The film-makers behind this chirpy household animation have clearly determined that what have been missing within the hero division of Greek mythology are cute furry creatures. The star of their historic Greece-set journey is a courageous little mouse referred to as Pattie, who occurs to dwell in the identical seaside city as Jason, that mighty human of Argonauts fame. Nowadays, Jason is a doddery previous duffer so, when Poseidon, god of the ocean, steals the golden fleece and threatens mayhem and destruction, it’s plucky pipsqueak Pattie to the rescue.
There’s nothing to complain about within the animation right here from French studio TAT Productions: the cobbled streets and crystal-clear waves of the Aegean sea are attractive, like Mamma Mia! for youths. And there’s a cracking motion sequence close to the beginning involving an elite squad of extremely skilled ninja rats pulling off a raid on a fruit and veg market. However the plot – like so many films aimed toward younger children – is unnecessarily fiddly, with particulars that can sail over the heads of most five-year-olds.
Nonetheless, the pacing is speedy sufficient, zipping alongside as Pattie and her gang tackle assorted villains from Greek mythology – although it is perhaps too scary for very younger ones. Their closing vacation spot is an island inhabited by one-eyed monsters. The movie’s finest characters are the gods, portrayed as vapid celebrities, Botoxed and gym-buffed, goggling down at Earth from the clouds. However they’re restricted to supporting roles, and largely what we’re left with are generic four-legged cuddly heroes – and the drearily predictable message that bravery can are available in pint-sized packages, too.
Practically all the pieces about Epic Tails feels a bit underwhelming, and restricted imagination-wise. The cinema I used to be in was virtually full with under-sevens and their grownups; it was was silent however for munching, not one scene had them guffawing of their booster seats.