Tuesday 15 October 2019

Home - 'it's cutesy but parents aren't likely to find themselves drawn in'

Tanya Sweeney

Family/Comedy. Voices by Steve Martin, Rihanna, Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez Director: Tim Johnson. Cert: G

And so to this week's family classic-in-the-making from the award winning team behind How To Train Your Dragon. True to form, the giggles keep coming in this tale about an alien fugitive befriending an Earth girl.

As the alien race Boov, headed by Captain Smek (Steve Martin) touch down on Earth, they immediately come up against the feisty Tip (Rihanna), who has somehow managed to evade the roundup of humans. And so begins that most faithful of cartoon plotlines; an epic road trip with two unlikely friends.

Adapted from Adam Smek's much-loved book The True Meaning Of Smekday, Home is already being mooted as an animation set to sit alongside the kinetic likes of Despicable Me and Toy Story. There's no mistaking the cutesy factor.

A word of warning; many animations are clever but accessible enough to keep the whole family amused. With Home, however, parents aren't likely to find themselves drawn in.


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