For and about lit­tle mon­sters

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM REVIEWS - TARA BRADY

MOLLY MON­STER Di­rected by Matthias Bruhn, Michael Ek­bladh, and Ted Sieger. Fea­tur­ing So­phie Roise, Ger­rit Schmidt- Fob, Judy Win­ter, Klaus-Di­eter Kleb­sch. Cert G, gen re­lease, 72mins Spring break, as US direc­tor Har­mony Korine has out­lined, may trans­late into may­hem and ski-masks for many. How­ever, for your av­er­age film critic, it means many age-inap- pro­pri­ate movies. Say hello to Molly Mon­ster, which is about a happy, play­ful rounded dragon-like crea­ture who sleeps un­der a ham­mock­shaped moon be­side her best friend Edi­son, a clock­work mouse. Or pos­si­bly cat.

Molly’s world – a strange air­less planet sim­i­lar to the kind found in The Clangers or Button Moon – is rocked, in the best pos­si­ble way, when her mon­ster mama lays an egg, a new ad­di­tion that will re­quire mama and papa to jour­ney to Egg Is­land, where mon­ster chil­dren are usu­ally not al­lowed.

The ex­cited Molly is not best pleased to learn she will have to stay at home and wait for her new brother or sis­ter with her buf­foon­ish un­cles, Al­fredo and San­ti­ago. But when she re­alises the baby’s knit­ted hat has been left be­hind, she sneaks off for Egg

Is­land with a re­luc­tant Edi­son by her side.

You wait for ages for an al­le­gory to ex­press how a young child feels about a new sib­ling then The Boss Baby and Molly Mon­ster ar­rive within a few weeks of each other.

Molly Mon­ster, a star of Ger­man pre-school tele­vi­sion, makes a wel­come tran­si­tion to the big screen un­der the watch of her cre­ator Ted Sieger. Tak­ing wacky vis­ual cues from Dr Seuss, Sieger, a Swiss il­lus­tra­tor and direc­tor, fash­ions a colour­ful, fun world that ex­plains where baby mon­sters come from for a de­mo­graphic who in all lik­li­hood are un­able to even ar­tic­u­late how a mammy mon­ster and daddy mon­ster might go about ac­quir­ing a baby.

Sweet and silly view­ing for the lit­tlest cinema pa­trons.

Colour­ful fun: Molly Mon­ster

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