I hope this doesn't mean anything else to some than I intended it to mean. Just a bit of fun. And this is family fun - I'm a bit surprised I found it on Netflix, without knowing too much about it. Yes it isn't Pixar, but that doesn't make this less of a movie. This is more than decent and fun. So many strange and ridiculous ideas - I loved it.
And then you add the voice cast, which is also phenomenal ... again quite surprised this wasn't on my radar before. But never mind that, it probably wasn't on yours either. But now that it is, if you want to have a good time with some animated fun for the whole family - enjoy this weird little movie. With "magic", heroes and villains
Reviewed by Wizard-87 / 10
Longish and cluttered, but fun
I'm not sure why someone like me chose to sit down and watch this family movie - I'm not a child, and I'm also not a parent. Maybe I decided to watch it since it was for free on Netflix. Anyway, I am glad that I did give it a go, because the movie was often quite fun. The voice actors seem to be having a lot of fun in their roles, and that gives the movie a very amiable feeling. Contributing to that feeling is a message (not delivered too thickly) that family is very important. Indeed, the protagonists really seem to care deeply about each other. which is a nice change from the usual strident animated family entertainment we get today. While the animation isn't extremely exceptional, it's colorful, and often giving some amusing production design. There are also a number of amusing gags, as well as some fast-paced action that add some real energy.
While I did like this movie (and I am certainly recommending it),I think it could have been significantly better. With a running time of about 105 minutes, the story seems stretched out at times. Also, there are plot threads and characters that don't seem to be terribly important, and just end up making the story somewhat of a jumble at times. Though there are also some times when we don't get enough information, one example being a central character whose eventual fate is never really explained, and the "rules" of the animal cracker box don't seem to be firmly set.
I've heard that the production was troubled by studio interference, so that may explain why the story at times seems kind of messy. Because of this, I don't blame the directors or writers for these story problems. Anyway, the movie is still enjoyable whether you are a child or an adult, so I say give it a look.
Reviewed by John6Daniels4 / 10
Not bad. Weak start. Confusing with confusing development.
Its not bad peray
The story is...is alright. It could have been better.
Animation is splendid.
The Characters are ok. They could have done better at developing characters. I got confused at times determining who was who and the motive of the whole movie. The whole premise was not clear.
Its like they have 5 directions of where they can go but are driving around in circles burning gas.
Verdict: The movie looks and feels good. It just doesn't know what it wants to be.