Mary Poppins Returns
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Kids might enjoy eco-friendly, Madagascar-like tale.
A slightly preachy but entertaining tale for younger viewers on the perils of global warming and the foolishness of human kind.
What dooms the film to ordinariness are the animals themselves, so lacking in memorable characteristics that parents will most likely spend the 90 minutes guessing which celebrity voice artists have been busy earning themselves a nice Christmas bonus.
Probably great if you're three, but quite an endurance test if you're not.
It looks very nice, even if the clunky dialogue and disjointed plot would never have been allowed through by Pixar.
If you kitted Al Gore out in a furry animal costume and put him on a soapbox you'd have a rough idea of the environmental message trumpeted in this harmless kids' fare.
Dismal, frequently dull, badly written European animation that squanders its talented cast (and James Corden), fails to include any decent jokes and mangles its central eco-friendly message.
German animation film, with pretty decent graphics but a rather preachy story. It doesn't exactly help that the humor is somewhat infantile and the timing totally off. If this film proves one thing then what a terrific job most US-productions make in expanding their target audience to older kids and even young adults. Children may have fun with this but there is nothing redeeming here for an older audience.
Animals United is a German animated film directed by Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe and I have to say that I am not sure if this is just some kind of propaganda movie or something kids can enjoy because the story had elements of both - propaganda films and kids films!
Story about a meerkat called Billy (James Cordon) and a lion called Socrates (Stephen Fry) in the African Okavango Delta who go on a quest to discover why their river has unexpectedly dried up seems interesting for younger children, but the director and the screenplay writers expect that those children will know about UN HQ in New York where all animals arrive by the help of humpback whales... farfetched, don't you think? For that amazingly bad story you can blame Oliver Huzly and Reinhard Kloos and the typically bad chicken dance (favourite German party music) soundtrack was composed by David Newman.
I know that most young children will enjoy the motley crew of animals searching for a new home after their habitats have been destroyed by fire, oil spills and or other man-made disasters... but even kids would not accept impossible way of all of them meeting together - in a middle of an ocean in a bath tub!
Just save yourself few bucks and an hour and half of wasted time!
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