Cast: Jennifer Garner, Sofia Mali, Ken Hudson Campbell (VOICES)
Release Date: June 18, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
WONDER PARK is the story of a young girl named June with a big imagination who makes an incredible discovery—the amusement park of her dreams has come to life. Filled with the world’s wildest rides operated by fun-loving animals, the excitement never ends. But when trouble hits, June and her misfit team of furry friends begin an unforgettable journey to save the park. Action-packed and brimming with laughs, WONDER PARK is a ride the whole family will love.
‘Wonder Park’ tells the story of a young and creative girl named June who after abandoning the massive make-believe world she created with her mother following her mother leaveing for treatment due to sickness discovers that not only is the expansive artificial world they imagined a reality, but also the one thing she may need more than anything to help her tackle the real life issues she finds herself confronted with. But after diving into the breathtaking world of her creation, June finds that things have gone terribly wrong in her happy place, forcing her to join forces with her favorite furry friends in an attempt to return her park back to its happy and carefree ways.
‘Wonder Park’ is an enjoyable, touching and fairly humorous animated adventure for the whole family that weaves an imaginative world filled with wonder and furry friends, yet takes things in a different direction that you might initially presume, while also unafraid to tackle some heavy and realistic topics throughout such as sickness and the fear of losing those closest to you, and far more prominently than you may expect. It may not be nearly as memorable as a number of animated films from the past decade or two, but it still has quite a bit going for it and you might just find yourself as pleasantly surprised as I was. I would certainly encourage anyone already at all interested in ‘Wonder Park’ to try and give it a chance whenever convenient. It may not be an animated masterpiece but it’s certainly far better than many give it credit for and offers a heartfelt and fairly enjoyable adventure with something to say. It should at the very least be worthy of ninety minutes of your time, and should also make a solid family movie night selection for many, although some much younger kids may find a few moments slightly scary or have questions about some of the more realistic content dealing with sickness and potential loss. Fortunately some fun characters and a few solid laughs throughout help to still make this one an enjoyable animated adventure that’s worth giving a shot.
Overall, ‘Wonder Park’ is an entertaining and heartfelt animated adventure for the whole family with its share of laughs and excitement, while celebrating the wonders of imagination, especially during the more troubling times in life. ‘Wonder Park’ is recommended for those that enjoy a fun animated tale with plenty of fantasy elements and something real to say behind all the visual wonder, and most families should find at least something to appreciate for those both young and old. It may not manage to reach the levels of amazing many animated features do these days, but nonetheless serves up a heartfelt, fairly amusing and solidly animated film that’s worth checking out whenever it might be convenient, although it probably can’t hurt to rent a copy prior to purchasing just to make certain it’s one you’d like to own.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Wonder Park’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks great as a whole and provides a sharp, clean and richly colored presentation from start to finish, with no noteworthy issues to be uncovered throughout. It holds up quite well even during the heavily populated, fast moving and darkly lit moments, never resulting in anything onscreen becoming negatively affected or rendered indiscernible at any point. Overall, this is a solid high definition video presentation that should please fans of the animated film as well as first time viewers.
The Blu-ray release features a 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack nicely compliments the onscreen fun and offers a clean, crisp and at times fairly aggressive audio presentation throughout. It frequently takes advantage of all seven available channels in order to send crowd chatter, some nature and action effects along with more throughout the various speakers whenever fitting and never allowing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a pretty fantastic 7.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack that delivers across the board and sounds great from start to finish.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Wonder Park’ includes an enjoyable collection of brief extras including fun videos, behind the scenes Featurettes, guides on how to draw your favorite characters from the movie and more. They include: ‘Gus Yodeling – Deleted Scene’ (running approximately 1 minute in length), ‘The Wonder Chimp Channel’ (running approximately 5 minutes), ‘The Pi Song Sing-Along’ (approximately 1 minute), ‘Making Noises (It’s Actually A Job?!!) (approximately 4 minutes), ‘June’s Guide to Wonderland’ (2 minutes), ‘June’s Welcoming Crew’ (2 minutes) and instructions on how to draw three characters from the film in ‘Boardwalk Caricatures’ which includes ‘Drawing Boomer’ (approximately 9 minutes), ‘Drawing the Wonder Chimp Pirate’ (10 minutes) and ‘Drawing the Wonder Chimp Princess’ (8 minutes).