Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...

Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Columbia TriStar Home Video presents
Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: Adventures in Nowhere Land (2000)

"I'm a ferocious beast, not an artist."
- The Ferocious Beast (Stephen Ouimette)

Review By: Jon Danziger   
Published: February 27, 2003

Stars: Kristen Bone, Stephen Ouimette, Michael Caruana
Director: Jamie Whitney

MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Run Time: 00h:46m:37s
Release Date: August 06, 2002
UPC: 043396077973
Genre: animation

Image Transfer
Audio Transfer

DVD Review

Welcome to Nowhere Land, an animated fun factory where a little girl named Maggie, rid of such inconveniences as parents, school, and other children, frolics merrily with her two best friends: the Ferocious Beast, a good-hearted monster of indefinite species, and Hamilton, a fussy though sweet little pig whose idea of a good time is perfecting his recipe for pumpkin muffins. This disc brings six of their daffy adventures to DVD, and not a moment too soon.

The Beast makes a fine subject for portraiture in the first episode, Beastly Picture, as Maggie paints a handsome likeness of him. Soon she's off to frolic with the sleep sheep, though, and the Beast, in his enthusiasm for her work, inadvertently punctures the canvas with one of his giant paws. Hamilton the Pig, while he's not pushing those pumpkin muffins, helps the Beast try to re-create Maggie's work, but the Beast's painting is more Picasso than Rembrandt, an abstracted Ferocious Beast. Maggie is a forgiving sort and must be a modernist, for she's enchanted with the Beast's work on her return.

Next time out, the trio are terrorized by The Big Duck, who can only quack and not speak—why is she forever interfering with their attempts to cross the River of Dreams? Because she's the designated ferry across the water, that's why. It's an interspecies bit of understanding—yes, we can all get along.

Things are a little overly anthropomorphic in the third tale, Hamilton's Pet, as our favorite pig takes a fish from the River of Dreams and tries to domesticate it. Hamilton tricks out Fishy with a bonnet, a stroller and a bottle—but the call of the sea is powerful, and Hamilton comes to understand that if you love someone, you must set them free. A balloon that inflates into the shape of a bunny rabbit offers him much consolation.

What starts as a day of fun and games in the snow soon turns traumatic for poor Hamilton, as his favorite hiding place becomes his makeshift sled and sustains some damage, in My One and Only Box. Fortunately and through the magic of animation, the Beast helpfully removes one of his spots to patch up said box, and the wintertime fun can resume.

Next, it's Christmas in July, when Maggie discovers that shaking her new snow globe can in fact make it snow in Nowhere Land—she, Hamilton and Ferocious assemble the title character, Mr. Shivers, a snowman who becomes very much alive. They can't keep shaking that globe enough to keep him from melting, though, so the quartet sets out to find him a happy home at an appropriate temperature. Why Mr. Shivers speaks with an English accent is never explained.

Finally, Hamilton becomes drunk with power after he's crowned The King of Nowhere Land. But since all of his subjects—that is, Maggie and the Beast—get to have all the fun while he can only park it on his makeshift throne, Hamilton abdicates, in favor of picking apples and baking a pie. (Really, who needs Mrs. Simpson?)

All in all, these are sweet enough little stories, likely to please Maggie fans over and over again.

Rating for Style: B
Rating for Substance: B


Image Transfer

Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes

Image Transfer Review: The image quality is of typically high quality on these Columbia animated releases, with a good, saturated steady palette, and little interference. I'd prefer it a little dulled down—sometimes the colors seem almost battery operated—but that's an aesthetic choice, not a technical limitation.

Image Transfer Grade: B+


Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0English, Spanishyes

Audio Transfer Review: The audio can sound a little thin—Maggie and her crew could do with a little more musical support, but there's little interfering with the soundtrack here, either in English or Spanish.

Audio Transfer Grade: B


Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 6 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
3 Other Trailer(s) featuring Jay Jay the Jet Plane, Kermit's Swamp Years, Bear in the Big Blue House
Packaging: Amaray
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: The only extras here are chapter stops for each of the stories, and trailers for some other CTHV kids' titles.

Extras Grade: D


Final Comments

I'll admit that the title made me a little leery—who wants to show little kids something ferocious? But the beast is more sweet than scary, as are the six stories on this disc.


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90


Microsoft Store


television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
Promote Your Page Too



Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store