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With this movie Chris and Tarik create a world in the best tradition of some of the European comic book scene. I was not suprised to see one of my favourite comic storytellers, Alexandro Jodorowsky, also listed in the credits. Its look and feel also reminded me of some classic pc fantasy adventure games, and it seems to have had plenty of influences from other sci-fi movies.
The rendered images have a beautiful painterly look, achieved with fantastic lighting, special effects and colouring. Somehow they have managed to get away from the crisp clean CGI look to create an organic looking world with a dark atmosphere. And its pretty amazing they achieved all this using only commercially available software. To go along-side the visuals is a great music score by Farid Russlan.
The movie is not your typical mainstream cartoon. It is a fantastical adventure, and they have really used the 3d medium to create their own unique style. It is an interesting story of differing and clashing cultures,environments, and the relationships between those cultures. But I think the writers could have taken the script a little bit further.
Interestingly in the end you see that there are no real goodies and baddies, just different species trying to survive. You also see a nice alternative for the origin of the human species, and the writers have left themselves room for a sequel.
So to sum up, it is a thoroughly enjoyable movie, and one that shows that a smaller studio can compete with the bigger US ones, and at the same time create a totally novel experience that is breathtaking to watch.
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