This wonderfully entertaining animated feature film tells the classic Daniel Defoe story from the perspective of the animals on the island.
When Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked on a deserted island with his lovable dog Aynsley, all but one of the animals in the tropical paradise treat him with suspicion. The parrot, Mack, has long dreamed of a whole new world across the seas but his companions, including Kiki the little blue bird and Rosie the tapir, think he’s crazy, knowing full well there is nothing but the island.
While the arrival of Crusoe and Aynsley excites Mack’s curiousity, it terrifies the rest of the island’s animal population, particularly when the evil ship’s cat, May, also surivives with her companion and plots to kill everyone.
Written by Domonic Paris, Robinson Crusoe is a highly entertaining family film filled with comedy, adventure and cuteness. At the same time, it cleverly disguises issues of xenophobia, a fear of things that are different, and the eventual realisation that people are people, reglardless of their origins. Could it be more timely?
Directors Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen lead a lively, stellar voice cast that are as vibrant as the colours and scenery. Produced in Germany with a German cast, the English release shows no tell-tale signs of dubbing – no suprising given it’s an animated film with a primary cast of animals!
Robinson Crusoe is released in plenty of time for the upcoming school holidays and is one that the kids should enjoy multiple viewings of. Parents need not suffer however, because there’s plenty for all ages to enjoy just as much.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Rating out of 10: 8
Robinson Crusoe will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and for Digital Download from 23 November 2016