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By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fantasy adventure has stereotypes, cartoon violence.

Movie PG 2022 85 minutes
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As an example of cutting edge digital animation, this German fantasy adventure is top tier. Moonbound boasts some incredible visual moments, real TV showroom stuff that would show off and sell the brightest and best models. Visually, there's no shortage of awe inspiring cosmic invention as the adventure kicks off into space, with dairy lands and giant bears. Which is why it's so miserable to see zero invention when it comes to the characters. Rather than use the flair it has in abundance in its world building, it instead slavishly copies Pixar with cookie-cutter mannerisms and overactive eyes.

With such visual flair and a flurry of fantasy inventions, it's a shame there are so few hooks to hold the viewer's attention. A couple of laughs are welcome along the way and the ending is gently uplifting. But for most of the runtime, there's little to engage with or care about. On top of that, the lame stereotypes and standard dead dad dealt to its central characters feel as tired as its character design. There's no denying Moonbound is visually spectacular. But as far as the story goes, there's little that's not been done before, and better.

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