Movie Review #9368 MOSELY.
Joint NZ/China CGI production despite the latter consistently being in the naughty corner for various impingements of freedoms.
Pleasantly surprising is this tale of thoriphants, mythical creatures vaguely resembling small elephants held in slavery and hanging onto legends of others, free and walking upright rather than on fours as they do.
One such family head, the title character, gets to break out of the conundrum and embark upon a journey which sees him encounter further mythical cuzzies, dastardly pursuers and a transforming power that carries definite Christian overtones. Of course, alls well that ends well and this is first and foremost a children’s story yet carries enough CSLewis-esque vibrations to keep the grownups interested and entertained.
CGI is great and the human characters suitably goofy with voice overs from a variety of kiwi actors and actresses including Lucy Lawless, Rhys Darby and good ole mainstay Tem Morrison.
It all unfolds as engaging albeit not completely original but certainly not as predictable as some. Nice surprise, 8/10.
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