• Guy Jeffries

Robinson Crusoe *SPOILER ALERT* Review


Directors: Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen.

Voiced by: Matthias Schweighöfer, Kaya Yanar, Ilka Bessin, Dieter Hallervorden, Aylin Tezel.

An animated feature that isn't Dreamworks or Pixar Disney? Instead an independent animation studios based in Brussels by the name of nWave Pictures. Having a small portfolio but boasting the first 3D animation feature Fly Me To The Moon in 2008 and a fairly successful House of Magic (2013) I'm impressed by their ambition.

I have to remind myself that it's a cartoon movie and the target audience would be children as it's based loosely on Daniel Dafoe's pioneering novel, which is much darker involving cannibalism and murder. It's probably more on an ideas of Crusoe as oppose to a movie about the book.

It's very vibrant and the animation is great, crewed by voice actor regulars but unknowns. I do wonder if a bigger voice would have promoted this film more; I'm not saying the acting was bad because it isn't. I suppose the budget wouldn't allow the team to do so. It unfortunately doesn't bring the same level of entertainment or laughs that the big guns like Disney and Dreamworks do, however it doesn't feel rushed and is structured quite nicely; I just doubt there is enough going on to keep the attention of viewers, especially the younger ones.

The characters are good but again just falls short of feeling anything towards any of them. I couldn't pick a favourite character and some actually start to be annoyingly cliched more than anything. Even with a character's death, it just hits the deck.

It's a good effort and easy to watch, but there's little else to note about it. But keep up the good work nWave! There's some serious hidden treasure there and this isn't a complete shipwreck.

Running Time: 6

The Cast: 4

Performance: 8

Direction: 6

Story: 6

Script: 5

Creativity: 5

Soundtrack: 6

Job Description: 5

The Extra Bonus Point: 0

51% 5/10

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