The Secret of the Magic Gourd
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DESCRIPTION: Experience a magical story about the boundless limits of imagination and the strength we each have inside us with Disney s heartwarming film The Secret Of The Magic Gourd. Based on the beloved children s novel and featuring the voice talent of High School Musical s Corbin Bleu, this wondrous fantasy is sure to delight the entire family. It s a truly inspiring story that captures the wonder and awe of childhood, raves Carey Bryson of KidsTVMovies.About.com.
When an inquisitive 11-year-old discovers a mythical, magical gourd while fishing, he has no idea of the trouble that lies at the end of his hook. With the ability to grant any and every wish, The Magic Gourd attempts to make all of the boy s dreams come true, but instead succeeds in turning his world upside down. Enjoy every moment of this enchanting adventure as a curious child discovers that the best things in life are those he earns himself
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In the interest of lip synchronization, the young boy's name is changed from "Bao" to "Raymond" and the Gourd's name is "Bailey," from the Chinese "Hu lu" (could it be that the website hulu gets its name from here)?
The story, from a classic Chinese children's book, is a dreamlike, present day tale in which a boy learns to be careful what he wishes for -- a theme explored with horror in "The Monkey's Paw" and The Twilight Zone and with humor on I Dream of Jeannie. Some of the wacky antics caused by little Bailey in his earnest attempts to please his "master" reminded me very much of "Jeannie."
U.S. film and TV makers might take a closer look at Gourd, with its traditional family, caring teacher and pleasant friends. No bumbling dysfunctional parents (or lack thereof), no caricatured authority figures or no snarky, hip-holding preteens here. The kids aren't always nice to Raymond but they do stick with him in the end.
Speaking of hip-holding preteens, the presence of High School Musical star Corbin Bleu is very likely a device to allow youngsters the privilege of watching this movie without eye-rolls and loud sighs from older siblings. But don't underestimate him -- Bleu does a very creditable job. His natural likeability shines through his vocal performance. That's not easy when you've also got to act as well as focus on replacing dialogue recorded and animated for another language.Read more ›
Bailey seems like an odd name for a gourd (Gordon would be better), but this little fellow is no ordinary gourd. Looking a bit like a dollop of soft-serve ice-cream, this anthropomorphic calabash has widely spaced button-like eyes on the upper half of his body, a hollow mouth in the middle of his belly, and no nose whatsoever. He appears to be made of plastic, like a Mr. Potato Head toy, and his rubbery limbs stretch and expand like Mr. Fantastic's. The Magic Gourd is also a shape-shifter, like the Shmoo, who can morph into anything from a speedboat engine to an alarm clock. He can melt into a puddle or grow into a giant monster...he can even burst into flames at will, without being consumed in the inferno.Read more ›
One day, while fishing, Raymond stumbles upon a mysterious creature, named Bailey, who tells Raymond that he can give him anything he wants. He only needs to ask. At first it seems like a child's dream come true, with Bailey providing Raymond with all kinds of things, such as food, toy robots, and different kinds of fish. But Bailey doesn't always understand Raymond's wishes and makes mistakes that ultimately cause Raymond to look bad in front of the other children at school. In the end, Raymond learns to become more independent and responsible for his own actions, which enables him to be a good son and a much better student.
The film took several years to complete, with some very impressive CGI effects that bring Bailey, the magic gourd, and all his amazing abilities to life. Scenes such as one involving Raymond being chased by a dinosaur in a movie scene that's playing at a local movie theater, comes off quite stunningly. You can really tell that the years it took to finish the production really paid off. The message of the film is also a very universal one that will appeal to children all over the world.
The problem I had with this US DVD version, lies in the English dubbing of the Mandarin-speaking actors. It does not fit very well and some of the dialogue is changed in the translation which causes some very awkward moments. It's almost cartoonish at times, when it shouldn't be.Read more ›
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The actual movie is off, the words dont match up to the mouth movements but other than that its cutePublished 10 months ago by barbara
delivered no issues, bought for my granddaughter, she's 6, she thinks its a cute movie priced wonderfully toPublished 11 months ago by mjc
My children watch this four times in two days, I bought for the for ChristmasPublished 17 months ago by LOUISE ENNICO
My husband and I usually enjoy Disney movies...but this movie was pretty bad. With the story being set in a different culture, it's hard to relate to the problems of the main... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mrs. Taylor