Moon Man

Moon Man

Stephan Schesch (2012)

91min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Based on the 1966 children's book by illustrious illustrator Tomi Ungerer, this gently entertaining fantasy goes against the grain of the the average Hollywood animated fare. The story of a bored Man in the Moon who catches a comet to Earth to find some excitement is depicted via old-school hand-drawn animation. (Those who prefer CGI extravaganzas by Pixar or DreamWorks should beware.) The little lunar man, who resembles an even paler version of Uncle Fester (from The Addams Family) only with the voice and innocence of ET the Extra-Terrestrial, quickly embraces the sensory wonder of the planet but soon falls foul of a megalomaniac Earth president and his desire to land on the Moon. There are obligatory messages for children about love, trust and friendship, however there are also some amusing sight gags (seemingly stuffed animals that turn out to be alive), beautifully rendered visuals and an eclectic music score (Louis Armstrong, Iron Butterfly). Sentimental it is not, just charming and quaintly unassuming.

Summary

A curious inhabitant of the moon hitches a ride on a shooting star and comes to Earth to explore the planet. However, this gentle new arrival outrages the ruler of the world, who is furious at the idea of something existing beyond his control. Animated adventure, with the voices of Katharina Thalbach and Ulrich Tukur. In German.

Cast & Crew

Moon Man Katharina Thalbach
Bunsen Pat Laffan
President Michael McElhatton
Father Paul McLoone
Daughter Taylor Mooney
Conquista Helen Norton
Narrator Tomi Ungerer
Director Stephan Schesch
Director Sarah Clara Weber
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Wildcard / PicturehouseAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 27 Dec 2013
Drama Children's