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After buying the DVD last week I have watched it most days since. The inspiring story follows Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) as she attempts to follow her dream and become part of the 'Corny Collins Show' and enforce racial equality.
The all star cast includes:
Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, an overweight teen who strives to make all races equal. (This is Nikki's acting debut)
John Travolta as her mother Edna Turnblad, Tracy's protective mother and agent.
Amanda Bynes as Penny Pingleton, Tracy's caring best friend.
Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma Von Tussle, Mother of Amber who tries her best to keep her child in the limelight, as she was, and Tracy and her ideas out of it.
Christopher Walken as Wilbur Turnblad, Tracy's father and the owner of the family joke shop "Hardy-Har Hut."
James Marsden as Corny Collins, the presenter of the Corny Collins show.
Queen Latifah as Motormouth Maybelle, the host of the Corny Collins show on negro day.
and Brittany Snow as Amber Von Tussle, the lead in the Corny Collins show and Tracy's enemy.
Zac Efron, Ellijah Kelley and Allison Jenney also have smaller but significant roles as Link, Prudy and Seaweed.
The songs are upbeat and accompanied by some fantastic dancing, with barely ten minutes between each song you cannot help but want to sing along. There are some slower songs which are just as good like "I Can Hear the Bells" and "I Know Where I've Been." As well as the songs throughout the film I especially like the songs during the credits, "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" and "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now."
The special features include a sing along option and skip to a song which allows you to play just the musical numbers rather than the whole film which is something I really like about the DVD as if I haven't got enough time to watch the whole film I will pick a song, generally 'Without Love' or 'You Can't Stop the Beat' which are my absolute favourites.
Some of the other features include how the original film and Broadway musical inspired the remake and how they made the musical including songs, choreography, hair, costumes and more. I found these really interesting and worth watching. Dance lessons, theatrical trailer and extended versions of songs are other special features.
In conclusion this DVD is worth every penny and I'm glad I chose the shake and shimmy edition over the regular DVD. I will continue to watch this regularly as the excitement and enthusiasm of the film is infectious.