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Re: “Fantasea

Apparently, I can't give a rating of zero stars, but I would if I could. Here's what's wrong with Fantasea, in a nutshell:

* The intro, projected onto a screen, is too long. It's also much more interesting and informative than the show itself.

* The intro states that animals do not do tricks; rather, they are trained to respond to cues that will lead them to perform behaviors they would do in nature. Isn't that a long way of saying "trick"? And what sea lion pulls a rope with the word "pull" on it in nature?

* There's a child actor planted in the audience to look like a volunteer chosen from among the paying guests. She is awful. Her mother is awful. The idea to put a plant in the audience, too, is awful.

* There is a hawk in the show for no apparent reason. For even less of a reason, there is a woman dressed as a hawk and she flies. The hawk? It doesn't fly.

* Not enough dolphin action.

* Crazy costumes.

* Insipid concept. There are weird fairies and people dressed like penguins. Oh, and there are three penguins that do nothing very interesting.

This is one of the worst shows I've ever seen, anywhere. DO NOT GO.

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Posted by karenka on 06/22/2010 at 12:02 AM

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