It's a wild and vivid ride and a spirited reminder of the kinship between Jewish and Arab cultural traditions.
| Original Score: 4/5
"Ambitious" isn't the word here; "random" is more like it.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The film presents an often sharp commentary on dueling beliefs and idiocies that unfolds in lush pastel hues and distinctively retro drawings.
Though we wander a bit, the trip is a delight, thanks to the witty company.
While the scenes don't always fit together thematically or tonally, each one is its own polished gem.
| Original Score: A
An absorbing, nuanced, and vividly animated tale of adventure, ambivalent morality, colonial injustice, talking animals, and the vagaries of religious zeal and colonialism.
It is often colorful, witty and inspired, but also too episodic, and lacks a strong ending.
Despite the overstuffed storytelling, Sfar and co-director Antoine Delesvaux provide an incredible palette of visuals culled from the style Sfar originally created on paper.