It may provoke a momentary pause of incredulity to accommodate the fact Paramount have passed on the international distribution of Alex Garland’s “Annihilation” yet they’re happy to push this movie out around the globe, but raiding all the lost snark aside, there’s at least some justification for their involvement given the sheer number of Indiana Jones homages we’re treated to.
Tad, back to his construction job after the events of “Tad: The Explorer”, is excited to receive an invitation to his would-be girlfriend’s latest archaeological exhibition. But when Sara is kidnapped by the villainous Jack Rackham, Tad must prove that he is the swashbuckling archaeologist he truly wants to be and race to recover King Midas’ necklace and save his beloved.
This animated Spanish sequel isn’t going to make a dent in the box office takings of the likes of “Coco” or even “Early Man” but it’s too goofily good-natured to dismiss entirely out of hand. While it doesn’t boast the recognisable name voices of the original’s international release, the cast do their best with the bluntly translated dialogue.
A mish-mash of “Tomb Raider” and “Indiana Jones” references, with a cheeky score that knowingly, frequently invoked John William’s work on “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”, it may not be complex or clever but it delivers in the area it counts for littler audiences: boundless slapstick fun and silliness. It’s definitely one to bear in mind when it hits the ‘Kids Club’ circuit and it kept the four-year-olds I saw it with thoroughly entertained and made enough of an impression that we ended up watching the first Tad Jones movie when we got home.
Lightweight, cheap and cheerful, “Tad The Lost Explorer And The Secret Of King Midas” is a serviceably entertaining adventure with bright visuals and a plethora of kid-friendly supporting characters including an over-enthusiastic dog, an eye-rolling parrot with a droll line in ‘Wile-E-Coyote’-inspired signage and a campily flamboyant Incan Mummy all helping to keep afloat a plot which makes more sense and inspires more wonder than anything “Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull” offered.