Thursday, July 23, 2015

Movie Review: Little Nemo - Adventures in Slumberland

The Story: A boy named Nemo is troubled by vivid dreams, none of which are real. Then one night, messengers are sent by the king of Slumberland to bring Nemo to be a playmate to the princess of Slumberland. When Nemo arrives, his naive tolerance of a troublemaker ends up unleashing a living nightmare that only he has any hope of stopping.

My Thoughts: The most notable thing about this unusual movie is the animation. Spectacularly imaginative dream sequences and colorful fantasy scenes are brought vividly to life at a level of masterful artistry that few films have ever matched. I found it worth watching for that fact alone, and many fans of traditional animation may feel the same way.

Sadly, the rest of the movie doesn’t live up to the animation. Although the story is fine overall, it has a weak ending and gaping holes that are never explained. The holes can perhaps be attributed to the dream-like tone of the film, but even so, they lessen the impact of the story. Also, despite the film having many good messages, a troubling hint of moral ambiguity lingers at the end.

Content Overview: Mild crude humor. Some mild violence and scariness that is perhaps slightly more intense than usual for a G-rated movie.

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