'Norm of the North: Family Vacation'
(Andy Toth, Brian Drummond, Cole Howard, James Higuchi, Jennifer Cameron, Jonathan Holmes, Lee Tockar, Lisa Durupt, Paul Dobson, et al / DVD / NR / 2020 / Lionsgate Films)
Overview: Overwhelmed by his Kingly duties, Norm struggles to make time for both his kingdom and his family. But when his crown is mysteriously stolen in the dead of the night, Norm must embark on an epic journey ó disguised as a family vacation!
Norm sets out to track down the thief and find his crown, and learns the valuable lesson that by working together as a family, nothing is impossible.
DVD Verdict: OK, I'm just gonna say this from the off: 'Norm of the North: Family Vacation' is truly an excellent movie you should not miss! It will undoubtedly please the majority of its captured audience because it is impressively funny from beginning till end!
Although it doesn't have the rock solid B-Movie cast that the original one had, and whilst like any other children's movie, it wasn't aimed at my own personal adult demographic, I still found the dialogue entertaining -- and, more importantly, the themes powerful.
Indeed, this movie takes on climate change and aims the issue at an audience that will shape our future on Earth -- so it's a BIG hit in my adult parenting book!
Here in the next sequel, King Norm of the North has a tough time prioritizing his royal duties while balancing his family life. He must prepare the best pre-winter jubilee celebration for his subjects, but it all seems a little overdone in light of spending time with his wife and children.
Even though King Norm is frustrated with his duties, the burden weighs even heavier on his family at home.
Amidst the planning, someone steals King Normís crown, and legend says that if the king cannot present his crown at the jubilee, an eternal winter curse will set in.
Undercover of a King Norm ruse, he and his family travel to China to chase down the thief and save his kingdom.
If you have wee children watching this, please allow me to float be you some scenarios that will appear on screen: Such as some larger animals eating smaller animals ie: like a seal eating a fish and a killer whale eating a sea turtle (all be they done in an obviously subtle cartoon manner, of course).
Still, there are there so just be aware, that's all.
Oh, and in a sign of our social media and technology-crippling times, King Norm, his family, and other characters HEAVILY rely on technology for communication and entertainment!
In a way that I've not seen before in other such animated shows, they are either glued to, or finding information out about on their phones, computers, iPads, etc.
Not a bad thing, per say, but a definite upturn in the way communication is achieved within animation between characters these days, that's for sure.
In closing, 'Norm of the North: Family Vacation' features some rather delightful animation, is very colorful and fluent in all things it attempts to either perform or teach.
Simply put, 'Norm of the North: Family Vacation' proves that just because you're not a big Polar Bear does not mean you can't make a big splash in whatever you attempt to do! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9.
'Norm of the North: Family Vacation' will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $14.98.
Official 'Norm of the North: Family Vacation' Trailer