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All of your favorite Ghouls from Monster High are back in an all new animated adventure called Monster High: Great Scarrier Reef. It has all of the spooks and chills you would expect from our happy haunted high. The Great Scarrier Reef feature all our favorites fiends, like Frankie Stein, Draculaura, Ghoulia Yelps, Gil, Clawdeen Wolf and Cleo De Nile.
(How adorable are these dolls???)
As with most of the Monster High films, it also tackles the everyday struggles that some kids go through in school. This time, our glam-tastic ghoul friends tackle bullying. In this case the bullying comes in the form of Toralei (a were-cat) who takes less than flattering photos of Lagoona Blue (an undersea Aussie with a hint of the creature from the black lagoon) and posts them for the whole school to see. Lagoona is an amazing dancer with severe stage fright. Toralei is jealous that she isn’t as good of a dancer, takes advantage of Lagoona. In retaliation, Lagoona un-invites Toralei to her pool party and this sets off a series of events that takes us far beneath the sea. As our aquatic adventure begins we get to meet Lagoona’s family as well as a few new characters such as Posea Reef (the daughter of Poseidon) and Peri and Pearl Serpentine (a sea serpent with two heads who don’t always see eye to eye) and Kala Mer’ri (Lagoona’s old BFF turned frenemy ). Not to mention the dreaded Kraken. Lagoona is forced to face her fears in order to help her friends return home to their (in)human form. This film tackles the issues of self-image, stage fright, jealousy, and bullying all while keeping our favorite ghouls fang-tastic, fabulous and freaky just the way we like them.
Rather than just taking us down the typical mermaid route with this film, each of the cast is transformed into a wide array of sea life rather than just a fish tail. Our always ghoultastic fan favorite Frankie Stein has the tail of an electric eel, while Toralei is transformed into a lion fish. It’s a great concept and opens it up for some great new dolls from Mattel.
Overall the film is really fun. It’s cute, but more importantly it’s smart. It takes a different approach to the tired high school dramas of old. I have always been impressed with Mattel for keeping this line going. It’s obvious why it’s so successful. They reinvent and don’t take the easy way out in putting these stories together. Good story telling is good storytelling no matter what the medium. Once again Monster High nails it. This is great scare-tastic fun for the whole family.