'The Hero of Color City'
(Christina Ricci, Craig Ferguson, Owen Wilson, Rosie Perez, et al / DVD / G / 2014 / Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Overview: A diverse band of crayons strive to protect not only their magical multi-hued homeland but the imagination of children everywhere from a terrifying monster!
DVD Verdict: In a storyline resembling, well, obviously 'Toy Story' and other such younger kid type "CGI animation," 'The Hero of Color City' tells the simple tale of when crayons come to life, not toys! Chock full of positive messages about overcoming your fears, believing in yourself, helping others, and working as a team, 'The Hero of Color City' is both exciting and highly inventive.
Each night, when Ben falls asleep, his Crayons enter a magical Crayon Box that transports them to Color City, a world of dazzling hues and soaring fantasy. When timid Yellow is accidentally left behind in Ben's room, she inadvertently awakens two Unfinished Drawings. They follow Yellow to Color City where they wreak havoc and stop the flow of the enchanted Rainbow Waterfall that provides all the color to the Crayons.
So, of course, there are a few scenes in which the crayons are in peril, where a dinosaur wastebasket comes to life, and a character is dropped off a tall building (and caught, don't worry!), but when things like the crayons taking a boat down the "scary narrows" and encountering a spooky fog and threatening voice happen they are truly not that scary for your little ones.
To sum this lovely little movie up, although it's been said before it aplies perfectly to this film: If your toddler enjoys crayons and art, this film will definitely inspire their imaginations. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Material of:
Playing The Characters
Creating 'The Hero of Color City'
Artwork & Drawing Galleries
Behind The Voices
Kid-Friendly Recipes from Bumble Bee
Colorful Crayon Lines
Crayon "Juke" Box Music Medley