Deliciously Wicked Fairy-Tale Fun!
|When their wicked stepmother strands them in the Magic Forest, things look Grimm for little Hansel and Gretel. On their enchanted odyssey, they encounter everything from a scatter-brained Sandman and a bumbling Boogeyman to a wonderfully Wicked Witch who really likes kids - well-done! Running Time: 89 min.Format: DVD MOVIE|
Based on the famous fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, in this adaptation, Delta Burke plays the evil stepmother who sends Hansel and Gretel (Jacob Smith and Taylor Momsen) into the forest, hoping they'll get lost. There they meet the Sandman (Howie Mandel) who introduces them to a string of new adventures. Featuring the voices of Sinbad and Bobcat Goldthwait, this enchanting production boasts stunning production design and make-up.
Cast & Crew
The Hollywood Reporter 6 of 10
Any real faithfulness to Grimm vanishes early with the introduction of a precious locket as a key plot point and the absence of original sequences. Instead, viewer gets Howie Mandel spouting borschtcq belt humor, a "Wood Fairie" sporting a Britney Spears outfit and Tom Arnold, Bobcat Goldthwait and Sinbad voicing various trolls and creatures. Farting and belching helped earn director Gary J. Tunnicliffe a PG rating. Scariest of all may be the film's ad line, promising "Halloween Family Fun."
- Luke Sader
Cold Fusion Video Reviews 6 of 10
Hear that sound like a twin-prop airplane as the closing credits roll? It's the Grimm Brothers spinning in their graves.
Now, here's the final jawdropper: My kids loved it. The nine-year-old, the six-year-old, the three-year-old... (Okay, the baby mostly drooled and crawled around the room.) They thought it was great, wacky entertainment.
You may think the moral of my story is that your appreciation of this movie all depends on being in the target demographic. It's not. The moral is that I haven't spent nearly enough time teaching my kids how to identify crap masquerading as entertainment.
- Nathan Shumate