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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure is a direct-to-DVD musical movie starring two young English cousins -- Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland -- who found fame on YouTube with their song-and-dance cover of a Nicki Minaj rap song. They then became a beloved part of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, assigned to their own segment entitled "Tea Time with Sophia Grace & Rosie." They sing; they dance; they're precocious. This, their first movie, keeps them in character as princess-obsessed little girls acting as correspondents for Ellen's show. It's a fairy tale adventure, set in "Switzelvania," with lots of cartoon action: pratfalls, the girls maneuvering across a ledge, chases, brawls, spills, and clownish thrills. Nothing is ever truly dangerous or scary. The villains are mean sisters and a calculating butler. Occasionally, Sophia Grace and Rosie break the rules (sneaking into a castle, pretending they're princesses from another kingdom), but it's all for a good cause, and they never misbehave for very long.
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What's the story?
Overjoyed by their assignment to act as "correspondents" for the Ellen DeGeneres Show during the crowning of the new queen of Switzelvania, the two stars of SOPHIA GRACE & ROSIE'S ROYAL ADVENTURE confound their reluctant guardian on the airplane trip to the far-off kingdom. Phyllis Bundt ("like the cake" -- played gamely by Amy Louise Wilson) unfortunately gets separated from her charges as soon as the plane lands and finds herself robbed, imprisoned, chased, and even in love before she catches up with them. Sophia Grace and Rose, meanwhile, use their smarts, their charms, and their considerable talent to infiltrate the king's palace. Before you know it, they're caught up in castle politics and a convenient case of mistaken identity. Three princesses are in line for the throne -- two mean, one beleaguered, but all earnest. Only one can become queen. It's up to Sophia Grace and Rosie to expose the villainy in the king's court and to teach the beautiful Princess Abigail to fight for her rightful place at her father's side.
Is it any good?
The antics of pink-cheeked, tutu-clad, wise-beyond-their-years Sophia Grace and Rosie are shown off well in this likable, satisfying musical story. It's not the most professional of productions, but Ellen DeGeneres' company and Warner Bros. have found a way of capitalizing on the growing popularity and marketability of two adorably precocious and talented little girls from England. And it works. Fans -- and there are a considerable number of them -- will not be disappointed, and viewers new to the phenomenon of these young YouTube and television stars will enjoy the slapstick action, the engaging supporting characters, and the happily-ever-after resolution, courtesy of two very resourceful little faux fairy “godmothers.”
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Sophia Grace and Rosie became famous. This movie is a good example of the interconnectedness of the Web, television, and movies (or DVDs). What does it mean to be "famous?" How has the Internet changed our definition of fame?
The kingdom in this movie is called Switzelvania. Why do you think some places have fictional names in stories, and why do some stories use the real locations?
This movie shares some fairy tale elements with the Cinderella story. What three important characters or events have the filmmakers "borrowed" from Cinderella?
- On DVD or streaming: May 20, 2014
- Cast: Sophia Grace Brownlee, Rosie McClelland, Margaret Clunie
- Director: Brian Levant
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 76 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- Last updated: March 13, 2020
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