Home Is Not Where the Heart Is: Dreamworks’s Adaptation Fails Its Source Material

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Listen, they’re cute, but…

Earlier this year, Dreamworks remade the book The True Meaning of Smekday into a movie called Home, which racked up a lot of money. However, in adapting the book, they ended up changing almost everything that was awesome about the book—so much so that I reviewed the book and the movie as two completely different stories. Now that the DVD of the movie is finally out, I thought it was about time that I compared the book and the movie, to further illustrate where the movie adaptation went wrong. The movie destroyed the book’s protagonist, theme, and diversity, leaving us with just a bunch of dancing squishy aliens. Spoilers for both book and movie after the jump.

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Five Reasons You Should Read The True Meaning of Smekday

the true meaning of smekdayBack in July I wrote a Trailer Tuesdays on Home, an adaptation of a children’s book called The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. After doing some research, I found out that the book was intended to be a satire of colonialism, and I thought to myself, “Luce, you should so read this book.”

So I did. And guess what? You should too. I have five very compelling reasons, as well as some slight spoilers, for you after the jump.

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Trailer Tuesdays: Home

I saw this trailer as one of the many trailers shown before How to Train Your Dragon 2, and was immediately hooked. An adorable Black protagonist, multicolored squishy aliens, and a cat named Pig??? Sign me up. And yes, I’m well aware of my propensity for kids’ films, but this one looks like it’ll be more than worth it.

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