||Marx Haimes, Chris Butler, Shannon Tindle
||The voices of Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey
|Source of story
||An original screenplay
||In ancient Japan a boy with some magical powers goes on a quest for his father’s armour and a legendary sword, guided by a monkey, and an origami samurai and accompanied by a warrior beetle. They are assailed by dark forces who turn out to be his mother’s supernatural sisters and finally by the wizard who is his grandfather.
||Some very ingenious story telling, much use of magic to charm the audience, and to give the dark forces impetus. A whole lot of set pieces during which we can wonder at the depths and detail of the presentations.
||This film got a very good score on IMDB, but did children do the scoring, that is, if it was a children’s film. Although the animation is fantastic, the story meandered about and the dialogue is weak and I just did not go for the American accents. But the scenes of the child telling stories which are animated by origami monsters is absolutely fantastic.