Review: ‘Mrs. Dinosaur’

A genuinely charming kidpic, strongly cast at both tyke and adult levels, "Mrs. Dinosaur" looks set for a sturdy life in markets and fests friendly to such fare, with some small-screen sales also indicated. Well-shot yarn of a young girl who lives in a semi-fantasy world, away from the tribulations of adulthood, has universal appeal.

A genuinely charming kidpic, strongly cast at both tyke and adult levels, “Mrs. Dinosaur” looks set for a sturdy life in markets and fests friendly to such fare, with some small-screen sales also indicated. Well-shot yarn of a young girl who lives in a semi-fantasy world, away from the tribulations of adulthood, has universal appeal.

Five-year-old, very self-possessed Nusha Chavdarova (Sofia Kamenarova) functions as both protag and commentator, intro-ing her father (Ivan Radoev), an unemployed actor, and her mother (Stefka Yanorova), a cosmetician, to the audience. One snowy day, Nusha meets Elizaveta (Maria Kavardzhikova), a former actress with a dog called Dino; the two become friends, with the girl dubbing the woman “Mrs. Dinosaur” and the latter helping Nusha’s dad get work. Brightly shot, with some effective 2-D and 3-D animation — helmer Anri Kulev started as a toonster — pic maintains its fanciful, semi-fairytale tone within modern settings without becoming over-cute. There’s virtually no plot –pic just follows the ups and downs of a single family — but a handful of musical numbers, sung on screen, add to the likable melange.

Mrs. Dinosaur

Bulgaria

Production

A Kulev Film Prod., Boyana Film, Bulgarian National Television production. (International sales: Kulev Film, Sofia, Bulgaria.) Produced, directed by Anri Kulev. Screeenplay, Rada Moskova.

Crew

Camera (color), Svetla Ganeva; music, Lyubomir Denev; art director, Anastas Yanakiev. Reviewed at Sofia Film Festival, Bulgaria, March 14, 2003. Running time: 79 MIN.

With

Sofia Kamenarova, Maria Kavardzhikova, Stefka Yanorova, Ivan Radoev, Lyuben Chatalov, Maya Novoselska, Madlen Zurbek.
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