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|Genre:||Animation, Children's film, Adventure, Comedy|
|Production country:||USA 2015|
|Running time:||Approx. 94 min.|
Of all places, Earth is where the Boovs have chosen to hide from the cruel Gorgs. But since the Boovs are masters at running away, they have also perfected the occupation of alien planets. The original inhabitants are unceremoniously shipped off to small but neat housing estates, while the Boovs spread out over the rest of the planet. And so the somewhat clumsy Oh (voiced by Bastian Pastewka) is happy that he now has a new apartment in the big human city with lots of Boov neighbors. When he wants to invite them to a big welcome party, Oh unfortunately presses the wrong button and sends the message to the entire universe - and thus also to the Gorgs. Now that he's fallen out of favor with the other Boovs, Oh wants to hide out somewhere where there are no humans and no Boovs. But to get there, he needs help. He finds it in, of all people, Tip, a little girl who escaped involuntary relocation by the aliens and is now desperate to find her mother. Hoping Oh can help her, she joins his mission. Together, the two embark on a whirlwind adventure that will decide the fate of all humans and all Boovs...
The brightly colored animated adventure Home - A Spectacular Trip by Tim Johnson (Off Through the Hedge) has a cute hero and some truly original ideas to offer. Overall, the humor is designed to be very kid-friendly. However, there are definitely some slightly more cryptic gags that older viewers in particular will find deliciously amusing. The basic idea of the story, which is based on the book Happy Smekday or the Day I Had to Save the World by Adam Rex, is really successful, especially since the final confrontation with the Gorgs is a real surprise dramaturgically. But unfortunately, the film as a whole doesn't really live up to the good potential of the original.
Because the realization is just in contrast to the wealth of ideas that can be seen at the beginning, turned out arguably conventional. Not only is the family-friendly message sledgehammered into the audience in some scenes. Often the film also comes across as one long promotional vehicle for the new songs that Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez have sung for the soundtrack. As catchy as the songs by the two ladies, who also voice Tip and her mother in the original English version, may be, they are just too obtrusively integrated into the story. This is especially evident in a sequence where some earlier scenes are shown cut together again to one of the songs. Here the film finally gets a video clip character, which costs it much of its in rudiments recognizable charm.
Surely, young viewers will hardly be bothered by this. They'll be provided with enough material for an entertaining cinematic adventure. And Oh (who's actually named J.Lo in the book) is really huggable cute, too. When you learn at the beginning why he's called Oh, that's enough to make you take him to your heart. However, that does little to change the fact that Home - A Spectacular Trip has no long-term effect whatsoever. The movie is nice to look at and can be really entertaining especially in the last third. But there are hardly any moments that really stick in your memory. For that, the staging just seems too calculated and not affectionate enough. Nevertheless: for the short animation movie hunger in between the entertainment value is enough. For small and large Boovs, but also for people from 6, there is therefore also still a slightly hesitant, but ultimately convinced: worth seeing!
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