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Arthur Christmas: A blatant rip-off of Prep & Landing?

Arthur top, Prep and Landing below

Watching television tonight I saw a trailer for “Arthur Christmas,” a new movie from Sony. Here’s the description: “On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission.” The first thing I thought was that this is a blatant rip-off of Disney’s Prep and Landing. Here’s the description of that: “Wayne gets a new rookie partner, Lanny, after his previous partner got the promotion he wanted. Lanny has to remind Wayne of the Spirit of Christmas and the importance of being an elf in Santa’s Prep and Landing elite unit.” The difference being that Prep and Landing is a television special that came out 2 YEARS AGO! Looking further into Arthur Christmas, it really isn’t a simple copy, but some sequences look a little too similar to me. Mainly the whole high-tech, Mission Impossible type elves. Even other websites have made this mistake. (See screencap below.) You can’t argue that some of the ideas are definitely “borrowed”. Check out the trailer below, followed by a clip of Prep and Landing. What do you think?

The listing says Arthur Christmas, but the image below is Prep and Landing.

3 Cheesy-awesome Halloween movies from the 90’s

As the leaves start changing colours and the temperature dips, I instantly snap into Halloween mode. This time of year I read about all the haunted houses all over the country and wish I could build one on my front lawn. As a kid, I did have fog machines and dry ice for Halloween and would try to conjure up a pretty cool lawn display. Plus all the television shows and movies that help celebrate the season. I’m too old to trick-or-treat, but I’m not to old to curl up in a blanket to watch some of my favourite Halloween movies. Everyone has their own favourite movies for Halloween, some love the classic “Nightmare on Elm Street”  or “Friday the 13th” films, while others like the latest flick hitting the theatres like “Paranormal Activity 3.” I love tons of movies, the type that are full of cheese, spectacle and awesome storytelling. Many films hold a special place in my heart that I can’t explain. I simply love them. Generally were made in the 90’s. I have a very long list of Halloween favourites, but these three movies I must watch every year. They take me back to my childhood, being a kid and not having to worry about jobs, money or what the future holds. Plus, have you ever met anyone who can say these movies suck? Check it out and let me know your favourite movies to watch for Halloween.

Hocus Pocus

Out of every movie made for Halloween, “Hocus Pocus” is the best. It’s over the top, hilarious and has a great storyline. The film stars Omri Katz of “Eerie Indiana” fame, along with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najiimi. It usually plays a billion times on television during October, especially on The Disney Channel. Unfortunately for us in Canada, we don’t get Disney Channel. Thank goodness for DVD or Family Channel, the half assed version of Disney Channel. This is the type of movie that gets better the more times you watch it, and seeing it now as an adult it’s fun to notice some of the inappropriate jokes that fly over your head as a kid.

Sleepy Hollow

A fantastic movie starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci based on the Washington Irving short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Expertly directed by Tim Burton, this stunning film visual qualities he’s known for and is simply one of the best mood setting films for Halloween. It’s also on of his best films. And bonus points because Johnny Depp is awesome!


Out of all the Halloween movies I love, this is by far the cheesiest and over to top film. The basic plot: Marnie learns she’s a witch and must save Halloweentown from something evil. It’s a Disney Channel movie that came out in the late 90’s. It was so popular it spawned 2 sequels. Even though the acting is awful and the movie has that low budget, made in Canada TV movie look, it’s pretty fantastic! Definitly gets me in the Halloween Spirit!

Kim Kardashian vs. Old Navy with a splash of Sears

Believe it or not, the Old Navy commercial below is the reason for a $20 million dollar lawsuit against Gap Inc. (their parent company), by Kim Kardashian and Co. Why you may ask? It seems that the woman looks very similar to Kim. Ok, yes she does. Should it be illegal to have the same body type, hairstyle, facial whatever? In my opinion no. Since Kim, Khloe or one of the other people in the family that all look like each other as well, have a clothing line coming out with Sears, it may create confusion for the brand. To be clear, this campaign aired in January, as in 6 months ago. I find it difficult to remember a commercial I saw 2 hours ago on Big Brother let alone this music video from January! Side note: Is Sears really on the radar for the target market of people who like Kim and Co?  Anyways, I’m ashamed I am even wasting time on this but take a look at the ad below.  It’s a catchy song. At least we know one thing is true: this woman would never be caught in anything from Old Navy!