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The Cheetah Girls - One World (Extended Music Edition) - family and children's DVD / musical DVD / television series DVD review
Rated G by the MPAA curledupdvd.com rating: 3 1/2 stars
Actors: Adrienne Bailon, Sabrina Bryan, Kiely Williams, Michael Steger, Kunal Sharma, Roshan Seth
Director: Paul Hoen   Distributor: Walt Disney Video
DVD release: 16 December 2008   Runtime: 88 min. (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD features: Audio tracks (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, Spanish), Subtitles (English for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish), Exclusive Music Sequence ("Feels Like Love"), Cheetah Spots (movie w/ facts and pop-up trivia), Cheetah Girls Bloopers, Three Music Videos, Bollywood-style Glitter Tattoos

The Cheetah Girls have had a long running series on The Disney Channel, and two previous movies have done very well. The Cheetah Girls: One World has some definite pros and cons, but the biggest thing working against it is that the fourth (and most talented, in my opinion) member of the group, Raven-Symoné, is conspicuously absent from this feature. It's explained that she's "away at college," but I think that when members start to leave the flock, it's time to retire the franchise and move on.

The general story goes like this: Girl group The Cheetah Girls is made up of Dorinda (Sabrina Bryan), Aqua (Kiely Williams) and Chanel (Adrienne Bailon). The pop singers are having trouble getting a recording deal, but this all changes when they receive a call from a director who wants them to star in his film. The girls are surprised when they discover that they are going to be traveling to India for the film, and that it's a Bollywood production. They roll with the punches and decide that it will probably be fun. The trouble is, the director only wants one of them for his movie. This pits Cheetah against Cheetah, all vying for the coveted role. When all is said and done, the Cheetah Girls learn a lot about friendship and also find a bit of love along the way.

The Cheetah Girls: One World is a sweet movie, but it's not very memorable. The songs are also cute, but none are particularly show-stopping. The filming location in India is what really elevates this beyond your typical Disney Channel movie. Kids who aren't able to travel to India can live vicariously through the characters' travels.

The extended music edition portion of this DVD means that there are sing-a-long versions of the songs for the budding karaoke artist. Some music videos are included, as well.

Overall, this isn't a thrilling feature for adults, but my eight-year-old daughter loves it and has watched it numerous times already. So for its intended audience, it's a keeper.
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reviewed by Melissa Parcel
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