Sunday, October 7, 2012

Blu-ray Review Of Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!


Digging back into our vault here at the Disney Film Project, you may recall a very early episode of ours that went completely to the dogs.  We really couldn’t help ourselves as we reviewed the first two Beverly Hills Chihuahua movies back in Episode 11.  As they’re movies about two live action talking dogs, Papi & Chloe, as the central characters it’s hard not to take the content with a bit of humor as it’s intended.  After all actor and comedian George Lopez voices one of the main characters.

So I thought it’d be fun to take a look at the new Blu-ray release of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!”.  We’re considering, but not promising, to do a podcast episode on this movie next year.  So rather than speak directly about the movie, I thought I’d keep this strictly to the features of the Blu-ray.  However, truth be told, after you get through all of the trailers on the Blu-ray there’s not much content left to review.

One of the trailers reveals a new Disney Junior show called “Sofia the First”, which it seems will be about a young princess named Sofia going to Royal Prep school.  Her instructors will be the fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.  From time to time the various Disney Princesses will appear in this show.  There are also advertisements for the upcoming Brave Blu-ray release as well as a Blu-ray containing both Cinderella II and Cinderella III.

There’s a short on the Blu-ray called “Hangin’ With Papi” where we spend a day on the set with Papi.  It’s filmed in a documentary format where Papi is being interviewed and we hear commentary from other members of the cast and crew.   Papi makes a plea to all the “babes” declaring that he only has eyes for Chloe.  We also get to visit wardrobe with Papi, and learn that the cast has great respect for him.  One even calls him the “Marlon Brando of our time”.  On the flip side the cast all seems to recognize that Chloe is a complete diva (duh!).

The last bit of content on the Blu-ray is the music video for “Living Your Dreams” which is the theme song for the movie.  It is performed by actress Raini Rodriguez, and is provided in both English and Spanish versions.  My only problem is that both of these look clearly dubbed, and therefore lack production value.  The song itself is catchy in either language, and the video gets across some of what is going on in the film.

Overall, if you like the whole talking dog meme of the prior Beverly Hills Chihuahua films you’ll very likely want to pick up a copy of this movie or at least go rent it.  But like the originals, this is not a movie for everyone.

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