Movie Review: ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY
I don’t watch Nickelodeon. I chanced upon this one by happenstance. I got waylaid by the Flu over the Christmas holiday–my regular readers of this and our sister sites are likely tired of hearing about it by now, but for the occasional just-dropping-by viewer, a little explanation is necessary. Being confined to the couch with nothing to do but suffer through and watch movies and TV, I watched a few things that I normally wouldn’t have. Among those offerings was the made-for-cable movie ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY, which aired on Nickelodeon. Turned out it was a lot of fun, even for a (*hack* *cough*) children’s movie.
The movie is based on a book, which I haven’t read, so I can’t say if the book is as much of a blatant rip-off of WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY as is the film version (complete with a golden key instead of a golden ticket). Still, rip-off or not, the concept of having the characters from books coming to life inside a magical library managed to snag the heartstrings of the bookish little boy inside me. And of course the Horror genre is well represented. The Witch from the WIZARD OF OZ books, the Frankenstein Monster, and Count Dracula are all present. I don’t know what book in particular the Werewolf came out of, but it was fun trying to guess.