(2020) (voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Computer-Animated Fantasy/Adventure: Having used magic to bring back only the lower half of their late father, two elf brothers set off on a quest to retrieve the rest of him, but only have twenty-four hours to do so before he disappears forever.
In a fantastical world where magic once existed but has since been replaced by modern technological conveniences enjoyed by a variety of mythical beings, Ian Lightfoot (voice of TOM HOLLAND) is an elf who's just turned sixteen, but has yet to find his place in the grand scheme of things. Part of his wallflower nature stems from the fact that he never met his dad -- who died before he was born -- and thus only has a brief tape recording of him to use as a basis for made-up conversations. His slightly older brother, Barley (voice of CHRIS PRATT), isn't lacking in confidence, but isn't motivated outside of fantasy games and such.
Things change, however, when their mom, Laurel (voice of JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS) -- who's now dating centaur cop Colt Bronco (voice of MEL RODRIGUEZ) -- gives her boys a gift left for them by their dad now that they've reached a certain age. And it's a magic staff powered by a phoenix gem at the end. Barley can't get it work, but Ian does, hoping a certain magic spell will bring their father back to life. It does, sort of, but the spell is interrupted, resulting in just their dad's lower half -- hips down -- showing up.
Realizing they only have twenty-four hours before the spell stops working, the brothers set off on a quest to find the legendary half-lion, half-scorpion Manticore (voice of OCTAVIA SPENCER) -- who's now resigned to working under the name of Corey in a mythical themed family restaurant -- who might be able to tell them where to find another phoenix gem to bring back the rest of their father before time runs out.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- It's a Pixar movie, so they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For action/peril and some mild thematic elements.
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