It's all about the cuteness and nothing else
We don't learn much about Lalaloopsy Land as we meet its citizens, including Jewel, Mittens and Peanuts (named for an aspect of their interests, respectively princesses, snow and the circus.) All you get is what you see, which is a design based on crafting, with obvious threads holding everything together and defined fabric patterns, while the characters stick strictly to their defined personalities, which carry over to their pets, as well as baby versions in some cases (possibly sisters?) The look is very charming, right down to the girls' button eyes and the flat, yet crisply shaded curls in their hair, capturing some of the bold, modern design of shows like Wow Wow Wubbzy, but there's a lack of backstory that makes it hard to embrace the show.
The thin plot of this film centers around a surprise announcement that Peanut will be making, but they realize that their friend Pillow (and her pet Sheep) are missing, so they set out to find her. Pillow's problem is she's a bit of a narcoleptic, as she falls asleep anywhere and at any time. This makes finding her a bit of a hassle, and it send the girls all over Lalaloopsy Land to try an find her. Unfortunately, not a whole lot happens along the way, with the exception of seeing more of their world. There's not much in the way of comedy or lessons, and there's not much drama either (though that's pretty rare in this genre anyway.) As a result, the 75 minutes feels a lot longer than it is.
However, to my little girl, who has a collection of Lalaloopsy dolls and an unbreakable addiction to all things cute and "awwwwww"-worthy, it couldn't have lasted long enough. She laughed at the silly baby talk of the mini-Lalaloopsies, she smiled at their goofy behaviors and she just generally bathed in the adorableness of it all. When I asked her what she liked most about it, all she'd say was "It's so cute." Now, normally I like her to get something out of a movie or a TV show, which is why I don't mind her ceaseless viewings of Too Cute and How It's Made as she learns about her world. But this is just meaningless outside of its Paul Frank-like appeal. But at least it's not Bratz, Lalaloopsy's parent company's other big product line. In fact, it couldn't be more opposite, and for that I am quite thankful.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation is mainly about the characters' dialogue, which stays up front in the center channel, and is clear and clean, with the music getting support in the surround speakers, where you'll also find a few nice sound effects, though there's nothing dynamic about the mix. That said, it is far more impressive than anyone would expect coming in.
The song is followed by five short mini-adventures, running around two or three minutes each. (These can be viewed individually or as a group.) There's not a lot of plot to these stories, with some barely existing beyond the initial set-up. But they were cute enough to entertain my daughter, so they have that going for them.
Also included on the disc is an reel of trailers for other Lionsgate kids releases.
The Bottom Line