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Great fun for everyone that has a sense of humour.
With a relatively small budget for an animated film of only $60 million the people at Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios have done an incredible job.
They have combined state-of-the-art digital animation, the perfectly cast voice talents of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Dennis Leary (among many others) to create a highly entertaining, family film with a strong message about cooperation, friendship and caring for your fellow herd members. And how sometimes it takes many different creatures to make up a herd.
While watching this film I got a strong political message about getting along with the people that share your space -- maybe it should be required viewing for all world leaders!
David Newman -- yet another member of the Newman family of Hollywood composers -- provides a superb score that is not intrusive yet serves to move the action along and, at times, is positively toe tapping.
The overall look of the film is incredible; an intensely coloured, strangely believable fantasyland of snow, geysers, mud, rocks and ice. The individual characters were delightfully believable too, with the facial expressions of Ray Romano's Manfred' being a particular treat.
The entire sequence with the DoDos will leave no doubt as to where the expression `Dumb as a DoDo comes from.'
This is a good family film that keeps the things that could alarm or frighten children pretty much sanitized -- but real nonetheless.
It would be a great movie to see in the theater and to buy for home.
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