Moon Man (G, general release, 95 minutes) Director: Stephen Schesch, Sarah Clara Weber. Stars: Pat Laffan, Michael McElhatton, Paul McClune. HHHII
This charming animated feature from Cartoon Saloon, the people who brought us The Secret of Kells, is based on a typically subversive children's book by iconoclastic author Tomi Ungerer. When the Man in the Moon grows tired of kicking his heels in orbit, he hitches a ride on a passing comet and finds his way to Earth. He's just getting his bearings when he falls foul of a monomaniacal dictator, who's conquered the entire planet and now has designs on the moon.
Moon Man's animation has a spacey, dream-like quality that suits its subject perfectly, and Mr Ungerer's sly humour is very much in evidence.