Review: ‘Little Big Mouse’

Third entry in "Circleen" series (after "Circleen -- City Mice," "Circleen -- Mice and Romance") from long-serving Danish animation helmer Jannik Hastrup, "Little Big Mouse" reps a sweetly old-fashioned 2-D toon that gently preaches respect for other cultures; that girls are as capable as boys; and that lying isn't nice. Cast of mostly mice characters is drawn in bright, picture-book style, which will appeal to tots, as will pic's copious fart jokes and mouse-sized running time. If dubbed, little movie could do biggish biz on ancillary serving the 2 to 6 age group, but won't cut the cheese theatrically.

Third entry in “Circleen” series (after “Circleen — City Mice,” “Circleen — Mice and Romance”) from long-serving Danish animation helmer Jannik Hastrup, “Little Big Mouse” reps a sweetly old-fashioned 2-D toon that gently preaches respect for other cultures; that girls are as capable as boys; and that lying isn’t nice. Cast of mostly mice characters is drawn in bright, picture-book style, which will appeal to tots, as will pic’s copious fart jokes and mouse-sized running time. If dubbed, little movie could do biggish biz on ancillary serving the 2 to 6 age group, but won’t cut the cheese theatrically.

Titular character Circleen, a tiny girl born “Out of the Inkwell”-style from a drawing board in pic’s opening minutes, hooks up with her Danish rodent friends as well as a Turkish immigrant mouse Hassan. Fancying a vacation in Turkey, they stow away aboard a ship manned by curmudgeonly, flatulent Grandpa. Meanwhile, in Istanbul, Hassan’s cousin Yasmin argues with her family, runs away, and disguises herself as a boy. Much mischief ensues when the two parties finally meet, leading to a semi-exciting climax involving cat. Animation is limited to simple movements, but palette’s watercolor-look appeals.

Little Big Mouse

Denmark

Production

A Dansk Tegnefilm 2 ApS production, in association with the Danish Film Institute, DR TV Danish Broadcasting Corp., SF Film. (International sales: Nordisk, Copenhagen.) Produced by Marie Bro. Directed by Jannik Hastrup. Screenplay, Hastrup, Kit Goetz. (Color); music, Soren Siegumfeldt, Hans-Henrik Ley; animation, Asta Sigurdardottir, Anna Gellert Abelin, Alice Rasmussen, Anders Nejsum Madsen, Louise Muchardt; backgrounds, Helle Harbou. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Kinderfilmfest), Feb. 20, 2005. Running time: 77 MIN.

With

Tillie Emilie Bech, Jesper Klein, Bodil Udsen, Kristoffer Schmidt, Alberte Skronski.
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