(2019) (voices of Jeremy Renner, Heidi Klum) (PG)
- The following is an unedited version of our final review that may contain spelling, grammatical, and/or factual errors. This film was not screened in advance for reviewers.
- QUICK TAKE:
- Computer-Animated Comedy: An arctic fox enlists the help of his friends to stop a villainous walrus from unleashing ancient gases that will melt the Arctic and turn him into the ruler of the world.
- In the small arctic town of Taigaville, the only connection the talking animals who live there have with the outside world is through the mail and package delivery done by Duke (voice of MICHAEL MADSEN) and his fellow "top dog" sled-pullers. And for that, they're considered heroes of sorts, especially to arctic fox Swifty (voice of JEREMY RENNER) who idolizes Duke and one day wants to join their ranks.
Until then, he works alongside PB the polar bear (voice of ALEC BALDWIN) and Lemmy the albatross (voice of JAMES FRANCO) in the sorting room for Magda (voice of ANJELICA HUSTON), the stern Russian caribou who runs the operation. When not longing for that job, Swifty has a thing for red fox Jade (voice of HEIDI KLUM), the engineer there, but can't get up the courage to tell her how he really feels about her.
But he'll do anything for her, including delivering a package far, far away to Otto Von Walrus (voice of JOHN CLEESE), an engineer who's created a huge robotic crab-like contraption in which he rides to get around more easily. Little does Swifty or Jade know that he's using her creations to help build an enormous drill he plans to use to release ancient gas from deep inside Earth, all to melt all of the arctic snow. And with the help of his puffin henchmen, he's getting close to doing just that.
After being abducted by otters Leopold (voice of OMAR SY) and Bertha (voice of HEIDI KLUM), Swifty eventually figures out the plan and gets his friends to join him to help stop Otto before it's too late.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- It's a computer-animated film featuring talking animals, so kids who are drawn to those sorts of movies might be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For some mild action and rude humor.
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