Bangor Mail - - The Film Review -


BUZZING with charm and hu­mour, this won­der­fully in­ven­tive and en­gag­ing an­i­ma­tion is a fun-packed fam­ily treat com­bin­ing ac­tion, ro­mance and a strong eco theme.

A stand­alone com­pan­ion to 2013’s award-win­ning ad­ven­ture Mi­nus­cule: Val­ley of the Lost Ants, this uses the same tech­nique of seam­lessly mix­ing real-life lo­ca­tions and peo­ple with an­i­mated in­sects.

When a pair of la­dy­birds in­ad­ver­tently un­dergo a per­ilous trip from their French Alpine home to the Caribbean, a spider and an ant team up to res­cue them.

Storms, sharks and Venus fly­traps are among the dan­gers, but rather than be­ing scary, the mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment gives the ac­tion the feel of a 1930s’ cliffhange­r se­rial.

The crea­tures com­mu­ni­cate with ap­peal­ing whis­tles and rasp­ber­ries, and the ab­sence of di­a­logue adds to the feel­ing of old-fash­ioned fun. The em­pha­sis on the need for co­op­er­a­tion across cul­tural borders of­fers a timely mes­sage too.

The an­i­ma­tion is a fun-packed fam­ily treat

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