(2.5) From the first moments I was certain that I would love the movie with its wonderful watercolours and cute characters but as it progressed I got more and more tired with it. The story, albeit positive in its message, just plods along making you less and less interested in characters and their fates.
The art style is charming & pleasing to the eye; the setting is ridiculous- bears & mice & their obsessions with teeth. No matter how much I agree with the anti-prejudice message I admit that it is *awfully* heavy handed. The resolution is a bit too convenient. It's an ok movie, relaxing enough. But not a great story.
This was so incredibly soothing.... What a gorgeous animation, music and the voices of the characters fit like a glove to each of them!! An endearing story of finding friendship in the oddest places, with the most unexpected and against all odds and preconceptions.
Enchanting adaptation of the Gabrielle Vincent children's literature which offers a tale of friendship and overcoming racism in a novel and emotional way. Exceptionally well animated using a look of water colours this offers a maturation in style of its three directors who honour the source material and other inspirations. Voice casting is exceptional especially Lambert Wilson as Ernest. Wonderful film for all.
I can't decide which I love more: the watercolour animation style, the music, how good the voice actors were (French version), or how intelligent and warm this is? I laughed, was in awe, and cried. This is a gem everyone needs to watch at least once. “I am not your nightmare.”
Warm & comforting, this French film was the perfect remedy for a sick day. Even when you could guess how it'll turn out, it didn't matter because you enjoy the joyous creation of its world & cared about these 2 misfits. The directors credit Miyazaki as an influence and it shows. Their film is as warm as fireplace & as charming as any a Ghibli film.