Friday, 5 July 2013

The Secret Life of Walter Manny (Trent Arterberry) 2013 Toronto Fringe Review

 I have seen the Secret Life of Walter Manny. It is a show that I really like.

Walter was a boy who used his imagination to do exciting things: pretend that he was a secret agent, a firefighter and a race car driver.  While he and his grandma were driving to school, his grandma said to him "I'm gonna drive you to school really fast today", he said: "like a race car?!" And then he pretended he was a race car driver in a race car. Then his grandma said "I nearly crashed into a car Walter!"

I think that it is amazing that one guy would change his voice to be so many people.  He was a teacher, grandma,  he was Walter and he was the kids in his school.

I think it was really cool how he mimed a lot of things, and didn't use a lot of costumes, he used his voice his and actions. It's amazing how he swung his arms around like a propellor on an airplane.  He was pretending to fly an airplane like Charles Lindbergh.

Walter had a problem, he couldn't control his imagination.  He stood on the desk and he pretended that there were snakes and bats in the basement.  You have to learn to control your imagination and not go too crazy. He didn't have many friends but he did have a happy life with his imaginary friends.  

Walter Manny learned how to control his imagination. At the end he made friends by saving Roger the class bunny. He saved Roger by using his imagination.

The play was funny. And I think it was exciting. I really liked how Walter pretended to do things but didn't really do them. Walter made me think about how other people control their imagination compared to him.

  • The Secret Life of Walter Manny is playing at the Palmerston Library [FringeKids!] (560 Palmerston Ave.).
  • Performances:
    July 5 – 11:30am
    July 6 – 4:00pm
    July 8 – 6:15pm
    July 9 – 7:30pm
    July 10 – 1:00pm
    July 11 – 11:00am
    July 12 – 4:30pm
    July 14 – 12:00am
  • Individual Fringe tickets are available at the door for $10 ($5 for FringeKids), cash only. Late comers will not be permitted.
  • Advance tickets are $11 ($9 + $2 service charge) are available online at, by phone at 416-966-1062 ext 1, or in person during the festival at the Festival Box Office in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s (581 Bloor St W).
  • Value packs are available if you plan to see at least 5 shows


Monday, 1 July 2013

Happy Feet

 There was a little boy peguin who tried to discover singing  but could never sing. Couldn't sing right, could just howl like a beast. So he was kicked out of the tribe because that was the thing the they had to do.  Happy Feet is about a little penguin who doesn't know how to sing, who can only dance with his toes. He is a funky little guy, moves from one group of penguins to another.  He likes the new tribe better than the old tribe, discovers new friends and goes on adventures.  I liked that it was an adventure about penguins. I liked the music, the singing and the excitement.  

Friday, 26 April 2013


This is a film called the Aristocats.  The kittens names are Marie, Berlioz, and Toulouse. Their mom is Duchess and their soon-to-be dad is Thomas.  It's because he's not fully their dad, he becomes their dad at the end.  it is fun and exciting . The butler named Edgar, when he hears that Madame Bonfamile says that she is going to leave all her treasures and gold to the cats instead of Edgar the butler. So Edgar immediately tries to make a sleeping potion to make the cats go to sleep so in the middle of the night he can take them away so he can get the gold and coins for himself.  The mom and the kittens were put by a river bank - one by one they were found and met together.  After meeting the cat Thomas, they met goose on the way back to the city. And before the goose, they went on a magic carpet ride which was a milk truck.  After the goose, they met the uncle goose Waldo.  He was marinated.  He was drunk.  They go to Thomas' home for a while to get rest after the night and go back to Paris. After meeting the scat gang of alley cats and Roquefort the mouse, they come back from Roquefort trying to tell them that Edgar is going to tie them up in the bag. After Edgar doing that he again, Roquefort, starts to find Thomas to rescue the cats. After rescuing the cats they sing a song. The end. 


Thursday, 25 April 2013

This is my Little Pony Gangnam Style.  I think it will be more appropriate than regular Gangnam Style.  Try it out, all you have to do is just try the link.  I think you will like it. And if you watch some My Little Pony videos it has some scenes. Good luck on finding them.

I like My Little Pony, it's because it's cute and every day they learn a new adventure lesson, and I've already watched all of them.  And when you watch them again and again, the same thing keeps happening so there's no point in watching them.

My Little Pony Gangnam Style

Thursday, 4 April 2013

 TIFF Kids is a film festival for kids.  
April 9-21.


Here are some of great the films you can see. 

The Intergalactic Space Adventures of Cleo and Anouk

It was an amazing movie and I  loved the outer space atmosphere.  I wouldn't leave the windows open if I went into outer space. Going out on bikes after dark to find ghosts in the park is a crazy idea. I think that it's nice how they used puppets. I would love to meet the two girls who starred in this show and I think it would be amazing to actually know or see who actually wrote this show.  I like that it has two girls as the two stars - because I don't usually see that. I usually see boys or usually I see cartoons. I don't really see real live actors too much.  I thought it was funny and a bit different. This show is good for any age. No scary atmosphere. 

It made me think about going on adventures. And I already went on some adventures. Once I went up cable cars, another time I went swimming with a baby.  Another time I was sitting on the Alps of Austria on the ledge of a table. I even saw a person hanggliding down.

No Noodles

I think it was funny and it was amazing how they used the clay. I thought it was cool to see a dinosaur come out of the noodles.

The Race
The race is a very nice movie. I think that it is very cute. I liked the artwork and I liked how it's a story I already know but it is different. My favourite character  was tortoise. I liked the way he moved a little then he stopped. I liked that you can win by taking a nice walk, no need to run.This movie is good for any age. It was fantastic.     

Macropolis is about a cat and a dog. They go on a journey together after they are thrown out but they come back to life as pirate toys. At the end of the show they find a home.  I liked that it is very adventurous. I loved how they made the world go so fast but they're going so slow.

The Little Team
The Little Team is a film about soccer. I love how it's so cute.  It's nice how they tell a story that's real.  It's about soccer and it's about this team - they work so hard but they never get it, their destiny - a goal.  I thought it was really funny.

It was very interesting and I liked how the girl was creative. I really think the backpack would get stuffed.


Saturday, 23 March 2013

Rise of the Guardians

 I saw Rise of the Guardians twice - at a theatre downtown and at my school.  I liked it a lot. But it was a little edgy and things, a little bit sad. 

First there were four Guardians: Sandman, Santa Claus, the Toothfairy and the Easter Bunny.   DON'T READ THIS PART IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED OVER THIS MOVIE. There was some sadness about Sandman turning into black sand and he wasn't in the movie for a while. Then he came back to life and it was almost at the end so he didn't stay in the movie for long. I wish they left him in longer. 

By the way, Jack Frost agreed to be in the Guardians, for a team, though he thought the Easter Bunny was a kangaroo.  There was this weird guy Pitch, he had this nightmare horse that protected him, when he thought he was going to defeat the Guardians. He tried to get Jack Frost to join his side by saying night and coldness go together, and Jack Frost is a guy who makes these drawings with ice.  And Pitch is some guy who wants to be powerful and scare everyone to death.  And he also wants to be believed in.

I would recommend 6 or up to watch this movie because scary points are included. There was a funny part, because Sandman talks in these little sand pictures but when he was trying to say the Man in the Moon was talking to them, they wouldn't listen. He tried flags, he tried everything. Then he got an idea, he took an elf, they had bells on their head, and shook them. Ding, ding ding!

I learned that the darkness is nothing but bad things but that doesn't make me think that bad dreams is nothing but smoke coming out of my head. For the good guys there was this yellow sand over the kids' heads and those are the things they are dreaming of. And obviously they are good things.  Like for example, unicorns with a girl riding on top  of it or a giant cupcake that a kid ate in one second.

Once I had a good dream about a huge lollipop, then I licked it and then I realized it was so rocky, then it wasn't a lollipop, it was a candy cane - so I bit it. Then I just sucked on it for a whole week and then it was gone and my teeth were red and white.  Then I touched my teeth and I turned into a candy cane - Super Candy Cane! 

And by the way, the elves don't make the toys, the yetis do and the elves eat the cookies.  But when an elf is eating a cookie he spit it out because Santa Claus was supposed to eat the cookies.

I believe in Santa Claus. I believe in the Tooth Fairy, in the Easter Bunny and Jack Frost. Although I never see the ice pictures. It's a pity.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

 The Cat Came Back

The Cat Came Back is a very nice play.  I saw it at Young People's Theatre.  Young People's Theatre has very nice plays for kids and adults and all kinds of ages.  I've been in a few ballet shows there, but that's a whole other story.  Today we're talking about The Cat Came Back.  Here are the characters:

Mr Johnson 
The Cat

I love the plays at Young People's Theatre.  'The Cat Came Back' has very interesting characters and actors.  Fred was trying to make a song called 'The Cat Came Back', but it made Mr. Johnson crazy about that cat.  Fred's musicians tried to help Fred try to make Mr Johnson love his cat and have lots of kittens. I liked that the cat always came back, it's a very special cat because the cat always came back.  I especially liked when the cat kept tricking Mr. Johnson into the cat ripping his sweater. I liked the songs - they're funny, silly and all different kinds of expressions like sad and happy. I liked the dancing.  In one of the parts Mr. Johnson got too freaked out that he turned into a statue, he needed help from one of the musicians who didn't talk but he used sign language and he made Mr. Johnson say 'ah, ah, ah, ah', then Mr. Johnson was finally free. And Mr. Johnson went so crazy, so crazy, that he ran through the audience, ran, ran ran - he got so crazy that he just wanted to move to Hawaii.  I want to move to Hawaii too.  And he wears a disguise to try to get them to stop making that cat song - his disguise was a black coat with a long nose and glasses. He tried to get them to stop it but it didn't work, it just made thing go worser and worser. Till the end.  

The play reminded me of the time a cat invaded our house. It almost scratched our radio and it chased up and down the stairs with my dad and my baby sister. But my dad kept trying to nicely lure the cat but my baby sister kept going 'Raar!'. It was funny and I accidentally made the cat go back into our house to start the whole thing again.