Although it’s September and time for school for most of us, the summer spirit is kept alive with Club Penguin’s newest television special: Monster Beach Party! It was created by the folks at Factory Create, the UK company specializing in films and cartoons. I turned on my TV, grabbed some snacks to chow down on, and relaxed as the special aired.
THE STORY: First, let me explain what the story is and I will try my best to do so without spoiling the fun and thrills. Okay, if you’ve seen the Merry Walrus special, you will have no trouble at all understanding the characters of the story. You know Jangrah, she plans every single thing in the future meticulously. In fact, you could say she’s the Penguin with the Plan. She and her friends, Roofhowse, Lorna, Blizzard, and Sydmull, and the rest of the penguin crowd have a enormous, summertastic party (all planned by Jangrah, of course) at a beach. Guest stars and famous penguins Rockhopper, Gary, Rookie, and Cadence show up too! Here’s a surprise: Herbert P. Bear and Klutzy (masterfully?) disguise themselves as penguins to ruin the party. The real disaster of the party is not caused by the annoyed polar bear however, it’s a Megalodon shark millions of years old that escaped from an iceberg unintentionally. For some time, all the penguins and that one polar bear and crab are tossed in a chaotic experience. They are marooned on an iceberg with a shark circling them, unknown of what’s next to come. How do they survive this disaster with perfectionist Jangrah’s help? Well, let’s just say something happens with the relationship between Jangrah and her clipboard with all her perfect plans. (Still a better love story than Twilight).
MY REVIEW: A massive amount of penguins at the beach plus one shark equals a story full of suspense. I’m glad I watched this special, I really enjoyed every minute of it. Each minute, more tension builds up as the situation with the shark worsens. The comedy has never lessened throughout the story though, even during the scary parts. A joke or pun would have often been said by a character, which at least gives the audience something to chuckle about and is memorable. The excitement and the comedy flows well with the plot and events. I like the overall theme of it too, but it remains to be unknown until the whole episode (particularly the ending) is seen. The people at Factory Create did a fantastic job making this Club Penguin adventure come to life on television. The special effects and the animation are wonderful. Now here comes the battle of the CP TV specials: Merry Walrus or Monster Beach Party? All are unique and awesome in their own way, so I don’t have a favorite, I like them both. Unlike the Merry Walrus special, Monster Beach Party currently isn’t available to purchase from iTunes. I hope that someday, it will be and maybe on Google Play too. I also hope that Disney and Factory Create continue with these Club Penguin television specials as long as the game is online and alive! (But hey, it’s looking well so far because a third special called “Halloween Panic” is known.)