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QUIRKS: Animated post-apocalyptic fantasy. This would almost be a steampunk movie, but it seems to happen after the 1950s rather than in the 1850s. But there is still a definite, modernized steampunk feel to it, what with the way everything in the movie is a cobbled together, non-digital machine.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Mankind causes self to go extinct; remaining soul of last human mostly dies.

PEOPLE: Produced by Tim Burton.

Voice actors include Christopher Plummer as #1 (Charles Muntz in Up, General Chang in Star Trek 6, 12 Monkeys, Gandahar, Dreamscape National Treasure, Wolf), Martin Landau as #2 (Scorpion in the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon, Mission Impossible, Ed Wood), John C. Reilly as #5 (Step Brothers, Dr. Steve Brule from Tim And Eric Awesome Show Great Job, Walk Hard:The Dewey Cox Story, The Aviator), Crispin Glover as #6 (Grendel from Beowulf, The People Vs. Larry Flynt, Wild At Heart, Twister, Friday The 13th 4), Jennifer Connelly as #7 (Inkheart, Requiem For A Dream, A Beautiful Mind), Fred Tatasciore as #8 (Beowulf, Samuel L. Jackson in Team America:World Police, Hulk in Hulk Vs. Wolverine/Thor, goblin voices in The Spiderwick Chronicles, William Shatner in 8 eps of Robot Chicken, Family Guy, Beast in Wolverine & The X-Men), and Elijah Wood as #9 (Frodo from Lord Of The Rings, Sin City, The Faculty).

VISUALS: Incredible cgi animation. Incredible detail. A beautifully bleak post-apocalyptic world. Looks GREAT in HD! This is the 2nd animated film released by Focus Features, after Coraline.

MORALS: Sometimes it’s better for the greater good if you take bigger risks. Don’t be a coward. I’m talking to you, 1.

BAD STUFF: This movie is too short. Things fly by too fast. The great experience is over too soon. They could have spent more time developing the characters and the backstory. On the other hand, part of the fun was guessing what the backstory was… But the lack of depth caused by these flaws keeps this movie from realizing its true potential as a 5-star fantasy adventure movie.

CONCLUSION: A great animated fantasy adventure — but a bit rushed. They should have developed the story more and made it longer. This flaw kept it from being a 5-star movie.

Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10. It really deserves 5 stars, but it was simply over too fast!
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.

Parthena: Netflix: 4/5 stars. “I really liked it, I just think if they’d filled in a bit more detail it would have made my rating go up to 5. :) At the same time, maybe leaving a bit of mystery makes the movie more impactful/haunting?” I was wondering that myself. “In hindsight, the movie was a bit more depressing than I’d originally felt last night. Like…the reason I hadn’t been as sad when the [highlight for spoilers] dolls were absorbed by the machine is that I thought when the souls escaped, they’d re-animate the doll bodies and they’d continue to be basically immortal. What I didn’t expect was that the souls would simply leave the machine and just…ascend to Heaven, or wherever. So there’s only like 3-4 of the pieces of humanity left… Brutal!”

The native public rating for this movie is Netflix: 3.6/5 stars (3.7/5 stars for people who rate like me), IMDB: 7.1/10.

RECOMMENDATION: Animation and fantasy lovers must see this!

MOVIE QUOTE: #6: The source! The source! Go back… to the source.

COINCIDENCES: (Terminator 4:Salvation, 9) 2 movies in a week where the good guys wanted to destroy the bad-guy robot-factory, but were split into 2 factions: Those who wanted to blow it up, and those who wanted to go in and save those who were imprisoned.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Christian loved it.

Mood: gonna cap yo azz
Music: Pixies – River Euphrates