Lionsgate // 2008 // 70 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // August 20th, 2008
You choose what the Bratz do next!
And, unfortunately, one of your choices isn't "convince them to forgo their birth control pills and drastically change their lifestyle over to one of self-control and restraint." Actually, the Lil' Bratz aren't quite as trampy as their older counterparts and in this choose-your-own-adventure, they're mainly concerned with batting their humongous CGI eyes at you and redefining the word "bubbly."
By "you" I mean "little girl skilled at using a DVD remote." There's no plot to speak of here but the concept is simple: it's your birthday, the Lil' Bratz want to throw you a killer party and will offer you a variety of options to choose from, to tailor-make the most bodacious celebration evah. You have multiple choices about the type of party theme, the invitation, the cake, the type of story to read at your party (is that what happens at teenaged girls' parties?), what kind of balloon animals or piñata you want, which of three songs to dance to, sing-along with, karaoke to and just sit back and watch.
The choices don't lead to any significant story variation, because there's no story. It's just a series of short stories and songs and pictures of cakes and invitations. "The possibilities are endless," the tagline proclaims on the back of the disc. Sure, there are loads of permutations, technically, but there aren't any substantial differences in what transpires. The birthday cake will look different. So will the invitations. And the theme. And the balloon animals. And the songs. And the stories. And that's the DVD.
Will it appeal to its target demographic? Perhaps, but I could easily see even the most devoted Lil' Bratz fan grow tired of the gimmick. The branching "choices" don't differ that much, and with only the same three songs to dance and sing to, the longevity of the title will likely suffer. But for that brief time, the unique interface and gimmick should be at least sort of fun.
Full frame, 2.0 stereo, and Lionsgate trailers are your disc specs.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 70 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated