An innovative form of animation is at the heart of Director Richard Williams' 10 year project. This is the first wide screen animated feature since Sleeping Beauty. There is much to admire but not enough to enjoy.
The wide screen and unusual styling of the animation are interesting and more like artwork than animation. All the characters except Princess Yum Yum (voice of Jennifer Beals) are designed to look more like their personality rather than humans. The Princess looks very human and has a great figure, she even has a bathtub scene. The thief (voice of Jonathan Winters) is cloaked in a dark robe and he slithers along like a slug with a head. Ziggzog (voice of the late Vincent Price) has large green teeth, exaggerated twisted feet, and evil mustache and long boney fingers. Tack the Cobbler (voice of Matthew Broderick) is thin and frail but he has an innocent courage which is reflected in his wide eyes.
There is much that is clever in the dialogue but that is aimed more at adults than kids. The work has beauty and imagination and creativity but Disney's Aladdin stole its thunder two years ago. It also lacks the joy of the recent animation hits.
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