I am on the fence about this film...
The obvious plus is the fine voice cast; John Hurt, Michael Gambon and
Michael York. Alas, they have very little to work with. Do forgive me,
it has been months since I saw this, but I do remember Monkey's Tale
wasn't a very good film. Kids may like it, but adults will find plenty
to criticise here. The biggest minus is the songs, I agree with one of
the comments that they are awful,(the sort of thing you'll hear in
pre-school) and they come out of nowhere as well. The animation wasn't
very good either, it was flat, and there were some scenes where it felt
rushed. However, I did like the story. It was a really nice idea, about
Kom falling into another world, becoming smitten with a servant, and
discovering a plot to overthrow the king. Unfortunately, the voice
actors, who are all immensely talented, and the main reason why this
isn't a complete disaster, didn't have desperately much to work with.
There were times, when it wanted to get somewhere, but never did. I
genuinely hate criticising movies, but this movie, while far from the
worst movie ever, was very weak in the music, animation and scripting
departments. 5/10 in respect to the voice actors. Bethany Cox.
G rating undeserved
Unfortunately, I saw the G rating and watched the movie with my family
under the illusion that the rating made it safe. This movie is a train
wreck that could not be saved by some fine voice talent.
I frankly cannot understand how this film scored a G rating. There were
two times "damn" was used, way too many "shut ups" "jerks" and "idiots"
to count, several deaths by drowning, a sinister plot to slowly poison
a princess, and cartoon breasts of young female monkeys.
Here are some more reasons why *not* to watch this movie: The songs
were awful. There is haphazard quoting of Shakespeare by monkeys. There
is a transparent attempt to paint religion as superstition. The
animation is bottom notch. There is a sappy love story between
Take my advice, if you feel the need to forget the pain of a root
canal, by all means, watch this movie..