Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Now Available to Own on DVD -- Eleanor's Secret (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.



“A fanciful ode to the joy of reading!” –The Wall Street Journal
“Charming! Imaginative! The animation appeals to all ages and parents will appreciate the pro-literacy message at the pic’s heart.” -Variety

"GKIDS, in conjunction with Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM), released ELEANOR’S SECRET on DVD, DIGITAL PLATFORMS, and ON DEMAND on August 12th.

From Academy Award—nominated director Dominque Monfery (Destino, Disney’s Tarzan, Hercules and The Hunchback of Notre Dame) comes a sumptuously animated movie. Winning Special Prize at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Official Selection for the Seattle, Rome, and London International Film Festivals, Eleanor’s Secret is a beautifully designed, rollicking adventure in which a boy’s newfound ability to read not only sets his imagination free, but saves the day! Follow Nat’s adventure in a magic library with the help of classic characters and stories that come alive including: Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, Tom Thumb and more!


Synopsis

ELEANOR’S SECRET is a magical adventure for the entire family! In a dusty old attic Nat discovers a magical library where famous storybook characters come to life.  He makes friends with the fairytale stars from Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Pinocchio, Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and more.  But Nat soon learns that his fairytale friends are in danger and the only way to save them is for Nat to learn to read an ancient spell that will keep the characters alive for future generations of children."
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My Thoughts:

I have watched over a dozen of kids' movies in the past few weeks, but have to say that Eleanor's Secret is by far my favorite one.  This family favorite movie will excite both children and adults alike as they are taken on a journey and meet some of our favorite classic fairytale characters.  I am a huge fan of The Jungle Book and Alice and Wonderland and loved seeing Nat discover these famed characters, as he embarks on a journey to save these characters so that future generations can enjoy them and their stories.  

While there have been similar storylines were storybooks have come to life and children are seen engaging with the different characters. But, I don't think I have seen one where the premise is for a child to learn about the different characters and have to save them for others to enjoy.  

In  addition to the unique storyline, I also found myself enjoying the unique animation and way the stories and characters were introduced.  They may look simple, but if you really stop to take in each scene, you will find them to be detailed and full of life.  The story comes to life and pulls you in from start to finish.  And, like my girls, I found myself wondering when we would watch it again...and again.  Thankfully, I didn't have to wait long, as the girls came running down the stairs the next morning and asked to watch it. :-)

If you like animated movies to share stories and characters from your favorite childhood classic, including fairytale characters, then you will want to pick up Eleanor's Secret to watch with your family. This would make for the perfect family movie night selection, that everyone in the family, both young and old, will enjoy watching together, time and again.


Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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