Saturday, June 14, 2014

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants (2013) France | Belgium

The adventures of the fellows of the Sugar Cubes.

Animation (3D), Adventure, War.

Original title:
Minuscule: La Vallée des Fourmis Perdues (French)

     I am the big fan of the television short-video series 'Minuscule'. I watched all of them like a kid when it was aired in my country on Nickelodeon. Along with me everyone in my family loved it and each of us like different characters. So we all expected this movie from the very beginning when they announced the project. The wait is over, I saw it a couple of days ago and I totally loved  it.

     It was the best choice of characters for the movie over plenty of tiny creatures are desperate to debut on the silver screen. They chose ants and ladybugs and their adventures filled with lots of humour. This was the story of a young ladybug who got separated from his parents. He meets a pack of black ants who are on a hunt for food, then they team up and help each other to face the challenge that coming in their way to home. Especially red ants who are on the trail to snatch their finds. This running and chasing between two small groups of creature becomes a crucial war between those races.

     If you are familiar with this tv series, then you will clearly understand the characters and their behaviour. Not much deviated, they kept as much the original except stretched it to a full length feature from the short-videos. The story was largely inspired from 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. Each section of the storytelling reminds us different episode of that movie. First, it begins with 'The Fellows of the Sugar Cubes', then 'The Two Towers' and ends with 'The Return of the Queen'. All the way it was so much fun like we had for the tv series.

     No need to worry for the first time watcher, especially who are unfamiliar with these little characters. It was more like another version that you had seen in the Hollywood animations like 'Antz', 'A Bug Life' 'Bee Movie' et cetera. The best part of all of it was this movie was dialogueless. No speaking, no names and no hard-coded subs. It only features amusing sounds created by the bugs and the wonderful background scores. It's a universal theme and presentation without any language barriers.

     A specially made movie for children with fine story. In company of them adults as well can enjoy it equally. One of the best animation movie, in fact the best children's movie of the year. Hope this title continues with many sequels in which each of the installments should brief different bug's or insect's tales. A must show to the kids and must see by the animation movie fans. Have this and have a great time.

Similar movies:
Antz, The Ant Bully, A Bug's Life, Bee Movie, James and the Giant Peach.

Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All

Final verdict:
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