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SpacePOP: Princess Power

Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Disclaimer: The manufacturer provided NewTechReview with a NFR unit of this product for review.
Reviewed by Scott R. Garrigus
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“When the evil Empress Geela takes over the Planets of the Pentangle, five teenage princesses escape and disguise themselves as musicians to form a band called SpacePOP. Their mission: spread the message of freedom, friendship and joy through music. Join the princesses on their adventures as they join the resistance to take down the evil Empress Geela, free their parents, and the people of the Pentangle all while spreading the joy of music, beauty, and fashion.” That is the official description for SpacePOP: Princess Power, now available on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which has provided NewTechReview with a NFR copy for review.

Starting out as a short-episode YouTube series, SpacePOP has grown into a budding franchise that includes books, dolls, music albums, and now DVDs, all geared towards young kids (girls in particular). Although SpacePOP: Princess Power is from the creators of Spongebob Squarepants, Strawberry Shortcake, and Hello Kitty, the movie (and overall brand) is more akin to the later two shows. The simple story line and easy-to-follow lyrical content of the songs make the movie appealing to younger audiences, whereas Spongebob Squarepants contains some humor that even adults enjoy.

Even though SpacePOP: Princess Power includes some of the same footage that is freely available on its associated YouTube channel, the movie expands upon the series content with new scenes, new songs, and some bonus features. The animation and voice acting is on par with many of the other children’s shows available today, although the music production steals the show, which seems appropriate given the premise for SpacePOP is based around music. The songs are short, simple, but also very catchy and it’s easy to see that most young viewers will have fun singing along and dancing to these tunes.

The movie provides a small selection of bonus features that includes a teaser trailer and extended editions of three songs, as follows:
* SpacePOP: Princess Power Teaser Trailer - a peek at the ending of Season 1 of the show.
* Unstoppable Extended Music Video - a 2:27 length version of this song.
* By My Side Extended Music Video - a 2:37 length version of this song.
* Find You Extended Music Video - a 2:31 length version of this song.

With its easy-to-follow storyline, short and catchy music, and positive messages of love and friendship, SpacePOP: Princess Power is tailor-made to appeal to young girls who are tweens or younger. Your young ladies will more than likely fall in love with the teenage princesses Athena, Rhea, Hera, Juno, and Luna and be entertained by the film and the catchy, sing-along music that it features.

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* Amazon: http://amzn.to/2oPR3hM
* Website: sonypictures.com
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