The man in the moon visits Earth in this gentle animated parable based on the children’s picture book by Tomi Ungerer. The simple, colorful artwork in Teuton helmer Stephan Schesch’s feature debut remains true to Ungerer’s drawings, but the narrative has been expanded a tad beyond the patience of wee ones, and lacks enough satirical bite to make it a cult film for adults. “Moon Man” will land at numerous festivals, but seems unlikely to duplicate the theatrical success of Ungerer adaptation “Three Robbers,” which Schesch produced.
Bored all alone in the sky, the Moon Man (voiced by Katharina Thalbach) hitches a ride to Earth on a passing comet. But his arrival is regarded as an attack from outer-space by the Earth’s arrogant president. Meanwhile, the world’s children are unable to sleep without seeing the Moon Man in the night sky, leading him to seek help from a kindly scientist who lives in a castle by the sea full of charming Rube Goldberg-like devices. Sly music track boasts well-chosen moon tunes. Pic is available in German- and French-dialogue versions.