The Little Rascals Save the Day on DVD
by Phil Boatwright

Written and directed by Alex Zamm (Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2), The Little Rascals Save the Day arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, & DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet on April 1, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

FILM SYNOPSIS: In the spirit of the treasured Our Gang comedies, The Little Rascals Save the Day finds the most entertaining bunch of third graders in town hatching a series of madcap schemes to earn enough money to keep Grandma’s bakery out of the clutches of a conniving businessman and his exasperating son. From caddying to pet care to taxi service, each of their plans goes hilariously awry until they are left with just two options: find a way to win the local talent show or wave goodbye to the best baked goods they’ve ever tasted!

PREVIEW REVIEW: Little ones look at the world and their movies differently than we grownups. Film critics must constantly remind themselves of this truism. But what frustrates those who examine and analyze movies is the fact that many great films aimed at different demographics go unnoticed while drack often makes its way to Blu-ray. So my question is, wouldn’t you rather your kid watch a good movie than a bad one?

Of course, as with the original Hal Roach movie shorts, there is an innocence to the proceedings, life lessons are affirmed, and the slapstick misadventures will most likely keep very little ones amused. But this direct-to-DVD/Blu-ray is ponderous, except possibly for those bemused by Lava Lamps. It contains not one speck of charm and only marginally more humor. As for the appeal of the young stars, well, there is none. The jacket cover is deceptive. The photo looks promising.

DVD Alternatives:
Little Rascals (1994).
The Sandlot (1993).
The Brave Little Toaster (1987). This creative animated story of household appliances that come to life when no one's home is full of positive messages about friendship, loyalty and self-sacrifice. These kitchen machines share several adventures as they go into the world searching for their owner. The talents of several Saturday Night Live alumni make this silly tale a pleasure for adults as well.
The Adventures of Milo & Otis (1989). Great adventure starring animals, with Dudley Moore serving as narrator. G