THE SON OF BIGFOOT
(PG, 92 mins)
A BULLIED teenager’s tragic past is exposed as a lie in this computer-animated romp, which hangs a traditional rites-of-passage story on the existence of a creature from American folklore.
Each moral-heavy interlude is accompanied by a pop rock soundtrack courtesy of Belgian band Puggy, which is either infectious or irritating depending on your musical proclivities.
The quality of the animation is solid and a couple of chase sequences neatly alternate between first and third-person perspectives to give a sense of inertia.
The script by Bob Barlen and Cal Brunker is skewed towards younger audiences, with fleeting and random pop culture references like a roadside poster that references the Breaking Bad TV spin-off Better Call Saul.
Character development is two-dimensional and the film’s bouffant arch-villain isn’t remotely threatening, which dilutes dramatic tension in the explosive closing frames.