Another animated movie about a (young person/young animal/cute being that is not human) looking for (his/her) (missing/gone/dead) (mother/father/other role model) with the help of (cute animals/friends/enemies/siblings) and (learning a lesson/bonding with companions/forgiving parent) by the end.
And having just explained the whole formula for every doggone Pixar movie ever made…this one was pretty damn awesome.
It’s a world that is pretty much like ours but with magic added. Ian is a teenaged elf who lives in a normal suburban house with his mother and brother, and on his birthday gets a magical staff that will allow him one more day with his father. OF course the spell goes awry, and he and his older brother spend the whole movie trying to make it work before it expires.
But this one (unlike many others, and I’m looking at you, Wall-E) has a heart. The characters really make you care about them (well, this geeky D&D loving otter did) and the story is touching and funny and made me cheer for the teens. I loved the brothers, the kickass mom, and all the amusing characters and plot twists.
See it for yourself, you’ll be glad you did.