When Oh (voice of Jim Parsons), a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip (Rihanna) who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word home.
Review by Louise Keller:
Move, groove, enjoove... these are words that rhyme with Boov, the race of lovable purple aliens whose colour changes with their mood. So jump into an intergalactic bubble for this happy, snappy and imaginative 3D animation that will delight the whole family. Adapted from Adam Rex's novel in praise of family and friends, Antz director Tim Johnson's film is original and fresh, with an easy to understand narrative that finds its endearing protagonist Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) on a journey that takes him from zero to hero.
Oh's name is the first joke, his contemporaries sighing and eye-rolling whenever his name is mentioned; he is the well meaning, low-ranked Boov, known for his frequent misdemeanors. When the film begins (on the best day ever), everyone is moving to Earth (the best planet ever). I love the way all the humans (thought to be simple and backwards) are relocated so the Boovs can settle in - throwing out perceived useless items like toilets and bicycles. Oh's latest boo-boo is when he accidentally sends a party invitation to the entire galaxy, including the Boovs' deadly enemy, the Gorg, who now knows their exact location.
With Oh doing his best to keep one-step ahead of everyone, the heart of the film involves his relationship with Tip (Rihanna), a wide-eyed young girl with an unruly mop of curls, who has been separated from her mother. They embark on a madcap journey in Tip's little red car that Oh has 'fixed up' - it flies as well as spitting out popcorn and nachos. There's Oh, Tip and Tip's adorable, moggie fat cat, Pig whose amazing adventures we follow as they travel to Paris and Australia.
With its constantly inventive ideas and non-stop humour, the film is punctuated by lovely little touches. The jokes are simple but effective and the brilliantly coloured visuals are delightful. I laughed at Oh's funny English, Captain Smek's (Steve Martin) stress blankie (rolling on bubble wrap) and Pig's insistence on sitting on Oh's head, purring and clawing. The plot twist is nicely incorporated, reminding us that things are not always as they seem. I thoroughly enjoyed this colourful, life affirming, kooky adventure - it's a bit like taking a feel good pill.
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HOME 3D (PG)
VOICES: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Matt Jones
PRODUCER: Suzanne Buirgy, Mireille Soria
DIRECTOR: Tim Johnson
SCRIPT: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember (book by Adam Rex)
MUSIC: Lorne Balfe
PRODUCTION DESIGN: -
RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 19, 2015