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Posted on 10/29/10 08:20 AM
I saw a bunch of merchandise for this movie in a ton of stores, so I wanted to rent it. It's a german movie, but they dubbed an English version through Warner brothers. I never remember seeing anything about this movie in America. I was curious how it would compare to American or Japanese cartoons. First of all the animation style based on the original illustrations from the kids book series of the same name was delightful. It was really enjoyable to watch. It's storyline was oddly constructed, it's more 3 stories blended into one. The 1st story is about how Lars, the little polar bear wants to be friends with a seal, and everyone except this old wize Walrus discourages him. After awhile they decide it's ok. Then story 2, Lars falls asleep on an iceberg and during the night it detaches from the main iceberg and goes out to sea. He floats all night, and when he wakes up he's miles from home. He ends up on some tropical island like in Madagascar. There he befriends a hippo, that teaches him to swim. After frolicking around for a day he becomes homesick, so the hippo finds some other friends to take him back. First a bird carries him to the ocean. And I asked Wim, who was falling asleep by this point, "Do you really think any bird could carry a bear?" Wim mumbles from under 2 blankets, "Well you are seeing it there, so it must be true." This amused me greatly, because he said it all serious. This giant bird takes him to a whale, who takes him all the way back to his home. And he tells his friends and family how it was beautiful there, but he was glad to be home. I assumed it would end here, but then it went on to story number 3, where some black ship was taking all the fish, and everyone was starving. Now Lars has to somehow defeat this too. I thought overcoming prejustice, waking up half a world away and fighting this ship was a lot to do for one polar bear, but he came out just fine.
Some of the side characters were annoying and useless. They had a woody woodpecker style Penguin, that grating on my soul and some depressing lemmings that did nothing but try to kill themselves. Anyway it was cute, but no Monsters Inc or Wallace & Gromit. It's made more for younger kids.