Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Mr. Peabody on Blu-Ray

No, we're not talking about the wise little dog that travels through time with his pal Sherman. We're talking about Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid, a 1948 classic mermaid film.

DVD Talk is currently hosting a review of the film by Randy Miller III. The film stars William Powell as Arthur Peabody, and Irene Hervey as his wife, Polly. The mermaid, who Arthur names Lenore, is played by Ann Blyth.

The reviewer, Mr. Miller, does not give the film very high marks, stating, "The pleasant but paper-thin plot never really takes advantage of what could be a more satisfying film." Still, the film is a favorite among many mermaid fans.

The film is available for pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray with a list price of $29.95 US. Amazon's current price is $27.98, with a release date of July 8th.

From Mermaids to Monet

Chinese shopping malls are trying just about anything to attract shoppers. The number of shopping outlets have increased to the point that many find themselves without a healthy number of shoppers.

China Realtime, a blog of The Wall Street Journal has the story. "The ONE Mall shopping complex, developed by a Chinese conglomerate in the northeastern city of Shenyang, has daily shows of performers dressed as mermaids, who swim around with exotic fish in a gigantic aquarium."

The article includes a four-minute video, but alas, no mermaids can be seen in the video.

The Mermaid and the Shoe

School Library Journal recently featured a blog post by children's librarian Elizabeth Bird. In the article, Ms. Bird reviews The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell.

"As I may have mentioned before, Disney ruined us for mermaids. There will therefore be kids who read this book and then complain that it’s not a cookie cutter Ariel mass media affair."

Ms. Bird's review is quite comprehensive, and is entertaining to read. The Mermaid and the Shoe could be the perfect choice of story for your young mermaid fan.

Mermaids and Vampires

Have mermaids really replaced vampires in popular culture? Sara Alderman covers the question in her article, 7 Reasons Why Mermaids Are The New Vampires.

You can find the article and slideshow at She Finds, "It’s safe to say that these pale, blood sucking beings are officially dunzo."

Are there only seven reasons? Perhaps you can think of more!

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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  1. "Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid II: Lenore's Pirates" is the live-action sequel to "Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid".