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  • TBC
  • Family, Fantasy
  • 2011

Fuchsia: The Mini-Witch

Fuchsia: The Mini-Witch

Synopsis

Walt Disney Benelux presents a live-action adaptation of the Paul Van Loon novel for children, in which a nervous wizard finds his life upended by a playful witch and her chaotic attempts at magic.

About

Johan Nijenhuis directs an adaptation of the famous Dutch childrens book, which aims to surf the wave of magic-mania sweeping the world in the wake of Harry Potter.

The film tells the story of Kwark, a young wizard - hes only 198 (and a half) years old  who picks up a delicious egg for breakfast and is amazed to find it hatch into a tiny, mischievous witch who thinks his toothbrush makes a good broomstick.

A likeable enough story is marred by a very clichéd evil land developers versus nature sub plot. That said, almost everything else that has gone into the mixing pot works rather well. Some great special effects that have cloud dragons menacing kids and magic teapots dancing around the dinner table are matched with superbly colourful costume and set design.

Kids will love the gross humour that includes flatulence, frogs and finger-buffets from hell, but adults wont find many giggles aimed at them. Regts screenplay spends a little too long in the real world and not long enough time developing the forbidden friendship between Fuchsia and a human boy.

A few song and dance numbers vary the pace but, as catchy as they are, anyone familiar with a certain musical theme park ride involving singing children of the world may experience horrifying flashbacks.

In a nutshell

Nijenhuis manages to keep things just buoyant enough to be watchable but, especially for The Walt Disney Company, the film really lacks charisma.

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