car is alive"
After graduating from college, Maggie Peyton (Lohan) is taken
out by her dad (Keaton) to buy a cheap car to celebrate. After picking out
a nice Nissan, a feisty little VW Beetle does his best to get noticed and
inadvertently gains Maggie attention. What Maggie doesn't know is that this
is no ordinary Bug but a legend in the car world but this little VW with
the number 53 is none other than Herbie.
Herbie, the loveable VW Beetle that is alive has been a kid's
favourite since 1968 but does he have what it takes to make it in the new
After 'Riding again', 'going to Monte Carlo' and then 'going
Bananas', the original 'Love Bug' hit hard times in the 1980s with a failed
TV series and a failed TV movie in 1997 but 'Herbie: Fully Loaded' sees
the VW Beetle back on track and raring to go. A firm family favourite on
afternoon television over the holidays it is strange that Herbie has come
back a lot earlier but with 'Fully Loaded' he gets the chance to show what
he can really do.
He has been a racing car all his life but this time Herbie
moves from Rallying to NASCAR, in a sport were speed matters as the cars
circle the oval track. While this isn't the most interesting of motor sports
(outside of the US), Herbie is set to become the star as his new owner Maggie
Peyton takes on the bigheaded champion of the sport Trip Murphy to try and
win the cup. As with sports oriented movies, you know exactly what is going
to happen but the fun is getting there and Herbie has family fun by the
Herbie himself is the star of the show. In the new millennium
and with the aid of CGI, Herbie can now do absolutely anything and has a
lot more expressions in his VW Bug features. This means that the car now
feels more alive than ever as we follow his antics as he tries his hand
at street, drag and NASCAR racing, all with his loveable brand of enthusiasm.
The human characters are a bit of a mixed bag however. Lindsay
Lohan is a talented young actress, who excels when roles are more challenging
or better scripted (see Mean Girls or Freaky Friday) but this is a role
she seems to be acting on autopilot. There is nothing really to push her
here, as all she has to do is sit behind the wheel and let Herbie do the
driving. Justin Long has a similar predicament as Kevin, Lindsay's prospective
love interest, who just happens to be a car mechanic. Matt Dillon is like
Disney villains of old as NASCAR champion Trip Murphy. He is suitably over
the top but he does push it too far some times. Michael Keaton and Breckin
Meyer are completely wasted however as Maggie's father and brother, as the
characters are very underused.
'Herbie: Fully Loaded' captures the essence of what made
the original four Disney movies such a hit. This is good, wholesome family
fun that the kids will love and the parents will remember from their own
childhood. While the human performances are not that great and the story
a tad predictable, Herbie is still the star of the show and it is his presence
alone that should have you racing to watch him.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the
movie is presented well.
Director Angela Robinson provides a commentary track for 'Herbie: Fully
Loaded'. The woman at the helm talks about the responsibility of bringing
Herbie back to the silver screen and the history of the character. She
reveals the many changes to the script and development of the film and
the emphasising of Maggie and Herbie's relationship. This is a decent
single person commentary from an enthusiastic director.
Deleted Scenes (11.49 mins)
Entitled 'Irwindale Garage', 'Maggie's Bedroom', 'Maggie Wins', 'Street
Race' and 'Chicken Shack' these deleted or extended scenes have optional
commentary from director Angela Robinson.
Bloopers (5.16 mins)
See Lindsay Lohan and the rest of the cast make a hash of their lines
and discover that Lindsay has a real fear of spiders.
Lindsay Lohan Music Video 'First' (3.27 mins)
See a blonde haired Lindsay perform her single from the movie soundtrack.
A Day at the Races (13.21 mins)
Director Angela Robinson, NASCAR driver Deborah Renshaw and stars Lindsay
Lohan, Justin Long, Matt Dillon and Breckin Meyer go to the 'Richard Petty
Driving Experience' to experience the speed of NASCAR. The group also
train in the pits, as Lindsay and the director get in the cars to drive
around the California Speedway track.
Breaking the Rules: Stunts from Herbie: Fully Loaded (8.45 mins)
Director Angela Robinson, producer Lisa Stewart, second unit director
Spiro Razatos, stunt coordinator Andy Gill, racing stunt coordinator Steve
Kelso and stars Lindsay Lohan, Matt Dillon and Breckin Meyer take you
behind the scenes of Herbie's stunts. Here we see Herbie rail riding,
at the demolition derby and on the track racing.
Bringing Herbie to life (11.13 mins)
Director Angela Robinson, production designer Daniel Bradford, visual
effects supervisor John Van Vliet, executive producer Tracy Trench, stunt
coordinator Andy Gill, sound designer Scott Gersham, supervising puppeteer
Robert Short and stars Lindsay Lohan and Matt Dillon come together to
talk about how Herbie was brought back to the big screen. With both practical
and CG Herbie, the featurettes shows you how the animatronic Herbie worked.
We also see the designs for the junkyard, street, demolition derby and
Previews of 'Kronk's New Groove', 'Cinderella', 'Freaky Friday' and 'Confessions
of a Teenage Drama Queen'
Disney has done a good job with DVD treatment for 'Herbie: Fully Loaded'.
Filled with bonus features and a good commentary track, fans of Herbie
will be very pleased with this DVD.
The Love Bug
Herbie Rides Again
Herbie goes to Monte Carlo
Herbie goes Bananas
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