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'Magic Journey To Africa'
(Eva Gerretsen, Raymond Mvula, et al / DVD / NR / (2010) 2013 / IMAGE Entertainment)

Overview: A ten-year-old girl from Barcelona encounters a young bushman who inspires her to learn more about Africa in this educational – and visually dazzling – fantasy adventure. With a young Himba boy named Mel as her guide and a winged horse to carry her across the land, young Jana discovers the beauty of the Namib Desert while learning about the remarkable creatures that inhabit it.

DVD Verdict: Well, coming across more like a PBS special, 'Magic Journey to Africa' is a bright, breezy, very colorful, and very informative movie - and one that not only educates along the way, but also illustrates the fantasy's that can live and breathe within us all.

From the off though the acting and dialogue is stiff, forced and very childish - even from the adults. But then again, maybe that was their target audience, after all, of course. A ten-year-old girl (Eva Gerretsen) is in a restaurant with her father watching a young bush boy (Raymond Mvula) thieve his way around it!

Asking so many questions to her dad abut why he would do that, who would tell him to do that, and why would he listen to them questions (to which he never has a decent response), she eventually tracks down the young bushman herself. And what follows are wondrous adventures, as he lies there in a hospital bed himself, of his inspiration given to her to learn more about Africa.

Along the way she encounters bright red fairies, a horse with wings and a bright blue mane, and an manner of small animals that can talk (and can't stop, and all seemingly in a British accent!). And come the end the message is clear: the world is full of children of all ages, all with different thoughts and dreams. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Making of Namibia
Making of South Africa
Trailer Show