The Secret of the Magic Gourd

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Overview

A live-action, Mandarin-language adaptation of the popular 1958 children's book by author Zhang Tianyi, The Secret of the Magic Gourd follows the wondrous adventures of a young schoolboy named Wang Bao. When Wang Bao discovers a magical gourd that can instantly grant his every wish, the awkward child suddenly becomes a hero amongst his curious classmates. When the gourd proves more of a burden than a blessing and the boy decides to get rid of it, he quickly discovers that's ...
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Overview

A live-action, Mandarin-language adaptation of the popular 1958 children's book by author Zhang Tianyi, The Secret of the Magic Gourd follows the wondrous adventures of a young schoolboy named Wang Bao. When Wang Bao discovers a magical gourd that can instantly grant his every wish, the awkward child suddenly becomes a hero amongst his curious classmates. When the gourd proves more of a burden than a blessing and the boy decides to get rid of it, he quickly discovers that's easier said than done.
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Special Features

Bloopers; Backstage Disney: Go Behind the Scenes to see how this film was made; ; Games & Activities: Too many Toys! - Help Raymond Ship the Toys Back to the store before Dad gets home; ; Music Video: "World of Wonder" (Chinese Version)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • UPC: 786936761252
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,294

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gigi Leung
Zhu Oi Long
Guo Kai Min
He Qing
Meng Oian
Corbin Bleu Voice Only
Drake Johnston Voice Only
Takayo Fischer Voice Only
Megan Hilty Voice Only
Aaron Michael Drozin Voice Only
Josh Reaves Voice Only
Jeremy Shada Voice Only
Technical Credits
John Chu Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Frankie Chung Director
Yee Chung-man Production Designer
Peter Kam Score Composer
Angie Lam Editor
Han Sanping Producer
Lam Kee To Screenwriter
Chan Chi Ying Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Secret of the Magic Gourd
1. A Daring Rescue [:00]
2. Wake Up! [:00]
3. Tale of the Magic Gourd [:00]
4. A Lucky Catch [:02]
5. Never Flown Before [:00]
6. Hide and Seek [:00]
7. Chess Game [5:11]
8. A Fresh Start [6:33]
9. New Design [1:17]
10. Magic Gourd To The Rescue [8:50]
11. An Army of Toys [4:56]
12. Math Test [4:24]
13. A Monster in Disguise [4:12]
14. The Swim Meet [4:55]
15. Goodbye [7:23]
16. End Credits [3:56]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Secret of the Magic Gourd
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   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Bloopers
      Games & Activities: Too Many Toys! Game
      Backstage Disney
         Behind The Scenes With The Gourd
         Music Video
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English
         Mandarin
         Cantonese
      Subtitles
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: None
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A gourd to beat them with

    This film is a Disney product. It's cutesy, kitschy, full of small . yech . children, and partly animated. The only problem is that it's cutesy to the max, kitschier than "Leave It to Beaver", and the animation! .well, the animation's OK, I guess.


    The "Secret of the Magic Gourd" is that it's awful. There certainly isn't any other secret, because what the magic gourd does is telegraphed to you right up front, and the appearance in the narrative is even less of a surprise than the appearance of an E.T. in "E.T.". About the only surprise in the whole thing is that the M.G.'s finger doesn't light up. Imagine the Disney imagineers forgetting that!

    The gist of S.o.t.M.G. is that there is a Magic Gourd (yeah, OK, so?) and it will grant you your every wish. Gourds are singularly unattractive objects (despite the opinions of deluded people who use them as decorations). Why not a genie? Disney does great genies. But no. We get a yellow gourd with big eyes and an off-side mouth. A yellow gourd that . well, here comes the plot.

    Raymond Bao is your typical 11-year-old boy. He's Chinese, which makes him statistically typical. He's lazy and not interested in doing what it takes to be successful at whatever school wants him to do. He's heard the story of the Magic Gourd and of course wants to find it. As things turn out, it finds him.

    Gourds are, as you will recall, basically hollow. This one is no exception, especially in the upper part, where the brains ought to be. It therefore never thinks wishes through, but grants them very literally, including brainless (of course) speculations as to what "master" really wants.

    The results are naturally disastrous. Over and over and over . and OVER . again. You would certainly think somebody would catch on. The audience ought to right away, but most of reviews of this film seem to indicate a gourd-like quality in the reviewers. The gourd seems to have caught on in the end, sort of. Raymond catches on at last and gets rid of the gourd. He then actually works for a goal (winning a track meet), which of course he does because this is a Disney film. Not for Disney the moral complexity and ambiguity of trying to explain how it's all right to practice your guts out and still not quite make it.

    I'm sure some of you are waiting for the other bits like subplots, subtexts, secondary plots, or anything to make this more than a very long 8-minute cartoon. Actually, "Magic Gourd" is even less complex than an 8-minute cartoon. Animated humor for children is most successful when it aims some of its content toward adult viewers. Adults need not apply here.

    What we have here is a film that's got a moral point to hammer home, and hammer it does - so much so that even the most retarded 3-year-old will get the point by the time the story's half-way done. This klutzy production has nothing on its . um, . mind but beating its little viewers about their collective heads with a single point. The lack of variety is positively stultifying. I was riveted to my seat with boredom. Any child with half a brain would be, too - I would hope. Nobody, however immature, should be subjected to this nursery rhyme gone mad.

    On the other hand, I can see how children might actually like things like this. The results from our schools indicate that the little troglodytes flee from mental challenges, despise learning, and are generally less attractive than the pre-Gourd Raymond Bao. This sort

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    Posted May 5, 2009

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