Mona lives in a ruined castle by the sea. She is a princess but lives a life of misery, mistreated by an odious pair of rats. But one day an adorable little unicorn appears and declares that she is there to assure her happiness.
Mona lives in a ruined castle by the sea. She is a princess but lives a life of misery, mistreated by an odious pair of rats. But one day an adorable little unicorn U appears and declares that she is there to help her through life and to assure her happiness. The two become inseparable. One day U brings home a charming and funny Lizard, Lazare. Scandalized by this intrusion to their home, the rats demand the newcomer leaves. In the surrounding woods they meet Lazare's family, the Wewes, a family of musicians living in a tree. Here life couldn't be more different than in the castle, full of pleasure, music and merrymaking. Mona discovers two new things: the wonder of music and a blossoming attraction to the young guitarist Kulka. However U suddenly becomes aware of a worrying dilemma. What will happen to her if Mona finds the happiness which is the sole reason for her existence...?
How good it is to wake up and remember that animation does not mean Hollywood only. In the last years, we had Japanese Ghibli studios (soon under Disney's control apparently?!), Sylvain Chomet's Belleville triplettes and MICHEL OSLO (loved Azur & Asmar !!). I'm now discovering U by GRÉGOIRE SOLOTAREFF & SERGE ELISSALDE and falling in love with U. What a wonderful story ! After a couple of minutes you are not looking at a film anymore, you feel part of this colorful family, listening to their welcoming, friendly and warm-hearted chat. Little story, no showing-off but what a major film at the end. You can look find a lot of different things in this movie but even if you are just waiting for a bit of entertainment you will love it too. I know that you are probably struggling to keep a different animation style alive (this water-color is so vivid and full of life) and I wanted to thank you for keep trying. I'm not saying Pixar or Dreamworks are crap, but just that need something else too to keep being filled with wonder. Cheers guys !
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