(PG, 92 mins)

Cynon Valley - - SCREEN SHOTS -

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.

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