On the distant planet Axis, Kaena, a rebellious, high-spirited teenage girl, will defy the High Priest and her people's ancestral beliefs to take a perilous journey and discover what dark secrets lie beyond the clouds.
Cesar is a young schoolboy living in Paris with his family. Their life is ordinary, but Cesar wants more excitement (which he creates, in one instance, by claiming to his teachers that his ... See full summary »
Maria de Medeiros,
Axis, a gigantic coiling plant, stretches high above the clouds. At its center, is a village whose people are in mortal danger, because Axis is withering, it's sap is drying up. The people beg their gods for help, but to no avail. Compelled by a mysterious force, Kaena, a rebellious, high-spirited teenage girl, will defy the High Priest and her people's ancestral beliefs, to take the perilous journey through the Axis and discover what dark secrets lie beyond the clouds. A dying world, an evil force, a terrible secret.Written by
The worlds of Astria and Tallis could not exist in reality, because they are far too close together. Although Opaz calls Tallis the "twin" of Astria, it's clearly smaller. This means it would lie inside the Roche limit of Astria, and the tidal forces exerted by the gravitational force of the larger planet would literally tear it apart. So in reality, the equatorial band of Astria would be covered in gigantic craters and the planet would be surrounded by a debris ring a bit like Saturn. And there would be no Tallis. See more »
And if something were to happen to you, all our race would be extinguished forever: as Queen; you must protect your future...
Queen of the Selenites:
I know what you want Voxem; I know you are the last male and you crave fusion with me!
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This movie reminded me, more than anything else, of "Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within." I think that critics of movies like these sometimes criticize them for being A: animated, and B: science fiction. That's sort of like criticizing "Terminator" or "Lord of the Rings" because, as one reviewer wrote: "that could never happen." Well, yeah. I mean, isn't that the point, to create something that can only exist in the imagination? I have a hard time seeing the relevance of comparing "Kaena" even to other animated features like "Toy Story" or "Ice Age." SciFi is a genre unto itself and needs to be judged on its own terms. "Kaena" is a fully-realized fantasy. It has a comprehensive story, background and setting. The voice-over narration (English) is particularly good, especially Kirsten Dunst in the title role. The only real criticism I have is that the quality of the animation is uneven, ranging between mid-90's video game at one extreme and almost breathtaking at the other. The choice of a very muted color palate for most of the scenes doesn't quite make up in atmosphere for what it loses in vibrancy and realism. Overall, I give "Kaena" an 8 based on the strength of its story and characters.
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