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Moon Man – review

26 December 2013 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This German animation about a lunar visitor to Earth is a sweet and eccentric alternative to Hollywood children's fare

Der Mondmann, or Moon Man, is a quirky new children's animation from Germany, now redubbed into English, based on the 1967 picture book by the French illustrator Tomi Ungerer. The movie has an oddball charm and innocence; it is like a footnote to Spielberg's Et, and looks to me a little like Astrid Henning-Jensen's 1940s children's fantasy Palle Alone in the World, a movie featured in Mark Cousins's recent cine-essay A Story of Children and Film. The man in the moon makes a trip to Earth, which is governed by a preposterous megalomaniac "President", who is himself obsessed with conquering the moon, and bullies a reclusive scientist into inventing a "rocket" to help him to get up there. Weirdly, despite its lack of progress with space-travel technology, this alternative-reality Earth »

- Peter Bradshaw

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