankenweenie is described as a semi-autobiographical project. Does this mean the younger characters in the movie are based on your classmates from school?

The kids in the movie are based on various real people, but they are also based on horror icons like Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and dubbed Japanese movies that I remember seeing as a child. They relate to movies and actors, as well as real people that I remember from my childhood.

The main character, Victor, loves to make movies. Is that what you used to do when you were a child?

Yes, I did. A lot of kids did, actually. It was a fun thing to do, and it became a very easy way to get good grades.

What movies did you make?

Sometimes I’d make stop-motion movies and sometimes I would make live-action movies. Sometimes I filmed drawings, or I did a mixture of things.

Were you also into science projects, just like Victor in Frankenweenie?

I liked the idea of making things and creating things, but I guess I always treated science and art as quite similar thematically. I feel like the idea of science and short filmmaking, and doing science fairs and projects like building volcanoes, is all in a similar vein.

Did you have a pet dog like Sparky when you were a child?

When I was a child, I had a really strong connection with a dog we named Pepe. He was a mutt who was ill for a very long time.

Is Sparky based on Pepe?

This dog is nondescript. He wasn’t meant to be like a literal translation of my dog. He is more of an emotional translation.

Do you have any dogs in your life now?

Right now, I don’t have a dog because I travel a lot and I don’t want to leave it abandoned while I’m away.

Has your family got any pets?

My kid has a tortoise and three terrapins, but that’s about all we can handle at the moment.

When it comes to Frankenweenie, why did you decide to create the movie in black and white?

I find black and white very beautiful. It gives a real sense of emotion. I was really excited about seeing this in black and white because there’s a depth in the black and white, which I love. I was very happy that the studio went along with the idea. If they wanted it in color, I wouldn’t have done it.

Do you dream in black and white or in color?

I’ve had black and white dreams, as well as color dreams. I’ve had both. I love black and white; I always have. I think there’s a real beauty to it. It’s not right for every project, but when you take the color out of something, sometimes you start looking at other things like textures and characters. It does something really interesting.

Frankenweenie is an homage to black and white monster movies from the past. Did those movies scare you as a child?

I think I was more scared by real life rather than movies. I could watch a monster movie fine, but I’d be terrified if I had one of my relatives come over. I was never scared by monster movies because I felt like the monsters were always the most emotional characters – at least in those old films. I guess it’s slightly different these days.

What about spiders and bugs? Do they scare you?

I’m not a big fan of spiders or rats and things like that. I got up one morning on a vacation recently and there was a huge centipede in my bed. I wasn’t very happy about that.

Did you worry that the story of Frankenweenie might be too dark and scary for Disney?

No. In my mind, I always felt confident that it was quite a traditional Disney movie. Disney movies like Bambi and The Lion King have dealt with emotional issues that are not dissimilar in some ways. Disney films have a certain element of danger or darkness in them, and if all of that stuff was taken out of every Disney movie, they wouldn’t feel the same. Frankenweenie has got a happy ending, so I never felt like it was pushing the boundaries very much in terms of that.

You’ve worked on such a wide variety of projects and movies… How does it feel when people come up to you to tell you that they identify with one of your memorable character creations?

The best thing that ever happens to me is not so much about reviews or box office [takings]. I try to make the money back for each film, but the nicest thing is when you get people coming up to admit that they have a personal connection with a character. That’s really, really nice. To me, that means more than anything because that’s the reason why I do this.

Frankenweenie will be available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Platforms on January 8

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Frankenweenie on Blu-Ray

Frankenweenie4DiscComboWant a copy of Frankenweenie? Enter our Contest!

“Frankenweenie” will be out on January 8th in a 4 disc Blu-Ray Combo pack. The movie from Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas”) features the voice talents of Emmy Award®-winner Catherine O’Hara, Tony Award®-winner Martin Short, Academy Award®-winner Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Golden Globe®-winner Winona Ryder.

GeekGirl World will be giving away 1 copy to one of our lucky Facebook friends. Just like our Facebook page  and comment on our “Frankenweenie” contest post, then you are entered to win!

EDIT: (January 9, 2013) Our winner is Tiffany Nichole! Thank you all for entering and stay tuned for our next giveaway!

In the meantime, we have clips to share with you from the movie’s upcoming Blu-Ray release!

“Abandon Gold Mine”

“Colossus Lives”

“Mr. Rzykruski”

“Rocket Man”

“Mr. Whiskers Had A Dream About You”

“You Should Be A Scientist”

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Blade Anime on DVD Review and Giveaway

Blade Anime Box ArtBlade, the popular comic book half human, half vampire hero was the last in the series of animes developed by popular anime producers Madhouse in conjunction with Marvel Entertainment. Blade originally aired on Japanese television in July, 2011 and then debuted on G4TV in January of this year. New York Times best selling author Warren Ellis helped to craft the story line for this reimagining of the tragic Marvel comic book title character.

The first few scenes of episode one set the tone for the rest of the series, as we see the vampire, Deacon Frost, brutally attack a pregnant woman. The woman dies in childbirth but her son, Eric Brooks, lives on to hunt vampires as Blade (voiced in English by Harold Perrineau, “Lost”). Blade tracks the vampire who killed his mother all over Southeast Asia, and discovers a vampire plot to destroy the world as we know it.

Madhouse’s art direction and design really shine in this anime. The action sequences we’re very well put together with colorful nightlife back drops that transport you to the stealthy Southeast Asian underworld. Blade’s Character design is an edgy mix between, Samuel L. Jackson and Mike Tyson. Harold Perrineau does an excellent job of making Blade sound menacing and cool at the same time.

Special features include three new featurettes: The Marvel Anime Universe: Blade Re-Awakened, which takes us into the development process of the daywalking half vampire hero, Blade: The Vampire-Slayer, which compares Blade against other more traditional vampires in folklore, and Special Talk Session: Marvel Anime’s Blade and Wolverine, is an interview with the creators of both anime series. (Read our review on Wolverine here.)

We are giving away one copy of Blade anime on DVD. All you have to do is comment on this review, by registering for our site, or add us to your circles on google+ and comment there.

Contest will end at 3:00pm PST on Friday August 3, 2012. Contest is only open to US residents.

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Wolverine Anime on DVD Review and Giveaway

Wolverine Box ArtWolverine, the anime, hits stores today. The complete 12 episode series from Madhouse and Marvel Television which debuted on Japan television back in January of 2011 and on G4TV in July of that year, is available now in a 2 disc set. New York Times Best Selling Author, Warren Ellis, helped to craft the story line centered around one of Marvel’s most beloved mutant heroes.

The anime begins with the abduction of Logan’s girlfriend, Mariko Yashida a year prior to the main story. Logan (voiced in English by Milo Ventimiglia “Heroes,” “Gilmore Girls”) travels to Japan to find out that the love of his life is being forced to marry Kurohagi, a business partner of her father Shingen, who just happens to be an evil crime lord. Not one to let the girl he loves get away, Logan does what he does best; he starts slashing his way through until he gets to the bottom of whats going on. He is helped on his quest to save Mariko from her loveless arranged marriage by an Yukio, a young assassin.

Madhouse does a really great job with the animation in this edition to their Marvel Anime series. The fight scenes are well drawn and stay true to the anime look and feel. The only exception to this would be the character of Wolverine himself. In this series, he has been given a very lean and long design that is completely unlike is comic book version. The hairstyle is also a departure from the angular cut we are used to in the comics. However, his is not unlike a true anime hero in his design, even if he has a mullet.

Milo Ventimiglia doesn’t have the usual gruffness in his voice that fans have come to associate with Wolverine. You really have to look at this adaptation as not an interpretation but an all together new envisioning of a popular character that has become ingrained in our collective consciousness.

Special features include three new featurettes: The Marvel Anime Universe: Wolverine Reborn, which takes a look at the process involved in creating the series, The Ferocious Anti-Hero: Wolverine Defined which goes into the development of the character, and Wolverine Meets X-Men is an interview with the creators of both Wolverine and the X-Men anime (check out our review.)

We will be giving away one copy of the Wolverine anime. All you have to do is comment on this review, by registering for our site, or like our facebook page and comment there. Contest will end at 12:00pm PST on Friday August 3, 2012. Contest is only open to US residents.

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Google Celebrates Freddie Mercury’s Birthday

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On what would have been the 65th Birthday of Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury, Google decided to transform their logo in his honor. In true geek fashion, they turned Queen’s classic “Don’t Stop Me Now” into an animated wonderland with Freddie as the superhero he sings about in the song. As a music artist and member of the iconic British band, Freddie Mercury’s influence is still visible today in the likes of high profile popular artists from Lady Gaga (who took her stage name from the Queen song “Radio Ga Ga”) to the Foo Fighters.

Known for his larger than life stage presence and his four octave vocal range, Freddie Mercury was also an accomplished composer who wrote many of the songs that were featured on Queen’s 15 studio albums. He died on November 24, 1991 due to complications with AIDS.

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