Friday, May 2, 2014

Ornament Review: Crush and Squirt - Disney/Pixar Legends #3 - 2013 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Perfectly captures this great father/son relationship
Cons: Would be nice to see more of Squirt's face.
The Bottom Line:
Swimming in current
Fun between father and son
Enjoy on your tree

Crush and Squirt Enjoy a Father and Son Moment

I've really been enjoying Hallmark's Disney/Pixar Legends ornament series since it gives us a chance to get some characters we don't normally see from them.  While we do already have a Hallmark ornament of Crush, the third in the series gives us a new pairing by mixing in Squirt.  That's why Crush and Squirt is such a joy.

Crush and Squirt are the two turtles we meet in the movie Finding Nemo.  They give Marlin a picture of a healthy father/son relationship.  And their relationship is captured perfectly in this ornament.

The ornament just features the two turtles.  Crush makes up the majority of the ornament, so it is nice and red, meaning it stands out well in your Christmas tree.  His head is turned so that he is looking at his right fin.  Squirt is resting on his right fin, and it looks like the two are deep in the middle of a conversation.  Both are smiling and obviously enjoying their time together.

If I had one complaint, is that Squirt's face is turned so much away from us that we really can't see it.  You have to turn the ornament pretty far around to see his face, and in doing so, you make it so we can't see Crush.  However, this is a small complaint overall since I do like the idea of these two just enjoying spending the time together, which is what is obviously happening.  Plus, it would be hard for us to see his face while he's also turning to look at his father, which is the entire point of this ornament.

If you are careful, you can set this ornament out to be displayed.  Crush rests on his two front flippers and a back flipper.  However, this pose is very precarious, and any little bump will cause Crush to fall forward and rest on his face instead.

Besides, this ornament looks so great when you hang it.  The loop is on Crush's back.  At first, he appears to tip to one side when you hang the ornament, rising Squirt up a little in the process.  The end result, however, makes them look like they are swimming through the EAC (East Australian Current, of course), which just adds to the fun and charm of the ornament.

And yes, this does have a 3 in a Christmas tree on it, denoting it's place in the series.  Not surprising, the symbol is on the flip side of the ornament, otherwise known as Crush's stomach.

Crush and Squirt were great minor characters in Finding Nemo, and it's great to see them and their relationship get the honor it deserves in this Hallmark ornament.  Any fan of the movie will want to track this one down.

And if you love Disney and Pixar, you'll want to check out the rest of the Disney/Pixar Legends series.

Original Price: $17.95

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