Join Crown Princess Elena as she soars through a hidden gateway into Vallestrella, the mysterious, dazzling domain of the jaquins. On the way there, she accidentally releases a mythical forest sprite that could endanger Avalor! Now Elena must find the jaquins’ magical, legendary Sunbird Oracle to save the kingdom! Bring home Elena of Avalor: Realm of the Jacquins on Disney DVD August 7th, which includes 10 bonus shorts.
I received Elena of Avalor: Realm of the Jacquins on DVD from Disney to write a review. It is certainly full of learning and adventures. SPOILERS BELOW!
Realm of the Jaquins starts with Elena boasting that she has learned everything she needs to know in order to run a kingdom. And like all episodes of Elena of Avalor, she breaks into a toe tapping song explaining everything she has learned. Of course, a boast like that can’t go unchallenged, and Elena is put through a few tests to see if what she has learned is enough, and if she is capable of learning more.
The tests begin as soon as Elena enters the Realm of the Jacquins and meets King Verago. Though both are rulers, they are very different in the way they rule and what they believe. Elena believes in second chances while King Verago believes that rules are rules and need to be followed to prevent horrible things from happening. King Verago uses the example of Shuriki and the battle they had to fight to defend and save Avalor many years ago. This falls flat for Elena who is thinking onny of her friend.
However, both rulers face a villain named Marimonda with magical powers to harness that of nature and destroy buildings, towers, and castles. To save Avalor Elena and King Verago fight her alone with their own plans, which fail miserably. Learning from their mistakes King Verago and Elena come together with a plan and execute it with perfect precision, saving Avalor and her people.
It is awesome to see a show that lets children (and adults) know that there is always more to learn and always room to grow. Even a king of 50 years has things to learn. And a princess who has been ruling for only one year has much to learn from a seasoned king. We never know everything and we are sure to be tested every step of the way. But we can learn from those around us and from experiences as they come. I LOVE THIS MESSAGE! 5 STARS!
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Synopsis: Join Crown Princess Elena as she soars through a hidden gateway into Vallestrella, the mysterious, dazzling domain of the jaquins. On the way there, she accidentally releases a mythical forest sprite that could endanger Avalor! Now Elena must find the jaquins’ magical, legendary Sunbird Oracle to save the kingdom!
Voice Cast: Aimee Carrero as Elena; Jane Fonda as Shuriki; Lou Diamond Phillips as Victor Delgado; Cheech Marin as Quita Moz; Noël Wells as Marimonda; Carlos Alazraqui as Skylar; Yvette Nicole Brown as Luna; and Chris Parnell as Migs
Creator/Executive Producer: Craig Gerber
Co-Executive Producer/Story Editor: Silvia Olivas
Bonus Features: 10 Bonus Shorts-