Yesterday Grace and I were very lucky to be invited to a preview screening of the Moshi Monster Movie. Normally invitations to events are met with excitement from Grace but on this particular occasion, I have not known her to talk – or get excited – quite so much as she has for this one! She has had a mini obsession for these strange little figurines for some time now. She has a poster on her wall (and ticks off the Moshlings as she gets them), a couple of cuddly toys, a Moshi HQ…anyway, you get the picture! Even the 5.30am start on a Sunday morning didn’t phase her!
We arrived ready to enter the Odeon West End in Leicester Square for fun in the foyer starting at 9.30am. As we showed our tickets, the staff guided us through and explained that we could go upstairs or down and that the film would be shown in the screen downstairs.
The first thing we did was have our photo taken with Poppet and Katsuma! (see above). Then we went upstairs into a room filled with lots of talented artists who not only painted a beautiful Poppet on Grace’s arm but also Moshified her onto a badge and drew a beautiful caricature of her.
Once we had plied ourselves with drinks, candy floss, pastries and cupcakes we went to take our seat in the cinema but not before being offered some Moshling Magic water and more food!
Prior to the start of the film, Michael Acton-Smith, Mr Moshi himself, took to the stage to introduce the film. Michael created the idea of the Moshi Monsters back in 2007 and is CEO, Creative Director and founder of the kids entertainment company Mind Candy. He told us that he had come up with the idea for the Moshi Monsters film 2 years ago and how happy he was it had made it onto the big screen. He explained that it was a British idea and that the film had been brought to life by British companies. I particularly liked his Adam Ant jacket! 🙂
The film started and straight away Buster Bubblechomps accompanied by a couple of Moshlings showed us we were in for quite an adventure. A great big colourful, song-filled, in-your-face one too! 🙂 All Grace’s favourites were there lead by Katsuma and Poppet together with Furi, Diavlo, Zomer (love that guy!), Luvli and the very cute Mr Snoodle with Blinky the camera. We follow them as they set off to find 3 items in return for the Moshling Egg that the evil Dr Strangelove and his sidekick glump, Fishlips, have stolen from Bubblechomps’ Moshi collection.
Grace and I were very pleased to see that some of the songs from the Moshi album (which was played to death on our long commute to school last year) made the film including ‘Sweet Tooth’ and ‘Jollywood’ performed by the fabulous Bobbi Singsong! We loved the storyline. Grace sat spellbound throughout the film (she tends to fidget but not on this occasion!) and I am pleased to say that I now have a far better understanding of what these little creations are all about. I can certainly see why Grace is such a big fan. I have no doubt I would have been at her age!
After the film, we got the chance to meet Mr Moshi. He signed Grace’s photo cover and I had my photo taken with him 🙂 On the way out I was really chuffed to be able to meet Rebecca from The Beesley Buzz – I distinctly remembered how much her and her sons enjoyed Grace’s video about Gangsta Granny! We also saw Helen from KiddyCharts – another welcome, friendly face. I was a little disappointed to miss Steph and her girls – sorry we missed you!
As we left, and said our thank you’s – and goodbyes – Grace was very chuffed to be given a packet of Moshlings and a bookmark. We then set off for Picadilly Circus and the Regent Street Christmas lights and included a visit to Hamleys where Grace bought a dress for her Build-a-Bear called Heart.
Over lunch, I asked Grace what the best part of the day was. ‘Oh, most absolutely and definitely the Moshi Monster Movie, Mum. No doubt!’ And I have to say that I am inclined to agree with her – which is rather a surprise for me as I didn’t really understand much about them before!
So will our hero Moshi Monsters save the day, the Moshling egg and the captured moshlings? Or will Dr Strangelove take over Monstro City with the army of glumps he intends to create? I am not going to answer those questions. You need to go and see the Movie which opens on 20th December 2013 and if you have kids between the ages of 5 to 13 years old they are going to love it!
In the meantime, take a look at the trailer:
Disclaimer: Please note that we were given tickets to see the Moshi Monster Movie however all thoughts, words and opinions are our own and have not been influenced in any way.
With thanks to the wonderful people at Mind Candy, Universal and Feref Ltd for providing us with this great opportunity.
I am linking this post up with Magic Moments over at The Olivers Madhouse today.