French animated sci-fi Astro Kid (2019) has family-friendly Gallic charm to spare

It may come across as CBeebies does “No Man’s Sky” or, perhaps, Nick Jr’s “Avatar” but there’s actually a lot to enjoy in delightfully vibrant French animation “Astro Kid”. When their survey ship is destroyed while navigating an asteroid field, Willy finds himself separated from his parents and stranded on an uncharted planet with only…

In a season already overloaded with candy, #TrollsWorldTour (2020) offers a further opportunity to exceed your RDA of artificial colourings and synthetic sweetener.

The long-awaited follow-up to overachieving 2016 smash “Trolls” finally hits screens in controversial and reduced circumstances, becoming one of a handful of pioneer titles pushing the premium ‘home premiere’ format as cinemas around the world remain shuttered. So, more than ever, the question becomes is it worth the price of a ‘ticket’? As Queen Barb…

Spies In Disguise (2019) is a pleasant post-Christmas surprise

Tom Holland, for the second time this year, finds himself on an unexpected adventure in Venice in BlueSky’s amiable family-friendly animated action movie “Spies In Disguise”. Together with Will Smith, who seems to have rediscovered his 1990’s happy-go-lucky charm this year, the two of them take on the villainous Killian, voiced – of course –…

Abominable (2019) has fluffiness to spare, but not much else.

With impeccable timing, Dreamworks has released its Sinophilic family animation “Abominable” at a time when there’s surely no risk of controversy, right? The movie offers a familiar fable of plucky teenage independence, friendship and environmental issues with an edge as soft and fluffy as its title character. Its lightweight nature wouldn’t be so bad if…