The Oddsock­eaters

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AT LAST! THE mys­tery of the miss­ing socks is solved to the re­lief of all.

The cul­prits are the oddsock­eaters, small fluffy crea­tures who snaf­fle the hosiery from un­der hu­man noses, re­main­ing in­vis­i­ble to all but ec­cen­tric odd­balls. They only take sin­gle socks, never a pair. And, on the prin­ci­ple that you are what you eat, it’s no sur­prise that they look rather like socks them­selves.

Adapted from the se­ries of pop­u­lar chil­dren’s books by writer Pavel Šrut and il­lus­tra­tor Galina Mik­línová (also the di­rec­tor here), this win­some Czech an­i­mated film has mis­chievous fun with its con­ceit, al­though the plot, which fol­lows or­phaned hero Hugo, who finds him­self caught be­tween two ri­val gangs of oddsock­eaters, could do with a lit­tle more elas­tic snap, and the dub­bing is a tad thread­bare.

Even so, the movie re­mains cute and charm­ing over­all. 2016, PG, 83min

THE ODDSOCK­EATERS COULD AL­WAYS BE RE­LIEDUPON TO TOE THE LINE

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