Still somewhat aghast it took me this long to watch this, given that every kid I hung out with when I was younger, boy or girl, seemed to have this, Flubber, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. It was a pleasant affair, a bit hindered by dated effects and jokes (at one point, a gun salesman asks the hunter character, to whom he just sold a firearm, for clarification to assure he's not a postal worker to give you an idea).
Twenty years later Johnston's special effects extravaganza is still a weakly plotted kids flick that telegraphs its' 'Peter Pan' lite motifs in an obvious way. Interesting now as an early CGI curio being the first mainstream film after 'Jurassic Park' to embrace the budding technology. Effects may seem dated now but were quite astounding in '95. Amazing there was never a sequel to this one.
You think that mosquitos, monkeys, and lions are bad? That is just the beginning. I've seen things you've only seen in your nightmares. Things you can't even imagine. Things you can't even see. There are things that hunt you in the night. Then something screams.Then you hear them eating, and you hope to God that you're not dessert. Afraid?You don't even know what afraid is. You would not last five minutes without me.
Wish I had seen this as a kid, I'm a Robin Williams fan, and it would've gotten three stars for sentiment...as it is, in my thirties, the corncob jokes fall (mostly) flat, the (seeds) of CGI effects fail to inspire the least frisson of awe (with the exception of the maneating plant, that was pretty cool), and the plotholes and weak romantic subplot stick out like a sore toe...oh well, maybe my kids will dig it...