I’m so excited to share this FLORA AND ULYSSES review!
If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that this past summer we raised a baby squirrel. It was quite the adventure but it also made me appreciate even more one of our favorite books: Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.
Don’t you love it when an amazing book goes to the screen and they don’t ruin it?? Me too – and that’s exactly what happened here. Not only did they not ruin it (thankfully!) but they made it even better than we could have imagined.
Truly, this film is packed full of ALL of the thing that make it great for kids and adults alike and trust me on this, you will crack yourself up when you get cracked up. My favorite part about this movie was hearing myself and my kids laugh out loud. SO fun.
Disney’s “Flora & Ulysses” is a comedy-adventure based on the Newbery Award-winning book about 10-year-old Flora, an avid comic book fan and a self-avowed cynic, whose parents have recently separated.
After rescuing a squirrel she names Ulysses, Flora is amazed to discover he possesses unique superhero powers which take them on an adventure of humorous complications that ultimately change Flora’s life–and her outlook–forever.
If you are looking for a family friendly comedy that will also melt your heart, this is it. This movie is literally laugh out loud funny and the relationship between Flora and Ulysses is so well done.
The Cast and Creators of Disney’s FLORA AND ULYSSES Movie
SUCH an amazing and well thought out cast that comes together perfectly for relationships and a storyline that flows so well due to the way these characters mesh.
The combination of personality and humor in this movie is really one of my favorite things – not to mention the physical comedy – so well done and so much of that has to do with the amazing casting for this film!
- Alyson Hannigan (“Phyllis Buckman”)
- Ben Schwartz (“George Buckman”)
- Matilda Lawler (“Flora Buckman”)
- Danny Pudi (“Miller”)
And of course, a lot of the success of this movie has to do with the creators.
- Lena Khan (Director)
- Kate DiCamillo (Author)
Even more exciting is that I had the awesome opportunity to sit down with the creators and cast of Disney’s FLORA & ULYSSES for what was an amazingly entertaining interview.
Author Kate DiCamillo
I think my favorite part of the interview was hearing how this story came to be. Author Kate DiCamillo had us totally cracking up over the real life squirrel incident that brought this story to life. I think it was so inspiring for my daughter, who attended the press event with me, to hear Kate speak about this funny incident that evolved into an award winning book that eventually became a Disney movie. (and make sure to watch the press junket interview videos to get the whole scoop, it’s truly hilarious!)
Director Lena Khan
Speaking of inspiring, I love that these two women came together to bring one of our favorite movies to the screen – a match made in heaven! Director Lena Khan shared with us that thanks to the crazy adventures and creative mind of Kate DiCamillo, the book provided them with much of the adventure that we get to see in the movie!
“…the blueprint for most of the stuff that happened is in the book, so we were kinda lucky there. Apparently, craz-crazy things like vacuum cleaners and everything end up in Kate’s home.” ~ Director Lena Khan
Matilda Lawler as Flora in FLORA AND ULYSSES
Again, this movie could not have been cast any better and Matilda Lawler was the perfect fit for this movie. I honestly feel like she was the girl I was imagining when we first read the book years ago.
As you’ll see in the interview video below, Matilda was so excited to hear that she’d gotten the part for this film:
It was-it was insane. I was in this show, this Broadway show, and I was actually, like, in the middle of the city, huge crowds everywhere, I got a phone call from Lena. And I hold it to my phone and, like, I can barely hear her, and I hear her say, “You wanna be in this movie?” And I’m like, “Yes!!!!!!”
She brings that same excitement to this movie, as you will see. Matilda Lawler as Flora Buckman is pure perfection!!
Our Disney FLORA AND ULYSSES Review
Now for our FLORA AND ULYSSES review!
If you’ve read the book then you know how much of a fun adventure this story is, but trust me – the film takes it to a new level with amazing physical comedy that I wasn’t expecting.
The already touching storyline comes to life with the perfectly cast characters and the movie flows so well. I was worried that it would be difficult for them to bring a squirrel to life but it is actually super realistic. The interaction between the characters and Ulysses will make this movie a hit with animal lovers everywhere!
In a year where I’ve especially felt a shortage of great family friendly movies, I’m happy to say that this one was a hit with our entire family, so a huge THANK YOU to Disney and Disney+ for making this happen. We hope to see more of Flora and Ulysses adventures in the future!!
AND Our Disney FLORA AND ULYSSES Review would not be complete without a mention of the press junket interviews, a must see for any fans of this wonderful movie!
I’m super excited to have the opportunity to share our movie review along with our press junket interview with you here:
The Official FLORA AND ULYSSES Movie Trailer
Make sure to watch the official FLORA AND ULYSSES movie trailer and then get ready because this movie hits Disney Plus on February 19th!!