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Featured DVD Review: Adventures in Lalaloopsy Land: Search for Pillow

March 17th, 2012

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Lalaloopsy is the latest doll craze to make the transition to animated adventures. The number of previous such toy adaptations is too long to list (There's Bratz, Barbie, My Little Pony, just to name a few.) I'm clearly not in this film's target demographic, but I've seen enough similar shows to judge if the target audience will like the show, or if they should stick to other franchises.

The Show

Lalaloopsies are rag dolls brought to life by magic. Each Lalaloopsy has a personality based on the materials it was made of. For instance, Pillow Featherbed was made from a baby's blanket and she loves to sleep all the time. Each Lalaloopsy also has its own pet, which tends to match its personality. In this case, Pillow has a sheep. Some of them have younger kids they hang out with that share their same interests.

The film begins with introductions to the various Lalaloopsies and their pets before we see Bea Spells-A-Lot try and play catch with Pillow Featherbed. Pillow's a little too tired to catch the ball, which bounces into the bushes. She does go to retrieve it, but along the way gets tired and decides to take a nap. Normally if a friend went off into the bushes and didn't come back, that would be cause for concern. However, Bea is distracted by Peanut Big Top, who has a big announcement. She announces, that she has a big announcement, which she will tell everyone at sunset. Peanut's past surprises are so much fun that the Lalaloopsies reminisce for a bit, but that's when they realize Pillow hasn't come back yet.

The four friends can't agree on how to find Pillow, so they split up. Crumbs Sugar Cookie, Sprinkles Spice Cookie, and Mouse decide to bake some cookies and use the cookie crumbs to make a path for Pillow to follow. Mittens Fluff 'N' Stuff, Bundles Snuggle Stuff, and Polar Bear were going drive around and look for Pillow, but Peanut needed to borrow the car, so they ski instead. Bea Spells-A-Lot wants to write a message in the sky for Pillow, so she, Specs Reads-A-lot, and Owl borrow Dot Starlight's plane. Jewel Sparkles thinks singing and dancing with her Cat will attract Pillow's attention and she meets up with Jewel Sparkles and Zebra. Jewel is an enthusiastic dancer, but a bit of a clumsy one.

Will any of them find Pillow in time for Peanut's big announcement?

The Extras

The extras include a sing-along version of the main theme song and five mini-adventures. Each extra is less than a minute and in total it's less than four minutes. However, DVDs aimed at this target demographic tend to have no extras.

The Verdict

Adventures in Lalaloopsy Land: Search for Pillow is full of cute characters and fun adventures. It has a nice slow pace that doesn't feel dull, but also isn't hyperactive like too many other shows out these days. There are not a lot of extras on the DVD, but enough to lift it to the purchase level. On a side note, I saw picture of the dolls online while researching this film, and I'm not surprised they were a hit. They are adorable.

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