This movie is not entertaining, the story line seems to go nowhere, and it did hold my attention. I recorded on my DVR so I was able to fast forward through parts or it and watch as much of it as I could stand.
So, what's wrong with this move? Well, the AMC host introducing explained that it was "Fox's answer to the Wizard of Oz." Ummm...NO!
Let's start with Shirly herself. She is quite obviously prepubescent in this film, but she still talks her wittle bitty baby voice with her lips pooched out. Guess what? This doesn't work well when you're 12. It was annoying and one reason I had a difficult time watching this. Shirley should've acted her age. You can see in the photo below how grownup she looks, so she should not be talking like small child.
The storyline itself was bad. I still don't quite know what was supposed to be happening. Shirley's character Mytyl was a bratty child, so a fairy came and sent her and her brother Tytyl on a search through the past, present and future to search for a bluebird of happiness. I still don't understand how this bird ties in with the story, but ok.
The two children, along with their dog and cat that became human, went to a variety of places. These were strange fantastic places, and I usually love that type of move. In this movie, they didn't really interest me or make sense. The part where they go into the past and visit their grandparents was just strange. And the grandparents only wake up when the kids come visit and then go right back to sleep. I know strange, right?!
In the end, it all turns out well for the family and Mytyl is not a brat anymore, so somehow searching for a bluebird that symbolizes happiness changed her attitude.
I just don't believe this is worth watching. I don't even think it's entertaining enough to hold a kid's interest. Anyway, watch at your own risk of being bored to death.