Monster High Scaris: City of Frights (2013)
This movie originally aired on TV in 2013 but wasn’t released on DVD until 2015. Since I haven’t watched my purchased copy yet I decided it was time to open it and re-watch this movie for this blog.
One of the reasons I like this movie is that it focuses on several of the characters instead of just one as the newer movies have started doing. While Clawdeen Wolf, daughter of the Werewolf, is getting a chance to prove herself as an up and coming fashion designer in Scaris (the equivalent of Paris) Frankie Stein, daughter of Frankenstein, and Rochelle Goyle, daughter of the gargoyle, are looking for Rocehelle’s long lost boyfriend from before she moved to Monster High. The two had written letters after she moved and with no explanation he stopped writing her. At the same time back at Monster High the ghouls boyfriends get worried about their ghouls being in the most romantic city in the world and sneak away to Scaris to check up on them. Not to mention the other girls have their own adventure in Scaris exploring icons and the culture of the city. As you can see there is a lot crammed into about an hour of time but it was nicely done and how it all connected together helped with the overall story.
Another reason this episode is so great is its exploration of other cultures. Further encouraging the series’ focus on acceptance of differences in others. For example, children are exposed to Mexico’s emphasis on family and their ancestors. The character designs of both Jinafire Long, daughter of the dragon, and Skelita Calaveras, daughter of the skeleton, brilliantly pull in iconic aspects of their cultures with a high fashion blend.
The only thing I didn’t like about this movies was the last few minutes didn’t fit into the over all plot. Clawdeen’s sketch book ends up having its own personality, in other words it is alive, which causes some trouble. By trouble I mean it causes some of the characters to miss their flight home and they must find alternative means to get home. Though this leads them on a crazy fun adventure it felt like filler for the TV time slot this movie was originally allowed. I am sure kids love this part. I will not deny that I enjoyed it but found it unnecessary for the over all story. Filler episodes drive me crazy and I have been known to stop watching a series if there are too many of these episodes. For this movies ranking among the other Monster High movies I am not taking these segment into consideration.
Important lessons for this movie, be true to yourself! There is no need to change who you are to accomplish your dreams or to make others happy.
Favorite Phrases: “All that and a bag of bolts.”- Frankie
New Characters/Dolls: Jinafire Long, daughter of the dragon, Skelita Calaveras, daughter of the skeleton, Rochelle Goyle, daughter of the gargoyle, Garrott du Roque, son of the gargoyle (Garrott’s doll was released for the first time when the DVD was released), and Catrine DeMew, daughter of the werecat.
Clever locations in this move: Catacombs of Scaris, a reference to the Catacombs of Paris, the Eiffel Terror, a reference to the Eiffel Tower, Ogre Dame Cathedral, a reference to Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Boovre, a reference to the Louvre.
Mala’s rating: 4 out of 5.
IMDB: 6.8 out of 10 as of 4/4/16
Amazon: Available for rent or purchase on Prime. Rated 4.6 out of 5 as of 4/4/16.
Available for streaming at time of review
Netflix: Available for streaming at time of review
Check out my overall review of Monster High and other Monster High reviews here!