Alice in Wonderland (1985) starring Natalie Gregory, Sheila Allen, Carol Channing, Harvey Korman, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Ernest Borgnine, Beau Bridges, Lloyd Bridges, Merv Griffin, Sally Struthers, Donna Mills, Jonathan Winters
Synopsis of Alice in Wonderland
Sometimes she’s too big. Or much too small. Sometimes things are backwards. And there’s always too much pepper in the soup! Nothing is quite right since Alice chased a very unusual White Rabbit and stumbled into an adventure that grows curiouser and curiouser. One of the greatest childhood fantasies ever is captured in Irwin Allen’s colorful, all-star production adapted from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Steve Allen wrote the jolly, witty songs and more than a dozen Hollywood stars join in the wondrous fun. Alice is looking for a way home. And happy to be welcomed into yours.
Editorial review of The Ruby Princess Runs Away (2001) courtesy of Amazon.com
It’s coronation day for the four Jewel Princesses, but where is Princess Roxanne? It seems the young Princess fears the responsibilities and loss of freedom inherent in ruling a kingdom, so she’s run away. Faithful servant Twitter follows the Princess and, when she cannot be persuaded to return to the castle, promises to accompany her. The pair is soon set upon by the evil Darklings, who steal the Princess’s valuable ruby necklace and then attack a goldsmith and his wife on their way to the coronation. Ever the compassionate soul, the Princess stops to help the couple and they, in turn, lead the Princess to realize that her keen ear and kind heart are qualities destined to make her a great leader. When the foursome discover the Darklings’ plot to dupe the King and Queen into crowning an impostor, it’s up to the Princess to recover her ruby necklace and stop the coronation.
Editorial Review of Jingle Bells starring Jason Alexander, Don Knotts, Shelly Long courtesy of Amazon.com Sacrificial giving–reminiscent of O. Henry’s timeless “Gift of the Magi”–is the theme… Read More »Jingle Bells [movie]
102 Dalmatians (2000), starring Glenn Close, Eric Idle, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Evans, Tim McInnerny, Gerard Depardieu Editorial review of 102 Dalmatians, courtesy of Amazon.com Don’t be fooled by the title. Rather than… Read More »102 Dalmatians
The Cat from Outer Space (1978) starring Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, McLean Stevenson, Harry Morgan, Roddy McDowall, Jesse White, Hans Conried
Editorial review of The Cat from Outer Space courtesy of Amazon.com
Here’s today’s trivia question: What Disney movie costars both colonels from television’s M*A*S*H–that is, Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson) and Sherman Potter (Harry Morgan)? Heck, that’s easy: 1978’s The Cat from Outer Space, a family comedy about a feline extraterrestrial named Jake (voiced by actor Ronnie Schell, who also plays Sergeant Duffy). Eerily similar to the plot of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, released four years later, Cat finds Jake stuck on Earth and in danger of being trapped here forever if his fellow space kitties can’t rendezvous with him soon.
Never A Dull Moment (1968), starring Dick Van Dyke, Edward G. Robinson, Dorothy Provine
Product description for Never a Dull Moment
There’s magic in the memories as great Disney moments are captured right here for you and your family to enjoy. Welcome to the world of Jack Albany — New Yorker, struggling actor — and art thief? He isn’t really, but when a mobster kingpin with his eye on a priceless painting mistakes Albany for a famous West Coast gangster, Jack’s earnest attempts to set the record straight only escalate his involvement in a daring museum robbery. Dick Van Dyke, Edward G. Robinson, and Dorothy Provine head a cast of crooks, molls, heroes, and half-wits in this fast-paced, laugh-packed comedy thriller!
Disney’s first original made-for-video movie, The Return of Jafar picks up where Aladdin ended, with the evil sorcerer Jafar trapped inside a magic lamp. But when a clumsy thief releases Jafar from the lamp, Jafar plots his revenge against Aladdin. Now it’s up to Aladdin and his friends to foil Jafar once and for all and save the sultan’s kingdom
Editorial review of Gus starring Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Ed Asner, Tom Bosley courtesy of Amazon.com
When Andy, brother of a Yugoslavian soccer hero, brings Gus, a field goal-kicking mule, to the United States as halftime entertainment for a losing Atoms football team, laughs and lasting fame follow. Gus’s intelligent, almost human interactions with his Yugoslavian ball holder and the devious duo intent on stifling Andy and Gus’s success are amusing and entertaining. An extended mule chase through a busy supermarket and Gus’s drunken acceptance of an award on “Gus Day” are only two examples of the slapstick comedy that pervades this 97-minute film. Talents Edward Asner, Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Gary Grimes, Dick Enberg, and Tom Bosley enliven the somewhat predictable plot of this 1976 Disney film. Other notable appearances include real-life football players Dick Butkus and Johnny Unitas. This is fun, wholesome entertainment for children ages 3 and older. —Tami Horiuchi
Editorial review of Air Buddies courtesy of Amazon.com
The canine star of Air Bud and its host of sequels is on the screen again, but this time Buddy, his girlfriend Molly, and their human owners Noah and Henry have their hands and paws full with a litter of five mischievous puppies that talk. From Budderball who’s obsessed with food to the meditating Bud-Dha and the dirt-loving Mudbud, each of the puppies is as unique as a sibling can be. When it comes time to adopt the young puppies into new families, humans and dogs alike are distraught and the puppies decide to run away. Enter a spoiled rich boy named Bartleby who wants Air Bud as a birthday present, a dim-witted cousin, and a doltish thug employed by Bartleby’s father, and mayhem prevails as Buddy and Molly get dog-napped and Noah, Henry, and the runway puppies all set out to rescue them. As the chase winds over the river, through the woods, to the drive-in movie, and straight through the farmyard, slapstick comedy and satire reign and the whole gang learns an important lesson about the value of teamwork, love, and courage. While children ages 3 to 10 will delight in the capers of these cute talking puppies, most adults will find the plot predictable and the action less than riveting. Talent includes Don Knotts, Richard Karn, and Michael Clarke Duncan. —Tami Horiuchi