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In the face of overwhelming urbanization and recklessness, creatures struggle to preserve a remnant of the peace they once knew. Selfless acts of love plant the seeds of change that will ultimately prove the salvation of his world.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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"Even folks who know all about the prairie dog controversy will be enlightened by VARMINTS. From all appearances, the issue is far more complex than environmentalists vs. property owners, preservationists vs. developers; or rednecks vs. vegetarians and animal-rights activists. Viewers everywhere will ponder who, in the grand scheme of things, who the true varmints are." Westword Written by Anonymous

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urbanization | pollution | See All (2) »

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Animation | Short

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April 2009 (USA)  »

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Alimañas  »

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Skilled Animation but Scattered Story
24 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

It's clear the creators of this film put a lot of themselves into this work. It's a shame they didn't put more of a story in as well.

While the art style is unarguably beautiful, this film is a heavy-handed and ultimately unmoving sermon on the evils of industrial society. It's never explained how or why the "Varmint" creatures suddenly decide to erect the city, it's never explained why they ever decided to live there, or why they don't leave or change their routine when things go wrong. There is no clear reason for any part of this story to happen. A city appears because it -must- appear, the creatures fall ill because the directors need some sort of "evil" to threaten the main character... who then totally fails to act in any meaningful way. Every action only exists to underline the movie's blatantly obvious message, or display some decently rendered but still meaningless moment of artistic skill.

The most infuriatingly clichéd and trite moment is the random "love interest" who exists for no reason and has even less of a personality than the lead. Her presence changes nothing, prevents nothing, and accomplishes nothing.

A bland and hollow endeavor, lacking any true emotional connection.


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