Director: Paul King
Original Release: 2014
Choice: The Purple Penguin's
My Overall Rating: 3 stars out of 5
The film's animation is wonderful. An animated bear among live action humans is not exactly revolutionary in the post-Gollum world but there are other dazzling elements. A tree painted on the wall of the Browns' staircase changes with the seasons, both narrative and meteorological. A dollhouse in the attic opens to reveal the entire family home in miniature. On a toy train in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, we are witness to a formative moment from the proprietor's childhood. The music's great, too, much of it supplied by D Lime featuring Tobago Crusoe, a very well dressed Cuban street band.
I'm not a huge fan of the extra material but I enjoyed the movie anyway. I'd probably be up for a sequel, too, even though I'd still be hoping against hope for a closer reflection of the original work.