Friday, December 30, 2016

Bunyan & Babe by Cinedigm™

Our family was presented with the opportunity to watch and review the movie Bunyan & Babe by Cinedigm™. Click below to take a sneak peek at the trailer for this movie:

An HD version of the animated film will be available exclusively to redeem free through Google Play from January 12  thru February 16, 2017. You can redeem it by clicking here.  The movie will also be showing in twelve theatre markets on February 3. 

Here are a few snapshots from the film:

Travis (Johnny Orlando) and his sister Whitney visit their grandparents for the summer and stumble upon the evil plan of a greedy real estate developer (Kelsey Grammer) to steal the land of the town's longtime residents.

One of the two villains

Travis and his little sister comes to spend the summer with their grandparents.

While running from one of the developer's goons, Travis falls through a magical portal which transports him to the world of American hero, Paul Bunyan (John Goodman) & his pet ox, Babe (Jeff Foxworthy). 

Babe and Paul

Bunyan and Babe get wrapped up in a brand new adventure, and with the help of their new friends Travis and Whitney, they save the town.  Together they learn firsthand that you don't have to be big to do big things.   

Paul sees automobiles for the first time!

Blue with Travis

Bunyan & Babe features the voices of the incredibly talented John Goodman, Kelsey Grammer, and Jeff Foxworthy.  It is a modern take on the American folk story of the legendary lumberjack and his pet blue ox. 

While the Dove Foundation gave this a "Family-Approved" for all ages stamp, I didn't feel quite the same. There were a couple of things in the movie that gave me a little pause including hypnotism repeatedly and the use of the word "ass" in a very obvious (and failed) attempt at humor. 

We watched this movie with our family and my brother's family which included three adults and five children. Generally, the kids seemed to enjoy the movie and afterwards told us that they liked it. They were entertained and did not seem to get bored during the film. The adults, however, were not as blown away. We found it a bit slow and lacking some of the fun that we thought it could have had. The dialogue felt a bit forced and stilted, and it felt like it just fell in spots intended to evoke humor.

This movie runs for 85 minutes and is rated PG. To automatically redeem Bunyan & Babe on January 12, click here.

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