Sunday, November 13, 2011

Stars - Elijah Wood
           Robin Williams
           Alecia Moore (P!nk)
Directed by:  George Miller
Summary: Mumble's son, Erik, is struggling to realize his talents in the Emperor Penguin world. Meanwhile, Mumble and his family and friends discover a new threat their home -- one that will take everyone working together to save them. (via imdb). 
I readily admit that I am not the target audience for this movie, as a 38 year old male, but that shouldn't count, because other animation studios do make their films to be appealing to kids and adults alike (thank you Pixar!). This one... does not. I was simultaneously bored and annoyed by the constant breaking into song, like some National Geographic version of Fame!, but not in an entertaining way. The songs seemed extraneous instead of cooperative. It seems as though the filmmakers purposely sat down and decided to list as many pop songs as possible and then wrote a movie around the list. It didn't work for me. I did like the messages in the movie about perseverance, individuality and teamwork, but that's the nicest thing I can say about it. 
The only other bright spots for me, as a comedic break, were the two krill played by Brad Pitt, as the one who wants more out of life than swarming) and Matt Damon, his reluctant tag along. But even their shtick got tedious after a while.
My rating, from an adult perspective, is a meager 3 out of 10. But, to be fair to the filmmakers, I've embedded my two sons' reactions below.

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