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As for the Games and Activities section, there’s a “Fun With Language” activity that teaches the kiddies all about musical instruments, but the real draw here is the “Disney Virtual Kitten”. Players pick one of four kittens (Aristo-stars Marie, Toulouse and Berlioz, plus special guest cat Figaro) and, using their DVD remote control, can take care of the often finicky feline. Honestly, it is not all that exciting, but hey, at least you don’t have to clean out a litter box.
Toon Talk Rating: C
This week is the Chinese New Year, celebrating
the Year of the Rat, and no more is that more true then in the award race,
where Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille is raking in the gold left
and right. Wins include the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics’
Choice, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe and the
Producers Guild of America awards. This all points to victory come Oscar
night (February 24), where Ratatouille is nominated for five
Academy Awards (making it the most nominated Pixar film to date and tying
it with Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin as the most
nominated animated films ever). In addition to Best Animated Feature and
Best Original Screenplay nods for Brad Bird, Michael Giacchino’s Original
Score was also recognized, as well as the film’s sound mixers and sound
Sarah Bolger, Freddie Highmore and Freddie Highmore are siblings who enter a fantastical world in The Spiderwick Chronicles (Paramount, February 15).
Don’t worry if you start seeing spots next month -- it’s just the Platinum Edition DVD of 101 Dalmatians (Disney DVD, March 4).
It did it in theaters, so no reason to think you won’t be Enchanted all over again when it comes home (Disney DVD, March 18).
-- Kirby C. Holt
Kirby is a lifelong Disney fan and film buff. He is also an avid list maker and chronic ellipsis user ... In addition to his Toon Talk reviews, Kirby is the creator of Movie Dearest, a blog for movie fans.
Took Talk: Disney Film & Video Reviews by Kirby C. Holt is posted whenever there's something new to review.
The opinions expressed by our Kirby C. Holt, and all of our columnists, do not necessarily represent the feelings of LaughingPlace.com or any of its employees or advertisers. All speculation and rumors about the future plans of the Walt Disney Company are just that - speculation and rumors - and should be treated as such.
-- Posted February 5, 2008