Life in Solby is nice and peaceful until one day Mitcho and Sebastian find a message in a bottle by the harbour. The bottle is from the missing mayor of Solby with a message that he is on a...
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Life in Solby is nice and peaceful until one day Mitcho and Sebastian find a message in a bottle by the harbour. The bottle is from the missing mayor of Solby with a message that he is on a mysterious island and has made a great discovery. Now they must embark on a perilous journey to help save the mayor and bring him home, and in the process they uncover something that will bring great pleasure to the city of Solby - a giant pear.
Watching the trailer I had high hopes for this animation. The general story line is intriguing. The local mayor in the idyllic town Solby has gone missing. Soon hereafter the cat and elephant protagonists stumble upon a message in a bottle containing a message from said mayor revealing that is he stuck on some remote island. The bottle also contains a small gift in the shape of a giant pear seed. Throw in a mad scientist, and voila we have a pretty cool concept that revolves around the trio going on an adventure to a mysterious island in a giant pear boat.
Good start, however the movie quickly falls apart. It suffers greatly from poor writing. The trio doesn't ever really face any real threats or obstacles. The movie lacks a depth and a common thread. All the events appears to have been randomly thrown together. It makes the overall story line feel void and tiresome.
There seems to be a lot of unnecessary swearing in this movie. Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with swearing, but it feels really mismatched with this movie's universe. What is the point and purpose of all the naughty words? To make toddler's laugh? I don't get it.
The artwork is good, the animations however are rather lackluster.
The voice-over work is incredibly weak, probably the biggest weak-point of this movie altogether. I haven't witnessed such a poor attempt at voice-work in a animation before. I don't entirely blame the voice actors, since their circumstances are pretty terrible (bad writing, stiff-y animations), but I still feel like they either didn't care or simply weren't very talented. Even the great actor, Søren Pilmark, felt unfocused and unsharp. No passion, merely a crash grab presented in a nice package. The illusion is shattered within 10 minutes of this movie.
This animation is currently sitting at a whopping 7.1 average. This is way overshot and I can only rationalize the high average as being a symptom of the low amount of user reviews.
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