Rating : 4/10
Release Date : May, 2013
Time : 101 minutes
Director : Chris Wedge; Writers : Chris Wedge, James Hart, William Joyce (based on his book ‘The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs’); Music : Danny Elfman
Starring : (Voices of) : Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis
An animated feature with great visuals but nothing new story wise, just a rehash of age-old themes…and missing the sparkling humour that makes most such films such a magnet on tv re-runs
It’s a love story set amongst yet another battle between good (Leaf Men and their queen, who’re responsible for keeping forests green) and evil (Boggans, who cause things to rot, putrefy). Amanda, visiting her Dad’s place, is sucked into this miniature world, which he has always believed existed and is drawn right into the thick of the battle as things heat up and young Josh, a rookie Leaf Man, supervised by the veteran Colin, has to figure out whether he is up for it…
The film misses a spark of any kind, which is perhaps a good thing, seeing that its set in a forest…makes for a rather dull, lifeless viewing experience despite the great animation, effects as the story treads on familiar paths with nothing to make it stand out. Apart from the tagline.