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I had no idea that there was a Wayside movie out there! The kids and I watched it a few days ago to compare it to the books. (If you want to know more about what I thought of the book, check out my book review.) Though the kids enjoyed it very much, it’s a movie that I will never need to see again.
It’s like the books in that it’s completely nonsensical. They got that part right. To give this movie a little more plot than is contained in the books, they changed the story a bit. Todd is new at Wayside School and is completely bewildered by all of its quirks. He tries to fit in, but keeps making mistakes no matter how hard he tries. Todd soon discovers that the classroom he is in, Mrs. Jewls’, was actually designed to be a trash compactor. Every time the principal uses the p.a. system, the back wall starts to move toward the front of the room. With the help of Louis and Miss Mush, Todd rescues his class right before they are squashed in their classroom! The one character that I actually liked was Louis, the yard teacher. He has a hippie persona in this adaptation.
The cartoon style of the movie is akin to Cartoon Network–with everything being fast-paced and frantic. I don’t care for that style of cartoon, though I know it’s very popular with today’s kids. For me, it’s sensory overload.
- There is some gross humor involving boogers and vomit.
- Mauricea keeps punching Todd as a way to show that she likes him.
- There is a scene where a box full of toys goes through a wood chipper, which could be disturbing to some kids.
- There is a dead rat in the kitchen–kind of gross. It’s shown multiple times.
Rating: 1 1/2 Stars
Until next time…
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