FW MOVIE PICK: WONDER PARK

Mila Kunis, Norbert Leo Butz, Ken Hudson Campbell, Ken Jeong, Kenan Thompson, John Oliver, and Brianna Denski in Wonder Park (2019)

It was probably best that I didn’t went to the theater for this Nickelodeon Movie! Buckle up for an epic adventure where anything is possible. A young girl named June with a big imagination makes an incredible discovery, the amusement park of her dreams has come to life. Filled with the world’s wildest rides and 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. The trailers made the movie look like a fun and lighthearted adventure, but the actual movie is actually a lot more darker then advertised. Especially with a subplot where June’s Mother starts to get sick and is sent away for recovery, June starts alienating from Wonderland, and burns the blueprints of the park out of frustration. This causes the park currently being stormed by a cloud named the Darkness; June and the animals attempt to fix the park’s mechanism but are attacked by Chimpanzombies, the park’s former plush toys. Despite the movie being called Wonder Park, the theme park is actually called “Wonderland” for some reason, I guess its because of copyright reasons, I dunno? Overall the movie doesn’t take full advantage of its premise and feels like nothing more then a bright and colorful distraction for little children. A television series based on the film is scheduled to debut in 2019 on Nickelodeon, making it the third animated film from Nickelodeon Movies, after Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Barnyard, to serve as the basis for an animated series on the network. Well like the previous movies, I do see this property as good potential for a television series, especially to make improvements on things that were only glossed over in the movie such as more attention to the titular park along with its inhabitants or even the unrequited love (June’s best friend Banky has a crush on her).

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