A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Monster High: Freaky Fusion is, itself, a fusion. It's a fun story with engaging characters and a light spirit, and it's also a remarkable marketing tool. The doe-eyed, stiletto-wearing teen "monsters"/legends are at their most charming here. And eight new Mattel Monster High dolls are introduced in this DVD. The beloved "ghouls" (girls) encounter a little more suspense than usual. Their rendezvous with mythical creatures-of-yesterday find them in an electrifying lab, whooshing through a time tunnel and in the clutches of a roaring robotic monster. A budding romance, played with a light hand, is part of this story as well. Monster High movies always have messages to deliver; the ones here are positive and deal with contemporary issues about acceptance and friendship in an insightful way. (Spoiler alert: One of the leading ladies appears to be either dead or unconscious for a considerable length of time at the film's climax, but she ends up being revived.)
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What's the story?
Preparations are underway for Monster High School's 200th anniversary celebration in MONSTER HIGH: FREAKY FUSION. All the students are researching their "scaritage" (rhymes with "heritage") for the event. Right at the same time, a foursome of new teens has arrived. The "hybrids," as they are known, are wary. They've been mistreated at so many other schools that they have little hope of acceptance. Neighton, a combination unicorn/zombie hybrid, is the only optimist. That's probably because he's immediately smitten by Frankie Stein. Frankie's intrigued but preoccupied. As the bicentennial approaches and the scaritages are gathered, Frankie is wistful about her grandfather, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, a student at Monster High in 1814. Robecca Steam wishes she could know her dad, too, another Monster High 1814 alumnus. When a group of the good friends decide to investigate the catacombs where Robecca's dad left a journal, mysteriously freaky events start to happen. Time travel; an unexpected experiment in which some of the girls are accidentally "fused," becoming hybrids, too; and a disturbing visit with Sparky, a mad scientist obsessed with creating life, result in chaos for everyone. The anniversary celebration, the girls' identities, and even one heroine's life is in jeopardy. It takes ingenuity, a little bravery, and a lot of friendship to save the day.
Is it any good?
Fans of Monster High will not be disappointed; those who find the curvy, doe-eyed fashionistas in spike heels a bit iffy will note that nothing along those lines has changed. Oh, and so many new toys: With the Freaky Fusion dolls and Hybrid dolls now entering the marketplace, this DVD is chock-full of buying opportunities. At least the story is fun and there are plenty of solid messages. Familiar characters have a few surprisingly suspenseful moments and some heart-warming visits with their ancestors, learn important lessons, and open their hearts to a continuing parade of interesting new friends.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the ghouls when they were "fused" together. Do you find that people, generally, have many sides to their personalities? Why is this a good thing?
Why are movies about time travel so appealing? What time in history would you like to visit? Who would you like to meet?
The students at Monster High School dress very differently from kids in real schools. It's a simple way for the filmmakers to identify the legend or myth that each person represents. Try to draw and dress a character that represents the person you believe you are.
- On DVD or streaming: September 30, 2014
- Cast: Kate Higgins, Celeste Henderson, Josey Montana McCoy
- Director: William Lau
- Studio: Mattel Playground Productions
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, High School, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Run time: 74 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: March 13, 2020
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