Turkey Hollow DVD Review
“Turkey Hollow” arrives just in time for Thanksgiving.
Based on story elements envisioned by the late Jim Henson, “Turkey Hollow” is a Lifetime family movie about a divorced father (Ron) and his 2 children (Annie and Tim) visiting Ron’s Aunt Cly in the fictional Turkey capital of the Pacific Northwest (the titular Turkey Hollow). While there, Tim investigates a local legend monster (the Howling Hoodoo) which unfortunately causes him to land in hot water with a villainous angry farmer (Eldridge). To make a long story short, the rest of the film deals with monsters (which may or may not exist) and Eldridge’s illegal evil plan which could threaten Aunt Cly’s farm.
Looking at the credits, “Turkey Hollow” seems to be quite a production. Not only is “Turkey Hollow” a Jim Henson Company production complete with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop work, but the film also happens to star Mary Steenburgen and Ludacris and contain a score by the beloved Michael Giacchino. Alas, all of this talent doesn’t quite equal a good movie.
While “Turkey Hollow” has likable characters, some welcome adult humor, and a touching (albeit sappy) story about family, the film’s fantastical creatures destroy the story. Now, I should say that I have nothing but the utmost respect for the artistry of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. After all, they have created numerous imaginative and iconic characters over the years. Unfortunately, the magical musical monsters that eat rocks are not their finest work. Not only are they irritating, but the designs are rather cringe worthy.
Another unnecessary element here is Ludacris who appears before and behind the camera as the narrator. The narration is entirely needless here and he feels shoe horned in simply because they wanted more star power for the film.
Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? A solid looking TV movie.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 2.0. How does it sound? Pretty strong for a mere 2.0 track.
The lone extra is a Digital copy.
Overall: “Turkey Hollow” isn’t a bad movie, but it does have some embarrassing elements to be sure.
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