I did not expect overly much from this movie when I first heard about it, but Helge Schneider's voice acting and Walter Moers' unique way of storytelling convinced me to watch it. On the surface, it is simply an animated feature for kids, but much of the humour and the action is clearly aimed on an adult audience and will probably go right over kids heads. Nevertheless, the somewhat simplified setting with Käptn Blaubär, his three grandchildren and Hein Blöd, his first mate and only crew member on the one side and the both sinister and ridiculous insane scientist-artist-genius Professor Doctor Feinfinger with his countless evil super gadgets and monstrous allies is appealing and is similar to all too well known superhero and Bond settings. But Moers adds his own special twist and the whole affair is completely ridiculous and very funny. The voice acting of all the characters, especially all-round entertaining genius Helge Schneider who also contributed some of the music, is superb and makes the movie even more fun to watch. Some scenes are known to scare the wits out of small children, chiefly when the Sea Shadows attack Blaubärs elderly sailing ship.
Summary: suitable for kids and adults alike, but adults with a strong inner child will get the most out of it. 9/10.
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