Monster High: Haunted (2015)

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Genre: Animation, Family, Monster High

Rated: Not rated

In this feature we learn about how gossip can be bad in several ways through the movie. Spectra Vondergeist, daughter of the Specter, is struggling to find new stories for her blog so she starts writing about what people say without checking her facts causing rumors to float through Monster High. We also learn about the ghost world of Monster High when the girls go to Haunted High to find out why Draculaura, daughter of Dracula, is being haunted and my whom. Especially since no ghost has haunted a “solid” (everyone who is not a ghost) since the Red Lady, an evil woman who basically ruined haunting for all ghosts and was punished by having to wear chains for each crime she committed. Chains she must work off. As a result all ghosts are now afraid of “solids”.

While the ghouls are at Monster High they learn that the head mistress punishes the students by giving them detention chains for breaking rules. These rules are not fairly administered and sometimes are made up on the spot. Spectra ends up trapped in the ghost world for bringing the ghouls into Haunted High where no “solid” has been before. Of course the other ghouls can’t leave her stuck at Haunter High so they turn themselves into ghosts with the help of Twyla, daughter of the Boogie Man, to help their friend and enter the ghost world again. Part of the plot is dependent on the fact that they use magic sand to turn themselves into ghosts and need to use sand to turn themselves into their fab monster selves. The Head mistress becomes obsessed with bringing all ghosts in Monster High back to Haunted High and then turning monsters into ghosts since she knows now there is a way to do this and bring more ghosts to her school.

One of my favorite new characters is Aye, a cuddle fish who is the companion of Vandala Doubloons, daughter of a ghost pirate. He is so cute! I was disappointed her doll didn’t come with him. Poor decision on the Mattel’s part but I can see why they didn’t for continuity of all the dolls released with this movie. I really enjoyed Vandala;s character too. I wish that there was more of her in this movie. Hopefully she will be back in the series. I mean a pirate ghost who gets sea sick? Come on, its funny!

There are a lot of great aspects of this movie such as cleaver names such as River Styxx. I totally geeked out over this name the first time I watched this movie. Greek mythology references for the win! For those of you who don’t enjoy mythology the River Styx runs between Earth and the underworld that the dead have to cross. Considering she is the daughter of the Grim Reaper it is a very fitting name.

Fun verbiage from this movie: Las Plagus, Scaribbean, Davy Bones

tumblr_nf8vruBH7W1rzpn7fo2_r1_1280New Characters: River Styxx, daughter of the Grim Reaper; Vandala Doubloons, daughter of a ghost pirate; Aye; Ms. RevenantKiyomi Haunterly, daughter of the Noppera-bō; Porter “Paintergeist” Geiss, son of the Poltergist; Hall Moanitors

Mala’s Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

IMDB: 5.7 out of 10 as of 6/2016

Amazon: 4.8 out of 5 stars as of 6/2016. Available for purchase and renting for Prime members.

Netflix: Available for streaming at time of review

Check out the other blogs on Monster High and see were they rank on my list!

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Leroy & Stitch (2006, video)

Disclaimer: I select the majority of movies I watch based off the title and the image, rarely reading the synopsis. Though this has sometimes proven painful, it has also led me to some amazing gems of cinematography. These reviews are my personal opinion and does not reflection anyone else’s or companies’. You are more than welcome to disagree with me and like or dislike a movie according to your personal values and thoughts. By all means make your own judgment! This review is based on of my own rating system. The opinions of this movie may or may not have been influences by adult beverages. Of all disclaimers the following is the most important: This review may contain spoilers. That is your warning. I will begin all potential spoilers with “SPOILER” and end it with “SPOILER OVER”. Please continue reading at your own risk. Or enjoyment!
 photo 38866eec389739ad2e8f012f4dd485c62ce1eeaf_zps3xdnqtdd.jpgReviewed: 3/2015

Genre: Animation. Adventure. DisneyFamily.

This movie is in addition to Lilo & Stitch, a Disney must see in my book! I recently discovered this lesser known gem called Leroy & Stitch!  Which is also a must see if you liked the first movie.  BTW this movie is the conclusion to the Disney Channel television series.  Which is now on my must watch list, thanks to this movie!  I didn’t even know that this was a thing!  WHY DID I NOT KNOW THIS WAS A THING?!

Synopsis: After many adventures Lilo, Stitch, Jumba, and Pleakley have located all 625 of Jumba’s experiments, altered their bad to good levels, and found them new homes.  In honor of their great deeds the Galactic Alliance rewards them!  However, these rewards cause the group to separate forcing Lilo to have another life lesson and grow as a person.  In true Disney fashion, it makes everyone realize how much they love and appreciate the little family they made together.  This is no spoiler because all this is revealed in the processes before the major conflict is known.

While all of this change is happening, Gantu (the big shark guy in the first movie) breaks Dr. Hämsterviel out of prison. Together they force Jumba to complete a new evil experiment. 627, a.k.a Leroy.  Basically an upgraded Stitch  photo 629_-_Leroy_zpstxfuzepi.jpgcolored red .  To make matters worse Dr. Hämsterviel clones Leroy!  You may be wondering why does he do all this?  Because Dr. Hämsterviel wants to take over the Galactic Alliance.  They also decided to recapture the happy 625 experiments to make them evil again.

Our band of misfit heroes join back together with the assistance of all 625 previous experiments to save the Galactic Alliance.  Of course they save the day, it is a Disney movie so no spoilers there!

Mala’s Thoughts: I LOVED this movie!  There was a lot of thought that went into this movie and involving creatures from the TV show.  Mind you, 625 experiments are a lot to develop so some character designs are extremely minimal!  But they did well incorporating them into the story and into the background of Hawaiian life.  The creative side of me would have loved being in on the design meetings!  So much potential here!

Would this be a good drinking movie? I recommend watching this movie sober but it can be made into a drinking game.  Just take a shot/sip for each of Jumba’s experiments that made it into the movie. Though you might want a beverage to sip on for this game cause there are 627 experiments. And some scenes you will have to chug to keep up with the experiments appearances.

Rated: G

Duration:1 hour, 13 minutes

IMDB:  Rated 6.2 of 10 stars, as of 3/17/15.

Netflix: Available as of 3/16/2015

Amazon: Rated just shy of the full 5 stars, as of 3/17/15.

Mala’s Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

Disney’s page on Leroy & Stitch.  You will also find the official trailer on this website.

Disney Wiki