Actors: Sophia Grace Brownlee, Rosie McClelland, Margaret Clunie, Anna Skellern, Emma Pierson
Director: Brian Levant
Writers: Erik Patterson, Jessica Scott
Producers: Brian Levant, Amy Louise Wilson, Dean McCoubrey, Robin B. Smith., Jacqui Achilleas
Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
Rated: G (General Audience)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Digital Copy Expiration Date: May 20, 2016
Run Time: 89 minutes
Sophia Grace and Rosie’s Royal Adventure is a film made exclusively for the enjoyment of this young duo’s previously existing fan-base, which I am assuming must be extremely young. I had never heard of them; though I am sure I had seen them do a red carpet interview at some point, I must have blissfully blocked it from my memory. If only I could do the same with this straight-to-video disaster of cuteness. It will make you long for the days of the Olsen twins, at the very least. Really, the only time this act has truly worked is when it was done by Shirley Temple, and every young imitator ends up looking like a bad contestant on “Toddlers & Tiaras.”
These two little performers first arrived as mini celebrities in 2011 when they performed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and have stuck around since then like gum on the soles of viewer’s shoes. The overly cute contrived performances make their way to Switzelvania to meet a princess being chosen for coronation as the queen. They get a magic duck along the way, giving the girls wishes amidst the hyperactive dance sequences and shrilly spoken dialogue. Anyone over the age of 12 watching this film seems unlikely and slightly creepy.
The storyline has more twists and turns, including a conspiracy amongst the princesses to keep the super-hero-dressing sister from any chance at being queen. The young reporters are sent by Ellen to do something unclear, but instead end up giving lessons and a makeover to the princess in order to help her win the crown. It is a strange film with odd logic and sugar-induced hyperactivity in place of dialogue or direction.
The combo pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD copy of the film. There is also an activity booklet included with the package, and a handful of special features. The best of the special features include a collection of their moments from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and a blooper reel. The worst of the extras includes a featurette about the color pink and why the young girls like it so much. There are also sing-a-long versions of the films original songs.
Entertainment Value: 1/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 1.5/10
Historical Significance: 0/10
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