All three main characters have individual monologue scenes where they wear their emotions out on their sleeves. Their respective journeys showcase some surprising physical abilities from these three actors. A few of the individual scenes and an impromptu dance feel a bit out of place, but audiences have several opportunities to invest emotionally into the characters and plot. Alexandra’s boat driver also makes a great impression though filmmakers should have used subtitles for some of his dialogue.
Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin wrote and directed this wonderful fantasy adventure, which was filmed in Australia. This dynamic duo make extraordinary efforts to entertain the audience by going above the call of duty with their talented crew. For example, filmmakers use creative location shots spanning the whole globe with no text instead of the traditional transition with subtitles of the locations.
The appealing story animation enhances the film’s appeal while the tropical settings are realistic enough so the audience doesn’t feel like they’re on a movie set (though a couple of volcano scenes don’t quite make the grade). British film composer Patrick Doyle provides a great score and the special effects and creative animations enhance the visual appeal.
Filmmakers also use modern elements to connect characters together. Other woes usually associated with stress (9/11, airport security, plagarism, etc.) connect the characters even more while providing some great comic relief.
A successful extravaganza of escapism, based on the book of the same name from another collaborating couple, Wendy Orr and Kerry Millard. This 96 minute film comes highly recommended and is rated PG for mild adventure action and brief language. Watch the ending credits for a creative curtain call highlighting the funniest animal moments.