Star – Amy Adams & Christopher Waltz
Genre – Biopic > Drama/Comedy
Run Time – 106 minutes
Certificate – PG13
Country – USA
Golden Globe – 1 Win
Awards – 1 Win & 15 Nominations
Amazon – £6.99 DVD (Blue Ray £7.45)
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Big Eyes is based on the true story of Margaret and Walter Keane who, in the 1950s, were involved in one of the most famous art deceptions of the century in the United States. They were not forgers or anything but simply wanted to maximize the potential of their artwork by allowing Walter to claim that he painted the art work when his wife actually painted it. Back in those days the commercial business was sexist and so male artists would get further than any female one, regardless of talent. Sadly their marriage fell apart when they made their millions and so the wife wanted the credit she deserved.
This is the first live action Tim Burton film to feature neither Johnny Depp nor Helena Bonham Carter since Mars Attacks! (1996). This is also the first feature film directed by Tim Burton not to feature actors with whom he had previously worked with. Tim Burton had been trying to put the film together for awhile and had befriended Margaret Keane, who has painted portraits of Burton's partner Helena Bonham Carter and Burton's former Chihuahua. The amount of sales of Margaret Keane Paintings soared ahead of the release of the film, with small paintings being sold for $8,500 a piece. It would be back-to-back Golden Globes for Amy Adams, the star here, after also wining for the rather tedious American Hustle and the best thing in both by far.
• Amy Adams as Margaret Keane
• Christoph Waltz as Walter Keane
• Danny Huston as Dick Nolan
• Jon Polito as Enrico Banducci
• Krysten Ritter as DeeAnn
• Jason Schwartzman as Ruben
• Terence Stamp as John Canaday
• Madeleine Arthur as Older Jane
• Delaney Raye as Young Jane
Single parent Margaret Baines (Amy Adams) and daughter Jane (Madeleine Arthur) have just run away from Margaret’s abusive husband and set up shop in North Beach, San Francisco to stay with a friend. Whilst working in a furniture factory in the week painting designs on beds she enjoys spending her spare time creating portraits on the boardwalk for $2 using her unique and cutesy big eye style.
There she meets charismatic fellow painter Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who spins tails of his painting adventures in Paris through his street scenes to win her heart, the two soon married. Now Margaret Keane the two hang around the artist community hoping to get their paintings seen. Walt agrees with local jazz club owner Enrico Banducci (Jon Polito) to rent some wall space to hang some of their paintings on the wall of his club to try and sell them. But the only interest comes from a drunken woman, who gets her rich husband to buy some of the Big Eye stuff. At this point with Margaret safely asleep at home Walter can’t resist saying he painted them as the money is handed over. The same night Walter starts a fight with the owner over the integrity of their art and that generates favorable publicity for both owner and painter in the local newspaper with a photo or two. The next day a gossip columnist comes in and wants to know more about Walter’s art and the reason for the ruck, but wanting to talk to Walter about the big eye stuff and not his stuff. Again Walter pretends the work is his and soon a local celebrity as the work starts to sell by the bucket load.
At this point Walter has broken the news of the deception to his wife but somehow persuades her it’s a good idea and they can get rich. Selling dreams is Walters’s specialty and if she paints then he can shift them and develop the hype and deception. But money and the big house corrupts the couple and they begin to grow apart as Margaret gets increasingly jealous and isolated from her husbands celebrity for taking credit for her work. Its time to take back her life...
Since Tim Burton split from his muse Helena Bonham Carter the magic seems to have gone. There has been nothing decent for me since Big Fish (2003). Don’t forget this is the guy who bought us Beetlejucie, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow and now we are reduced to Dark Shadows. Burton should have cut Johnny Depp lose, not Carter. All three are too old to cling on to the Goth thing.
Big Eyes is a departure from what we know Burton for and not a brush of black or mauve lip liner or velvet in sight. Maybe that jump is why I didn’t really enjoy this movie. It’s almost as if Burton got bored with making this film half-way through and decided to surrender to the commerciality it ends up exuding. The public certainly felt that indifference with the $10milion budget taking back just $30million. I’m guessing a lot of hardcore Burton fans went here expecting his comforting and familiar thing and ended up scratching their head with this hybrid romcom.
One of the movie's many problems is that the script wants to have it both ways: It projects Margaret’s character was a browbeaten victim of her husband's greed while making it clear she was actually a willing participant in the ruse. I don’t know the real story is as I’m none the wiser after this. I’m sure Walter’s wife was expected to be subservient in the 1950s but to me they would both have to be in on it and calculated about it for it to work so the interpretation here just conjecture. The real Margaret Keane did work on the movie and the briefest of cameos, and she is alive and kicking today with her own studio in San Francisco. Maybe because she is friends of the Burtons they decided to back off her some and leave some ambiguity in judgment. For me the more interesting movie would have been to develop her feminist side and make her husband less of a cartoon chauvinist character.
On the whole it’s a run of the mill biopic that fails to draw the truth and heart out of what is an interesting story. The characters were not defined enough and the story told rather blandly and stretched out some. It was the same problem with American Hustle and Amy Adams. Once you just see a bunch of well known actors on screen acting it’s no longer a movie. Although both films looked great and of the period neither films got to the guts and morals of the intrigue of two huge deceptions that were big and interesting stories back in the day. I knew nothing about the Big Eyes deception until this story and would have liked to have been enlightened some more. Burton could have also explored the animosity by the art establishment towards the Clinton Cards poster art the Keanes stuff was but cute enough on canvas to make them the biggest selling artist in the world at one point. Some could arrow that critic at Burton in his post Planet of the Apes movies.
Imdb.com – 7.0/10.0 (49,298votes)
Rottentomatos.com – 72% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – 62% critic’s approval
It’s definitely a movie to see in Blue Ray with all the sumptuous pastel color paintings in the likewise city of San Francisco. Burton always paints great picture on screen and no change here. Not that it’s hard not to. In fact I would only see this in Blue Ray as its strength is its color and palette. Sound is good and aspect ratio regulation.
There is one set of extras on the Blue Ray disc.
-The Making of Big Eyes-
Tim and the cast try to persuade me I have just seen a good movie.
New Yorker –‘A feminist psycho-melodrama made without insight or dramatic excitement’
O Magazine –‘Perhaps the worst insult that can be lobbed at Tim Burton's Big Eyes is that it bears little sign of actually having been directed by Tim Burton’.
The Daily Mail –‘Big Eyes is a highly mannered and empty movie that robs its story of the very things that made it worth telling in the first place’.
The Independent –‘A wacky art-history lesson told by a director who loves a kitschy underdog tale, with two lead actors who put their own colorful brushstrokes on a zesty, little-known story’.
Tampa Bay Times –‘Big Eyes is an entertaining take on a pop culture footnote, short on the bizarre flourishes Burton typically employs.... Big Eyes is sweet and, dare we say it, kind of normal.’
Urban Cinifile –‘It's fascinating to discover that an item of what is essentially pop culture with which one was familiar some years ago has such a colorful history’.
Dear Sir, Madam,
I am writing to give my emotion about your channel, Disney Channel. I am a fan of your channel, I watch it every day. This channel is not only a very useful means of learning English because the actors' pronunciation is clear but it is good for my imagination and relaxation also. I always watch this TV with my son who is only 3 years old and he loves enjoying cartoon movies.
Everything seems to be perfect except one thing that makes me feel a little disappointed. I am Vietnamese and I certainly know what Vietnamese look like. There for I feel sad and disappointed when your channel uses another people from other countries and you say that are Vietnamese. The first thing in my mind when I see it if I am foreigner is that may be Vietnamese can not speak English so you have to choose people from other countries. And the second thing is that you perhaps think that no body knows the different between Vietnamese and other ethnics. There for I feel that you do not respect your customers enough when you do that.
You know, Vietnam is not a speaking English country but I believe that our ability in English is not bad. There are many people can speak English very well. And we are very happy when we have opportunity to introduce our country to the whole world. Please consider this.
Thanks for your time.
I am 15 years old, and some people may think that I shouldn't watch Disney channel at this age. I really love Disney channel. The shows are very good. My favourite would be Lizzie McGuire. It isn't on any more as much because there are so many new shows but they too are very good. The only down side would be the advertisements. The breaks in between shows are very short but every break has the same advertisement. It is VERY annoying because I watch it quite a lot and it is exactly the same adverts every time. That would be the only down side though. Overall very good channel.
I feel that at 20 years old, I should be ashamed about saying this, but the Disney Channel lately has been one of my favourite channels to watch. For some reason I thought it was full of bad cartoons and would be boring. However, after skipping through the channels one day, I came across this channel and started to quite enjoy it.
Disney really knows how to entertain people and has some really fab shows on there that I love watching despite my age... Hey Disney is for all the family right?? My favourite shows lately are; the suite life of Zack and Cody (Basically a story about twins who happen to live in a posh hotel and get into all sorts of trouble), The Wizards of Waverly place (A programme about a family of wizards who attend a normal high school) and of course the most popular with all the kids... Hannah Montana, (about a normal girl who is secretly a pop star).
I am not sure what it is about these programmes that I like so much, maybe because they are very entertaining, and as a rule, I like funny programmes the most. Or maybe I missed out watching this in my childhood and am making up for it now? Who knows?
Disney also hosts a few more channels such as Disney +1 which is exactly the same but an hour later which is good if you miss a programme. Disney XD, which is a new channel and playhouse Disney which I think is for younger children.
I am not sure about SKY, but on Virgin Media, Disney channel is on 724 and runs from very early in the morning till midnight. I'd recommend this for children, teens and those adults who want to relive their youth.
No doubt Disney no what they are doing when it comes to entertaining children and the Disney channel does not fail to deliver. It's programs are targeted towards children to young teenagers but that doesn't mean that older audiences would enjoy watching some of the shows.
They show a number of different shows on here including Hannah Montana, The Suite life of Zack and Cody, Phineas and Pherb, Sonny with a Chance and many many more. Usually they only show the popular shows during prime time and the rest of the time there are old classics like Recess which are good for a reminiscing session. The channel is also known to show Disney original films like the infamous High School Musical and Camp Rock. They are all really innocent but entertaining shows and no doubt keep your children entertained for hours.
Another great thing i love about the Disney channel is that there are no adverts!! They show one or two of their own adverts between shows but that's it! It's great because you don't have to wait around wasting your time. The shows are great fun, they're light hearted and are usually have an element of comedy to them.
The Disney channel has made some big stars such as Miley Cyrus and the Jonas brothers and you can watch their shows on there. Although they do like to replay a lot of old episodes but which channel doesn't. But they also release new episodes as they are made and there's really no harm watching some of the shows all over again as they grow on you and you find yourself being entertained by the exaggerated acting and predictable plots regardless of your age.
You really have to commend some of the child actors and actresses as they do a great job. Especially Miley Cyrus she's fully convincing in her role and is confident at what she does. Like most channels there are also show that obviously there to fill in the time and you find yourself asking how such shows get any air time at all. As the bell rings is an example of this. Both the British and American versions are terrible the primary school level jokes are terrible and totally not funny. They're almost cringe worthy and the acting is so forced and fake but i guess you get a laugh watching them attempt to be funny. If you watch it during the evening and weekends then you're bound to come across a show that will take to you liking and you find yourself happily watching it with your children.
The Disney Channel has a lot to answer for! Whilst undoubtedly providing a great source of entertainment for young children and early teenagers, it has also inflicted the likes of Hannah Montanna, the Jonas Brothers and the wretched High School Musical upon us over the years. I see the channel as a very clever organisation that can occasionally produce some great television.
The Disney Channel of course is a cable television network that is massive in the United States but can also be found here in the UK on Sky Digital or Virgin Media.
It is a division of the Walt Disney company who have brought us some of the greatest films of all time and as of such it used to house a lot of animated shows based on those very movies like 101 Dalmations, Hercules, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, before they were shipped off to a separate Toon Disney channel and all the 'real life' shows took over. However original animated series like Kim Possible and The Replacements do get valuable screen time on the main station. There's also the +1 service which allows you to view the channel an hour later and Playhouse Disney which specialises in programming geared at a younger audience.
I witnessed this transition of the Disney Channel as a kid and though I do feel the quality of the shows have improved over the years, it's a horror for repeating the same episodes over and over again and seems to have a very limited show list and a lot of the actors seem to pop up everywhere. It's like they've sold their soul to Hades or something to be contracted to Disney forever!
I've noticed that a lot of the shows seem to be firmly fixated on the impressionable teenage girl audience. Whilst it is a good idea to have strong and positive role models for this group such as Hannah Montannah, it is a bit sexist as there's really not a lot of shows that would appeal to a male audience. The Disney Channel seems to be a lot about looks and will always cast the best looking youngsters in their roles in order to gain more viewers. It's a very clever idea. That said when you actually sit down and watch some of the shows, they are mildly entertaining, even from an adult perspective and it's easy to see why they are so popular with their target audience. As well as Hannah Montannah [come on as if nobody in that show knows it's not Miley Cyrus with a blonde wig!], there are also classics like That's So Raven. I have to say that this is a truly brilliant show and I could watch it over and over again. It is by far the most creative and hilarious show that the channel has ever produced and has spawned it's own spin off series which is currently airing - Cory In The House. There's also The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, which has since spawned a spin off The Suite Life on Deck, a new show starting this year featuring the Jonas Brothers and The Wizards of Waverly Place
Out of all the main children's channels on offer in the UK, I'd say that Disney have hit the nail on the head. They know how to reel in the viewers and they know what kids and teenagers want to watch. With a vibrant and interesting batch of shows and a truckload of up and rising stars, they are certainly a force to be reckoned with and have definitely pushed out the likes of Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon since I was growing up. The schedule could do with a few more inclusions and not rely as heavily on repeats but it will keep kids and teenagers entertained for hours with the realistic situations the characters face and the messages that are underlined in each show, even if some of them do come across as being initially unrealistic. Whilst, I find some of the shows to be repetitive and just a waste of time, there are some hidden gems that I will honestly say I still enjoy watching to this day so Disney must be doing something right. Check it out now on Sky or Virgin Media.
The Disney Channel is a channel that has been around for years. My daughter watches it now all the time and i can remember watching it when i was a little girl-teenager. It is always on in our house and definitely keeps my daughter entertained. It was good when i was a child with shows like Boy Meets World and Teen Angel and Smart Guy and now it is still producing great shows for all children such as The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Hannah Montana. It offers a wide range of comdey shows and also shows programmes for theyounger children such as Mickey Mouse's Playhouse and Winnie the Pooh. It also has a plus one channel so if you have missed something you can catch it an hour later. There is also Disney Cinemagic which shows great Disney films.
Another good thing about the Disney Channel is that it produces great family entertainment films such as High School Musical and Camp Rock. My daughter could happily watch it all day long andi find some of the shows quite entertaining also.
It does however repeat alotof its shows over and over again so youmay end up watching the same episode a few times. Some shows verge on the ridiculous but then that is what kids like...silly humour and the Disney Channel delivers good shows.
The Disney Channel is an extremelly long running TV channel, and probably one of the longest running childrens TV channels. Disney Channel was first launched on the 18th April 1983, and on March 19th 2008, the channel went into HD. The headquarters is in Burbank California in the USA, and is shown in around 72 countries.
In the UK, the DisneyChannel is shown on Satellite and Cable (i.e. Sky, BT vision, Virgin), but is not shown on the freeview channels.
The Disney Channel used to be renowned for young kids, but in recent years with programmes like Hannah Montana and films like Camp Rock and High School Musical, the age range of the Disney Channel has gone from just youngsters up to teenagers, and even older!
Todays Disney Channel shows programmes like Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Cory in the House, Sonny with a chance and Wizards of Waverly Place. As well as some of the original programmes like Lizzie McGuire and Fillmore later at night.
As well as the programmes, Disney Channel has also started playing "Disney Channel Original Movies", which have proven exceptionally popular. These started growing in popularity with High School Musical 1&2, since then there has been the films Jump In, Camp Rock, Dadnapped, Minutemen, Cow Belles and the new Disney Channel Original Movie Princess Protection Programme, with Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.
As well as the TV programmes made famous by the DisneyChannel, many of the stars of the shows are also becomming famous for their music.
Hillary Duff from Lizzie McGuire, Miley Cyrus from Hannah Montana, Demi Lovato from Camp Rock, Selena Gomez from Wizards of Waverly Place, The Jonas Brothers from Camp Rock, Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical, and the list keeps on growing...!
The Disney Channel runs from 6am til Midnight with "Disney Channel Previews" inbetween when there are no shows been broadcast.
Some of the shows on the Disney Channel do seem to be "fillers", like Phineas and Ferb which are 10 minute long shows inbetween the longer, more popular shows, but kids seem to enjoy them, and its better than adverts!
Adverts are one thing the Disney Channel doesn't do- there are never adverts advertising products like toys etc, only like on channels like BBC which advertise new programmes and specials etc. This is good cause it means that breaks in programmes are only 30 seconds -1 minute long.
The Disney Channel has some fun shows on it, its very teenage-y orientated, and when the programmes are repeated around 3 times a day, when you've someone in your household who has it on ALL day, you do get bored of hearing the same shows over and over again! But from 3-6pm its mainly new shows! :)
Disney Channel is a channel that shows old and new shows that have been created by the Disney Team.
Programmes begin at around 6am and finish at night around 12, after this time there are advertisements for Disney programmes shown to fill the time until the next days shows begin.
There are other channels that are also related to the Disney Channel including:
Disney Channel +1 which is a channel that shows everything on the Original Disney Channel an hour later.
Disney Cinemagic which is a channel that shows all different movies old and new from the Disney team showing anything from High School music to Toy Story.
Playhouse Disney which is a channel dedicated to the little ones playing young childrens programmes such as Mickey Mouses Playhouse and Little Einesteins.
The ABC channel on sky is also related to the Disney Channel which shows more adult family based programmes.
Disney Channel airs TV shows that are aimed at a younger audience though some times I am not ashamed to admit that I even find their shows entertaining. There is a range of cartoons such as Recess, Kim Possible and many more and they also air different programmes such as Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, Camp Rock and many more.
I think that the Disney Channel is a great channel to watch on TV and is a great channel for kids as there very few commercial breaks on it (only ones for the Disney Channel) and there is some great shows that are suitable for all ages no matter what time of the day it is.
The disney channel is one of my daughters favourites and is put on at least once a day in our house so thought I should share with you how great I think the channel is.
Disney channel has 3 channels to watch nowadays disney channel which is for a wider range of children is on sky 609, play disney which is more for the younger ones as it has more cartoons is on sky 611 and disney cinema which has films is on sky 622.
The programmes start at 6am and are repeated through the day as with all sky programmes and on until 11.35pm.
My daughter favourite programme is Phineas and Ferb which is cartoon type about two brothers who invent things to do each day much to the annoyance of their sister Candace who tries to foil their plans but never manages it, also Perry the platypus is in it as a secret agent! My daughter is glued to the tv whenever this is on.
Some of the other programmes you can expect to find on disney is Hannah Montana, wizards of waverly place, the suite life of Zach and Cody, thats so Raven, Kim possible, the replacements an many, many more.
The disney cinema channel also has some great films on and in actual fact my daughter is at the moment watching Mr magorium's wonder emporium then Mary Poppins is on afterwards, so we are in for a fun filled sunday afternoon!!
I always find all the disney channels to have good quality programmes on to watch and it is a channel you can trust, I can quite happily get on with my housework and let my daughter watch this knowing she is not going to watch anything she shouldn't as she is only 4. Another thing I like is that there is a varied choice with disney and unlike sky they do not have too many repeats on.
All round the wonderfull disney name has some great channels and programmes for us all to watch and enjoy, with some great old classics to the fun and new versions too.
I highly recommend all the disney channels to all ages.
It still holds the magic.
Disney Channel is a kids channel available on Sky and possibly Virgin Media (i can't be certain about that).
Disney channel consists of a bunch of disney shows. There are not loads of shows, but the stuff they do have is usually good.
Their main shows at the minute are The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, Hannah Montana, Cory in the House, That's So Raven, Phineas and Ferb, Wizards of Waverly Place and a few more. These are all comedies and all original to Disney Channel. Most of the shows are about 20 minutes long. There are then some older shows which are not shown on Disney Channel as often, shows like Phil of the Future, Lizzy McGuire and American Dragon.
I can't take for anyone else, but i love all these shows. OK not every episode is good but overall they are usually a good laugh and you can just sit down and enjoy them.
I won't talk about each show as i would be writing a full blown essay if i did that.
As well as the normal shows, every so often, they will show DCOMs (Disney Channel Original Movies). These are movies made for the channel and not for the cinema. Movies like High School Musical 1 and 2, Camp Rock, Twitches and Twitches Too. These sorts of films are often shown on Friday evening and during the weekend but every so often they will have special events such as during halloween and christmas where the channel will change from its original schedule and show special episodes of shows and films.
Now this is just Disney Channel itself. Disney channel actually has another two channels, Disney Cinemagic and Playhouse Disney. Disney Cinemagic is a channel for more mainstream movies or original disney films like Bambi and Lion King. Also on the channel are other disney shows, animated shows like Recess.
Playhouse Disney is for the young ones to enjoy. Shows like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Little Einsteins.
All three of these channels runs most of the day. The shut down at midnight and start up again at 6am.
I don't watch Playhouse disney, but i often watch Disney Channel and sometimes Cinemagic and they are both good channels. But what makes them even better is there are no adverts. None whatsoever. Of course disney have their own adverts for shows but they get money from the sky subscription you pay.
Playhouse Disney is part of the Disney channel family, but is aimed at younger viewers. This channel is on constantly in my house as my youngest son totally loves it and the saddest part is i know all the words to all the songs. All the programmes are full of fun and bright colours and are very educational to. So time to get to the programmes.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Mickey and his friends go around helping others and solving problems with the help of toodles, a mickey mouse shape head computer. The children can interact with this programme by answering questions and helping to work things out.
Handy Manny is an all rounder handy man. He always helps everyone out and no job is too big or small. He has the help of his talking tools who are Dusty the saw, Felipe the screwdriver, Pat the hammer, Rusty the wrench, Squeeze, a pair of pliers, stretch the tape measure and Turner another screwdriver.There is lots of singing and dancing and plenty of other characters to meet.Spanish is used throughout the programme along with the meanings in english.
My Friends Tigger and Pooh
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger star in this brightly, updated programme, along with old friends such as Piglet, Eeyore and Rabbit. They are also joined by new friends Darby and Buster the dog, these replace Poohs old friend Christopher Robin although he does make a few appearances in the show. Pooh, Tigger, Darby and Buster all make up the Super Sleuths they are there to help everytime somebody is in trouble or have problems to solve.
Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs
As the title says Harry has A bucket full of dinosaurs. Whenever they want to go on an adventure, Harry jumps into his bucket after his dinosaurs and they all go off to dino world. Here they have lots of fun exploring dino world and doing lots of things to help other dinosaurs and creatures who live there.
Johnny and the Sprites
Johnny moved to a house in the woods for peace and tranquility. Hes a musician so he was looking forward to working on his music and writing new songs with no disturbances. He soon discovers that in his garden there is a whole new world for him to discover. He makes friends with the sprites and fuzzies who live in grotto grove, a hidden place in the garden. It all leads on to lots of fun singing and dancing.
June, Quincy, Annie and Leo are a group of friends who go off on missions together, flying around in Rocket. They incorporate music and art in each programme.They fly around in Rocket solving problems and piecing mysteries together.
Franny is a little girl who helps her grandad in his shop fixing shoes. She has a very vivid imagination. She helps her grandad by taking the broken shoes to the fix it box but before she puts them in the box she trys them on. She is then taken to wherever the shoes would fit in, for example if she tried on flip flops she would end up at the beach and if she had hiking boots on she would be on a mountain. She then help solve arguments and always tries to find a solution to peoples problems. She then goes back off home and discovers some kind of treasure inside the shoes she has on as a reminder of where she has been.
There are other shows on this channel but these are the main ones that we watch, other programmes include-
Stanley, Bear in the Big Blue House, Animal Mechanicals, doodlebops, Bunny town, My Friend Rabbit and Imagination Movers.
Playhouse Disney is on channel 611 on sky and starts at 6.00am it runs right through until midnight. There is Playhouse Disney + on sky channel 612 and this starts 25 minutes later and runs 25 minutes throughout the day.
My children often watch this channel in our house. It has tradional disney cartoons on, new and old disney films on at least one a day amongst other disney shows.
Some of the programmes that they air are the most popular with young girls such as high school musical, hannah montana and other programmes are the suite life of zach and cody. These are what are most popular what my older children seems fixed on. I must admit i don't mind sitting with them to watch these programmes too.
They do show more tradional disney films such as cinderella, basil the great mouse detective and many many more. They used to show tradional disney cartoons but to my disappointment they stopped showing these. As i used to love watching them while i was younger.
On sky tv though they have disney cinemagic which is total disney films, playhouse disney which is programmes more suited to pre school children and they air programmes such as bear in the big blue house, harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs, higglytown heros, little einsteins and many more.
I do love this channel though at christmas time as each evening you can guarantee a christmas disney movie which the whole family loves to watch.
Today I will be reviewing the playhouse Disney channel just basically because it is never off in my house and my little girl adores it. Playhouse Disney is definitely for the younger of children but there is also a normal Disney channel available for the bigger kids.
Unfortunately playhouse Disney is not a free view channel but you will usually have access to it if you have sky or cable television. I am currently with sky and they do have very generous offers available for example if you have children you can add all of the extra children's channels at a reasonable price.
Anyway back to playhouse Disney as I said before it is never off in my house. Some talk over the last year has indicated that television can be harmful to children if they watch it too much, but I have been more than impressed with playhouse Disney. The cartoons are very educational as well as fun for children. My daughter is 2 ½ and I love watching her sing and count along with the Disney friends.
Here is an insight of the cartoons available on playhouse Disney at the moment.
Mickey mouse clubhouse:
Mickey Mouse has to be the most famous cartoon on playhouse Disney. Children can join in the fun with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Mickey has been going for so many years now and the cartoon graphics and quality have obviously changed so much. Mickey mouse clubhouse always gets the children involved by counting along and singing with the characters. Children can also get an understanding of tools that can be used in conjunction with each other or tools required to complete a certain job. Children can get up and join in with the hot dog dance at the end of each episode.
Overall Mickey and friends gets a thumbs up from me
My friends tigger and pooh:
Join in all the fun with Derby, Tigger, Pooh, Rabbit, Roo and buster as well as many other characters in this show from Disney. Winnie the Pooh is a well loved honey loving character, I can remember going back years you would see winnie on his adventures with Christopher Robin and now he has found a new friend and companion in Derby. In this cartoon Derby, Winnie and tigger are the super sleuths who solve the mysteries of the 100-acre wood.
Overall another great cartoon.
I must admit this isn't one of my daughter's favourite shows, which is actually a shame as it is quite educational. In this cartoon we see Handy Manny and his talking tools Dusty the saw, Felipe the screwdriver, Pat the hammer, Rusty the wrench, Squeeze the pliers, Stretch the tape measure and turner who is a flat headed screwdriver. Manny is always there to help with repairs around the town and is well loved by the other residents. You will see him often visiting kally in the hardware store where he gets supplies to do his work. Manny is Spanish and although he speaks most of the cartoon in English he and his tools do use Spanish phases and advise what they mean in English.
Overall a good cartoon.
This has to be the most educational cartoon on playhouse Disney, we join June, Quincy, Leo and Annie on their adventures round the world where they can see everything from pyramids and the great sphinx. The little Einstein's make their travels in Rocket, which is basically their spaceship. Music from composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonin Dvorak. Children are encouraged to recognise items and stories that took place many years ago aswell as associating with classical music.
Overall great learning show, children can sing along and use hand movements and claps to copy the little Einseins.
Franny is a little girl who hangs around with her Grampa in his shoe shop. Customers will bring their old broken shoes in to be fixed. Once Franny puts on the various shoes she is whisked away into adventures all over the world where she will experience different ways and means of living. Children can get an understanding of how others live in the snowier colder regions.
Overall this show is ok and Franny is rather pleasant, not annoying like some of the other cartoons.
To me you can't find a show more annoying than this one but it's for children at the end of the day and not myself. In this show we can see the characters joining in with parades and competitions, they express ideas to the rest of the group especially Twinkle who has a very vivid imagination. The guys in Higglytown give children an insight into peoples jobs and how they do them, they class all workers as heroes and advise children that whatever job an adult does they are a hero to somebody.
Overall I like the concept of having children appreciate everybody but the singing and the dancing on can be a tad annoying from an adult prospective.
Bear in the big blue house:
In this cartoon we can listen along as bear talks with us we are introduced to his friends Tutter, Luna the Talking and signing moon, Treelo, Ojo and Pip and Pop. You can also see Shadow she is another friend of bears and she is indeed a talking shadow which in my opinion is a bit creepy.
Bear is ok but he does more talking that actually getting the children involved.
There are a few other shows available on playhouse Disney:
Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs
Johnny and the sprites
OOH and AAH
Five minutes more
Happy monster band
I am sorry that I cannot review or give my opinion on the above as I have not seen enough of them to comment.
Playhouse Disney also has a plus channel too so if you miss something you can catch it on the plus side 30 minutes later.
You can view playhouse Disney all day too sometimes you will get a repeat through the day but genuinely the episodes will be new so you don't feel like you are watching the same thing day in and day out. Children don't mind this but it drives us adults mad.
If your children are big fans of the Disney characters then this channel is definitely worth investing in but be warned once they start enjoying the programmes you will find yourself in the Disney store buying all the available merchandise and believe me its not cheap.
The Dsiney channel is perfect for kids and adults. There are films on almost every day from the classics like Cinderella or Snow white to new releases from the world of disney like the fab high school musical, these are mixed in with lots of fantastic kids dramas like the suite life of zak and codey, hannah montana and lizzy mcguire. The there are fantastic cartoons which can be watched over and over again, like Recess. This channel is ideal for the whole family.