Storywise, this one is strictly for the kiddies. And don’t be surprised if even they turn around to ask you what’s going on at times. It moves along nicely but won’t get any points for plausibility or even fantastical imagination.
If animated films were still a rarity then we might be able to pass this off as a little rough but amusing enough, but the fact is we’ve seen far too many better films to ignore Gaya’s flaws. It’s main claim to fame is that it is the first CGI animated film produced in Germany. Admirable - but hardly a good reason for sitting through the movie.
That said, it isn’t a total failure. Patrick Stewart and Emily Watson do bring a touch of class to proceedings, and now and again a sequence does work well enough.
But it would probably be best viewed on a Sunday morning on the floor in front of the telly with your 6 year-old. It’s got that Nickolodeon TV feel to it. Think The Smurfs versus Gargamel in a white coat with a CGI budget and violence factor set on “high”.
- Anton Marshall
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