"Magical storytelling. What childrens' movies are supposed to be."
I don't have children, but I wanted to borrow (steal?) other people's kids just to be able to show them this movie.I am a grown woman. I went to this show alone (because none of my friends wanted to see a kids' movie) in a matinee full of families. It was a wonderful experience.
This movie plays on two levels, like every good childrens movie does. It kept the children around me entralled with its great animation, simple themes, and fun scenes. It also has a much larger scope that many of the kids just didn't get. Isn't that what makes a movie great? Did you really "get" all the jokes in The Muppet Movie the first time you saw it? How 'bout Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Those are movies that play to kids and adults in a way that many childrens' movies have avoided lately to play to the Disney formula of heroine-meets-guy-and (insert insurmountable obstacle here)keeps them apart-and everything works out in the end-with the addition of a catchy score. (In all fairness to Disney, they do do some great work too, I really love The Lion King and Toy Story.)
I really hope that Warner Brothers gives this movie a hard push of publicity when they release it on video. It deserves a place on every family's video shelf and it's a shame that more families didn't take advantage of its entertainment value and lessons to be learned when it was on the big screen. We as a society complain about violence in films, and then ignore a movie that really conveys an anti-violence stance in a way that children understand.Don't forget about this one when you have your own family. Show it to your children (or future children in my case) with pride.