The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T Reviews
As with The Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter, our young hero is rewarded for surviving the peculiar adventure with a return to a comforting, conservative world. The most daring dangerous things about the movie seem to be referencing the Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers serials:
- handy, all-seeing view screens
- dark, dirty dungeons
- angular, leering villains
- and a propensity for locking people in cages
This is NOT a movie for children, and not because of any sort of sex/violence/drug/blah blah blah. It would either scare kids or bore them silly, especially those who are used to anime and Toy Story. I think the audience that walked out at the first showing expected Disney. If you see it, take it on its own terms; the kid's life outside of fantasy is fairly boring, and the fantasy world is intense; think "If I ran the Circus" or "Happy Birthday to You."
It is one of those that should be included in any collectors library.