I had to watch this as to write a review for Journalism Club's upcoming spring issue. A unique, funny, and action-packed CGI animated fantasy adventure fun for all ages. Those snails just crack me up. :D
To be brutally honest: We've seen these characters before & in better films. It had a breakneck pace that barely stops and a story that blends Avatar, Fern Gully, and various blockbusters with varying results. Though the voice performances are solid and the slugs steal the show the film misses the spark that Pixar would've given the film (though the sequences with the vacuum cleaner shows promise).
Beautiful computer imagery and some memorable excellent realized moments don't help the fact that I feel like I have seen this universe numerous times before. The story about the teenager trying to fit into the world and don't get help from a uninterested father is old and the magic item and the forest figures are all characters that I have seen before.
made me bored, the theme, premise, story, even animation style were something done better in a lot of other movie. But I don't know, perhaps it would worked pretty well for kids that never seen that much stories.
Will Hollywood ever stop portraying nature to be so helpless that it needs an advanced civilization to protect it? Will it ever stop portraying rulers as the element without which the whole world will fall?
saw it with my daughter a few days ago and i liked the child friendly humor very much. one could compare epic in relation to bazin with matrix in relation to baudrillard. a lot of talk about what we can and can't see without a camera, alot of machines enhancing our viewing and our fotographic memory, everything a tad steampunkish, but then, again, an animation film, which makes everything more complicated.