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Wonder Park Blu-ray Review

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“Wonder Park” is a better than average animated film.

In this Nickelodeon Movies production, the story revolves around a young girl (June) and her mother who loves to come up with imaginative ideas for an imaginary fantastical theme park called Wonderland which is run and operated by animals. After June’s mom becomes ill and goes away from treatment, June puts away Wonderland and becomes more of an adult. June becomes coerced into going to math camp, but she decides not to and opts to trek back home to take care of her dad. In the process, however, she is transported to Wonderland which she discovers is being ruined and destroyed because June forgot about it and created the darkness. With the help of the animals that run the park, June must try and restore the park and face her emotions.

“Wonder Park” likely isn’t what you’d expect it to be. On one hand, it does skew very young with its animal characters, noisy and busy action, and goofball humor. On the other hand, the movie has a surprisingly adult side to it that is reminiscent of “Inside Out” (Ok, very reminiscent at times). The film is at its best when it focuses on June and her family, the psychological and existential ideas, and the important themes about creativity, fear, grief, and positivity.

In terms of the animal characters like Boomer the blue bear, Gus and Cooper the beavers, Greta the boar, Steve the porcupine and Peanut the chimp, I can’t say they are particularly memorable. It is quite possible they will be more developed with the animated series that is following this film, but as they stand, they felt more like cute creatures designed to be comedic relief. It’s no disrespect to the talented voice actors who portrayed them. This is more on the writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.

The animation here by Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount Animation and Ilion Animation Studios frequently provides some jaw dropping visuals. Sure, the character models are pretty simplistic, but the environments and the park itself are incredibly detailed.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? The largely impressive animation is serviced well here by this 1080p transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 7.1. How does it sound? Lively (as it should be).

Extras:
* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* Nickelodeon/Paramount ads.
* A sing-along of the PI song.
* A deleted scene titled “Gus Yodeling.”
* “The Wonder Chimp Channel”- A goofy Wonder Chimp centric extra.
* “Making Noises (It’s Actually A Job?!!)-A behind-the-scenes look at the voice cast as well as interviews with cast members.
* “June’s Guide To Wonderland”- A quick overview of the park narrated by June.
* “June’s Welcoming Crew”- June introduces the characters of Wonderland.
* “Boardwalk Caricatures”- 3 segments on how to draw Boomer, Wonder Chimp Princess and Wonder Chimp Pirate.

June 15, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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