Strange Magic - Nostalgia Critic

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George Lucas has had some stinkers over the years, but a fantasy jukebox musical? This is a new kind of weird. Nostalgia Critic takes a look at Strange Magic.
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Strange Magic is a 2015 American computer-animated musical fantasy film directed by Gary Rydstrom and produced by Lucasfilm, with feature animation by Lucasfilm Animation and Industrial Light & Magic. The film's screenplay was written by Rydstrom, David Berenbaum and Irene Mecchi, from a story by George Lucas inspired by William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The film stars Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph and Alfred Molina. The score was composed by Marius de Vries and includes contemporary songs, such as "Love Is Strange" and "Strange Magic".
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  1. Channel Awesome
    Channel Awesome
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    Who is excited for TERMINATOR THEME MONTH!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!??!?!??! Support this week's charity -​ Watch more Nostalgia Critic here -​​​​ Follow us on Twitch -

    1. Jared Booker
      Jared Booker
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      7:39 Never hear anyone use that one.

    2. Ryan Shuman
      Ryan Shuman
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      After terminator may I suggest the mighty ducks? Surprised you haven't touched the gems yet.

    3. Archie Thomas
      Archie Thomas
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      since everyone else is asking, could you do a video on jackie chan, or one of his many films ?

    4. Pazuzu Deamon
      Pazuzu Deamon
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      This movie does tell you what time has past. It started in summer then it's spring. So it been almost a year.

    5. Epic Waffle
      Epic Waffle
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      Can you review Turbulence, Air Force One, Executive Decision and, Broken Arrow?

  2. Littlesas _34
    Littlesas _34
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    This movie is so forgettable able that I forgot it was being reviewed this episode during the commercial break!! Maybe I’m just dumb??

  3. justin tuffo
    justin tuffo
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    id rather an opera than this cheese

  4. picklegirl420
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    March is my birth month and I fucking love the terminator trilogy bad ones and all, I feel like this was so meant to be 😂

  5. The animation station
    The animation station
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    "its based on a midsummer nights dream" me: "oh you mean the confusing clusterfuck of love triangles, fairies and what amounts to a potent aphrodisiac all coagulating into Shakespeare's fever dream of a play, yea i know that one"

  6. thibautisserant
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    Hold on, was her fiancee singing about love and wedding just before visiting his lover ?!

  7. 2Scribble
    5 օր առաջ

    Disney may not have done the BEST job with the Sequel Trilogy - but this movie reminds me, yet again, why I am SO glad the Star Wars IP was pulled from George's sweaty palms when it was...

  8. LexielTheSquishyFishy
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    Huh. I pretty like that design, will have to give it a watch. Muted tho xd

  9. Lady Onikara
    Lady Onikara
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    Maybe it's just because I started with the Commodore 64, but these graphics look pretty good to me. Can't say the same for the story, songs, or plot. I might have seen worse, but I don't remember right now. At times, I actually can see Midsummer Night's Dream peeking through a little.

  10. Daniel Hooper
    Daniel Hooper
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  11. Conewe
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    Me: watching the part of the video where it talks about the ‘married couple’ part Tv: *proceeds to show me the bride of Chucky*

  12. HellMinion88
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    Bog King is may spirit animal.

  13. KateSinging InTheSnow
    KateSinging InTheSnow
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    5:08 you are on thin fucking ice

  14. Cheyenne Swenson2
    Cheyenne Swenson2
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    I feel like this movie gets to much hate. While yes the box office and songs may be bad, not all the songs are terrible. This, was indeed made for little girls- wait, LITTLE girls? This is the shit i like, but also the stuff i would've hated in the past as i was extremely tomboyish and hated ANYthing girly. Also, the designs are way to ugly for LITTLE GIRLS. Sorry, uh, i will say that enjoy it if you want, but you dont if you dont want to. This is forever a guilty pleasure of mine though idk where i was going with this now...OH i didnt think the animation was horid i thought it was actually pretty good and the fairies ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE FAIRIES so i dont see why the're so hated on...besides rolland

  15. Boot It Up
    Boot It Up
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    My man used EDP

  16. Saffron
    14 օր առաջ

    This is like my fave critic commercial. If I mailed anything ever, I would use Stamps. Com for only that reason.

  17. Vanilla
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    Give Lucas some credit okay? When I had a really bad flu, watching the star wars prequels got me to sleep when I was in too much discomfort to sleep on my own.

  18. Robert Brookes
    Robert Brookes
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    When I first saw the thumbnail I thought for a moment you were doing a review of Arthur and the Invisibles.

  19. Adam Livingston
    Adam Livingston
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    I was gonna give the movie the benefit of the doubt until the jukebox started up. Also as an old time fan, I wish Doug had less time to write bits more often. I like the more straightforward review style better.

  20. UltimateCheetah3000
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  21. Mr paws 54
    Mr paws 54
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    He’s gonna have to shit out these last few ones

  22. Nah No no
    Nah No no
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    Hmm... I like this movie. Yeah, it's a bit cringy because of the songs, but after all, I like it. I just found out, I don't care about the 3D animation as long as it's not bad as 90s 3D animation. Thanks for reviewing this cartoon, I didn't find any other video about it :3

  23. Jamie Kamihachi
    Jamie Kamihachi
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    I remember the trailer on tv and it said, “from the mind of George Lucas.” I also remember thinking that sounded like a threat.

  24. Kawayolnyo
    21 օր առաջ

    Sooooo....LITERALLY "Alien 3" all over again, eh...

  25. Gp-15 /4
    Gp-15 /4
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    Ha yes Lucas’s bad drug trip

  26. Umbra Catervae
    Umbra Catervae
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    Moment of pause for the great Stan Lee. R.I.P. 😞

  27. Kaito Darkness
    Kaito Darkness
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    To be honest I only like watching this movie because at the time I don't have anything else and turning off my brain to litsen to the songs are nice. Yeah it gives me nightmares, especially the fairies, even the dark forest king is not as disturbing. But in the end it's a show to enjoy while turning off your mental functions and return to your instincts

  28. stuped stuff
    stuped stuff
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    Jar jar is the key

  29. Infinity Pirates
    Infinity Pirates
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    ..... The Stamps Ad was the most Cringey thing in this video!

  30. Brandon Topaloglu
    Brandon Topaloglu
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    There 13 songs in this movie

  31. SeRgEaNt RaNdOm
    SeRgEaNt RaNdOm
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    I didn't even know this movie even existed before this episode of Nostalgia Critic

  32. Calm Trial
    Calm Trial
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    The Ferngully lizard song you randomly played brought back memories

  33. Star Wars Re-Edited
    Star Wars Re-Edited
    26 օր առաջ

    George Lucas.......why......? You go from the Star Wars this?!

  34. Healer Of The Waters
    Healer Of The Waters
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    Unpopular opinion: I like this movie and think it could have sequels.

    1. Fiona Masters
      Fiona Masters
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      I think one was planned. But yeah I would actually like to see how Marian and bog were doing after this movie maybe as a series.

  35. Doggo
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    I want to like this guy but a starting like this it's clearly for kids.

  36. Ben Saks
    Ben Saks
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    I haven't seen the movie, so I can't speak to the execution. But as a concept, if your goal is to create a character who hates the very idea of love, "feels unlovable because he was still rejected after using an _actual love potion_ " is a pretty good starting point.

  37. Tarponpet Secord
    Tarponpet Secord
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    The rat thing was actually cute.

  38. Nala x Simba
    Nala x Simba
    28 օր առաջ

    I actually really love this movie😂

  39. Frederick Lugtu
    Frederick Lugtu
    28 օր առաջ

    I personally really liked this, I just cringe on most singing parts except bog king’s songs, they are good

  40. Trowa
    28 օր առաջ

    You're too much of a "woke" sjw to enjoy kingdom hearts.

  41. blackwings724
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    I had no idea this movie existed until NC reviewed it. It is now one of my guilty pleasures.

  42. ian lewis
    ian lewis
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    I was there for the premiere and I suffered

  43. w13WFang
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    I love this movie. It’s kinda bad. But it’s a charming bad that fun to me. And yeah, it’s a strange animation style but I thought they were just playing with the animation they used for the Clone Wars movie where we meet Ahsoka. Like trying a new style with it. Idk. I like the movie and even have the soundtrack downloaded on my phone lol

  44. Jesse Perez
    Jesse Perez
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    Fun Fact : Bob Einstein who voiced Stuff in Strange Magic, is best known for playing Super Dave Osborne

  45. ChasehaWing
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    The "Sugarpie" bit is my favorite in the movie.

  46. Deathly Shad
    Deathly Shad
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    This movie is actually mine and my fiance's romance movie, simply because it's just so dumb lol, also also, there's only like 5 min in total where there isn't a song playing.

  47. - SAMDY -
    - SAMDY -
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    What about review of Thumbelina 1994? 🥴

  48. Special Cinema
    Special Cinema
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    I loved this movie, despite it being a flop. I was so disappointed I would never get a sequel to it.

  49. Hurgle Flurp
    Hurgle Flurp
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    I literally didn’t know this was a separate film from Epic

  50. Axel Smith
    Axel Smith
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    And yet you overlooked the most disturbing thing about this movie: Roland kissing the bug-tentacle-lady at the end.

  51. OhOk
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    _I thought this film was a fever dream_

  52. Александра Акулова
    Александра Акулова
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    Каждый раз радуюсь выходу ваших видео! Жаль что самостоятельно я могу понять лишь пару шуток из всего хронометража, но один парень из России переводит ваши видео и вот это просто праздник. Но спасибо вам за контент, то что вы делайте очень, круто и остроумно.

  53. Shield Maiden
    Shield Maiden
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    A fantasy for 12 year old boys? Yeah...I know I wasn't the only 9 year old girl in the universe obsessed with the original trilogy that checked out every EU novel she could over the years at the three nearest libraries. Sure felt like it at the time, but thanks to the internet I know that is not the case.

  54. samfanhellyeah
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    I remember watching this a few years ago and it was OK. I did like the main female character and the villain but there was just too many songs and some just felt so shoe horned in. Not the worst movie I have ever seen but wouldn't rewatch it that's for sure lol

  55. levelheaded0 0
    levelheaded0 0
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    This review was freaking hilarious. One of the best in a while

    1. Fiona Masters
      Fiona Masters
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      Go watch celspex her review for this is hilarious.

  56. Mason Clark
    Mason Clark
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    I wish that punch moment could add the Ome ua mou shindiru and he said Nani

  57. iliowahine19
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    When this movie came to theaters I think my friend and I were the only ones that went into it knowing it would probably be best while high, we did end up with a sugar high at the end though :D but that was more because of no real food other then candy lol

  58. BillyJoe Cobra
    BillyJoe Cobra
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    Please do the Pirates of the Caribbean movies!!

  59. AndrewDavidJ
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    Literally every NC conclusion: “Meh. It’s not the worst I’ve ever seen, but it’s not great either.”

    1. Six Paths Naruto
      Six Paths Naruto
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      Well duh he has seen worse stuff

  60. Pcwiz
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  61. Catastrophic ATack
    Catastrophic ATack
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    Every time he stops talking to play clips the from the movie, I fully understand why he dislike the movie as much as he does

  62. Exodus Productions
    Exodus Productions
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    Pop songs. Kids like them for some reason

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    23:23-that is both disturbing and funny at the same time!

  64. Ryan Burke
    Ryan Burke
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    Hey critic. I love how you review toonami & fox kids. I hope you review kids WB.

  65. Lucas Wold
    Lucas Wold
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    I love that the daughter of George Lucas has a grogu plush. When the Mandalorian is a Star Wars series that is George isn’t involved in. That is why that series is good

  66. Roehrio
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    Does anyone else hears a humming or brumming sound througout the entire review?!

  67. Alicia Nyblade
    Alicia Nyblade
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    "It's based on 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'." Me, who has played Puck in two productions: Lord, what fools these mortals be!

  68. Pompous Bastard
    Pompous Bastard
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    I enjoyed this movie for the most part (despite its MANY flaws), but honestly my main thought during the film was that it would be twice as good without the musical numbers..

  69. Spooksperson
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    dude... you missed the chance to call him "Dr. Frankenstamps"

  70. Tenks Skenta
    Tenks Skenta
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    Um Yeah, Lucas is indefinitely better off just being put in charge of the concept and base points. As an idea this seems very workable I can appreciate the message and it had an interesting direction and ending, it was just developed poorly.

  71. Mr Meeseeks
    Mr Meeseeks
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    George: Honey your just not familiar with my style of story telling. Daughter: Which is? George: Characters do things because I want them too. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  72. Mr Meeseeks
    Mr Meeseeks
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    Wait....there was a possum in over the hedge?

  73. Faidou
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    2:50 POGGERS.

  74. irmuu sanaa
    irmuu sanaa
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    This movie has 15 songs and combined it’s about an 1 hour and 6 minutes

  75. Calibri Jones
    Calibri Jones
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    I loved this movie, i wish that disney didn`t remove it from disney+

    1. CatandRobby Flores
      CatandRobby Flores
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      I think it went to starz

  76. Валерий Орлов
    Валерий Орлов
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    Ahhhhhh.. Tamara so cute !))))

  77. Windy Tollett
    Windy Tollett
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    Now I wait for the Dr. Frankenstein and Count Stampula crossover.

  78. KawaiiNancy
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    Oddly enough I had to see this movie after this review and totally fell in love with it! Huh, go figure.🤷‍♀️

  79. Umbra Catervae
    Umbra Catervae
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    By god everyone... we found a movie more annoying than Frozen.

  80. Demonslayer232
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    1:52 because as we all know, no girl ever has liked Star Wars, ever. 🙄 Thank you SO much, George Lucas.

  81. Peter Franks
    Peter Franks
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    I immediately watched the movie after this video (it’s available with a Stars subscription) and rather liked it. It’s fast paced, easy to follow, the songs are good, what’s the problem? If they added dialogue, it’d just paid out the running time. It reminds me of The Book of Life and frankly; I think it’s better than movies of the same period like Brave and Beauty and the Beast. Give it a look, it’s only 90 minutes.

  82. Harbourness Rage
    Harbourness Rage
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    Lucas unironically made Kylo/Rey before and better than Disney, with this portagonist and Bog King.

  83. Gamer Z. Sliver
    Gamer Z. Sliver
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    I Blame Disney

    1. Six Paths Naruto
      Six Paths Naruto
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      For what all of this was George idea

  84. Terry Newsome
    Terry Newsome
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    Right after the "I used to be hot" was a commercial for dawn soap. Sometimes I reminded that the world is not all bad.

    1. Bea B.
      Bea B.
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      I got a Crest commercial. Lol

    2. CatandRobby Flores
      CatandRobby Flores
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      I got an Allstate add😂

  85. M.S Rez Kid
    M.S Rez Kid
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    I actually really liked Strange Magic 😃

  86. Patrik
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    Too many songs That is all

  87. PikaLink91
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    Not gonna lie, I actually like the uncanny valley artstyle.

  88. PikaLink91
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    Critic: Love is awesome. Me: So they tell me...

  89. Bryan Johnstone
    Bryan Johnstone
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    I think there is just a large group of people in Hollywood who aren't happy unless there's a song in everything.

  90. Marked Ashamed
    Marked Ashamed
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    No Blue Ray = Nostalgia Critic Review

  91. pearl
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    I know its not good but i like most of it. Songs, faces and especially wings animation. So flowy, after tinker bells wings its a progress. And song parts were kind of nice

    1. CatandRobby Flores
      CatandRobby Flores
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      Did you see the scales on roland's moth wings?

  92. Nastja Fisunova
    Nastja Fisunova
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    21:12 actually, it reminded me not "Frozen", but "Shrek" movies again - Charming also tried to charm the princess with a love potion, she pretended that it worked, and then after a couple of seconds she punched the prince in the face.

  93. Sirena77i
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    I am surprised. But I liked this film. I specifically looked at it after the review. Cool. Funny, interesting story, good animation, catchy characters, and hits (I very love all these songs). Really, everything is in order with the faaaace!)))))) I apologize for my English. Thanks for the review, I didn't know about such a film!

  94. Adrian McBride
    Adrian McBride
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    I honestly forgot about all the iffy parts and just remembered the romance between Bog King and the mc.

  95. Zachary Becker
    Zachary Becker
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    i actually liked this movie

  96. YarningChick
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    I'm surprised you never mentioned how politically irresponsible it was for Marianne to not tell anyone that Roland was cheating on her. From everyone else's point of view, she was being fickle for deciding not to go through with the wedding the same day it was supposed to happen, and since Roland is so handsome and charismatic, he has ample opportunity to build a support system to win her back, including her own family. He's still the favorite knight of the court, and Marianne looks like a temperamental princess having an emo phase. Two little words, 'he cheated', and he'd have lost everything and never risen as a problem again. Heck, since his father dotes on her, Roland could have even been banished to the Dark Forest. But, hey, she got a better guy as a byproduct of keeping her mouth shut, so there's that.

    1. YarningChick
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      @CatandRobby Flores She got her comeuppance. She's the one that fell in love with the toad thanks to the love potion.

    2. CatandRobby Flores
      CatandRobby Flores
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      And can we talk about the girl hes cheating with? There is no way she suddenly forgot hes engaged to the kingdoms princess.

  97. Уробо́рос12 _
    Уробо́рос12 _
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    а мне очень понравился мультик :(

  98. Женёк
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    How ridiculous it looks now, when, against the background of Disney sequels, the Critic desperately continues to hate the prequels.

  99. Dragon empress
    Dragon empress
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    To me this movie was okay. Not bad or good. The music was great... but the animation and story was OH MY GOSH!

  100. hjnaff
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    how do you say just don’t like it