Movie Review: WONDER PARK (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

WONDER PARK was directed by Dylan Brown from a screenplay by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec and features the voice talents of Brianna Denski, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Kath Soucie, Norbert Leo Butz and Kevin Chamberlin.

WONDER PARK is the story of a young girl named June with a big imagination who makes an incredible discovery—the amusement park of her dreams has come to life. Filled with the world’s wildest rides operated by fun-loving animals, the excitement never ends. But when trouble hits, June and her misfit team of furry friends begin an unforgettable journey to save the park. Action-packed and brimming with laughs, WONDER PARK is a ride the whole family will love.

Wonder Park follows June Bailey (Brianna Denski), a talented young girl who creates a magical theme park called Wonderland with her mother (Jennifer Garner). There’s also June’s father (Matthew Broderick) who’s completely supportive of his daughter and her wild imagination. Wonderland is full of charismatic characters that include Peanut the chimpanzee (Norbert Leo Butz), Greta the boar (Mila Kunis), Steve the porcupine (John Oliver), Gus the beaver (Kenan Thompson), Cooper the beaver (Ken Jeong) and Boomer the sleepy blue bear (Ken Hudson Campbell). There’s a cute litte crush thing going on between Greta and Steve – those two love birds. There’s also something special about Peanut that’s revealed as the movie plays out.

The theme park is a magical world that’s full of life but when June’s mother gets sick and is sent away to get well the world begins to fall apart. June doesn’t handle things well at home and by accident she discovers the decaying theme park deep in the woods one day. Darkness has taken over Wonderland so June decides to team up with her animal friends to try and fix things. They have to go up against hoards of annoying Chimpanzombies and then June discovers that she’s the one responsible for the Darkness looming over the theme park. In the end, June decides to make things right plus she gets a little help from her animal friends and when she finally finds her way back home the young girl gets some good news that her mother is going to be okay.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Wonder Park ended up being a fun ride that’s full of imagination and it’s a movie the entire family can sit down and watch together. I liked the positive story about this young girl and her wild imagination that her parents totally support. The writers also threw in just a little drama that this family is dealing with that’ll tug at your heart strings some. The style of animation used here is similar to what we see from the Pixar movies and I thought the animators did a great job with these characters and bringing this “splendiferous” world to life. They used that word a lot in the movie so I thought I would use it. Dylan Brown actually came from the world of Pixar and I thought he did a great job with his directorial debut. Anyway, I always enjoy an entertaining animated adventure that’s full of heart and Wonder Park ended up being a good one that’s geared more towards the kiddos. Wonder Park will be available on a Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digtial) on June 18th.

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 85 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features:The fun-filled bonus content gives viewers the chance to sing along with June and her friends, learn how to draw Boomer and the Wonder Chimps, watch Gus the Beaver yodel his heart out, make crazy noises like voiceover artists, and take a tour of Wonderland.

  • Gus Yodeling – Deleted Scene (00:53)
  • The Wonder Chimp Channel (05:04)
  • The Pi Song Sing-Along (01:13)
  • Making Noises (It’s Actually a Job?!!) (04:14)
  • June’s Guide to Wonderland (02:00)
  • June’s Welcoming Crew (02:34)
  • Boardwalk Caricatures:
  1. Drawing Boomer (08:49)
  2. Drawing the Wonder Chimp Pirate (10:28)
  3. Drawing the Wonder Chimp Princess (07:54)
  • Digital Copy
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