Genre: CG Animation
Director: Guillaume Ivernel and Arthur Qwak
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Rob Paulsen, Nick
Jameson, Jess Harnell, Mary Mouser, Dave Wittenberg
RunTime: 1 hr 20 mins
Released By: GV
Official Website: http://www.dragonhunters-themovie.com
Opening Day: 6 November 2008
Zoe is a little girl who believes in fairy tales. In order
to help her uncle Lord Arnold get rid
of a terrible dragon,she decides she has to find some heroes
like the ones she reads in
her books. But instead, she meets Gwizdo and Lian-Chu, two
dragon hunters whose sole
ambition in life is to buy a quiet little farm and hang ten...
But so what? The little girl thinks they are the heroes of
her dreams, and cunning little
Gwizdo, all fired up by Lord Arnold’s gold, is certainly
not going to tell her the truth.
Zoe is determined to follow her heroes in their adventure.
From here on, there is no turning
back. And to Gwizdo’s great dismay, they begin a perilous
journey to the end of the world,
where, still asleep, but not for long, lies the most terrifying
dragon ever to have ever
stalked the face of the earth: the infamous « World
For Zoe, it’s a dream coming true. For Gwizdo, a nightmare
that can only end in disaster.
Yet neither the little girl, nor Gwizdo have any idea that
Lian-Chu and the World Gobbler,
have met before. And they have a score to settle….
Say animation and you think of the big Hollywood folks like
Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks. So when anybody else who isn’t
part of the big honchos comes along with an animated movie,
people would dismiss it as second rate. But we at movieXclusive.com
are objective enough to sit through movies of all genres,
from all countries to tell you what the world really is like
out there. And we are happy to report that this French production
is a delightful watch, and contains some great messages which
kids and adults can relate to.
on a cartoon series, this feature film follows two dragon
hunters (not the most original movie title, we’d say)
who rove a fantastical world where dragons threaten to destroy
every bit of beauty and happiness that exists. The problem
is, these two aren’t your typical knights in shining
armors. They are small time travelers accompanied by an adorable
blue dog, hoping to earn enough money to stay in a farm and
rear sheep. Along comes a pesky girl whose uncle promises
lots of gold coins. The four unlikely friends then set off
on an adventure to find The World Gobbler (another uncreative
name for a baddie) and make the world a better place.
you probably wouldn’t get too excited by reading the
short synopsis. You can already imagine scenes of the irritating
girl who talks non stop and annoys the hell out of everyone.
You can picture the gentle giant who believes that he can
hunt down the dragon and save the day. You can also imagine
how the brains of the dragon hunting duo will be spouting
wisecracks that will make viewers laugh. Yes, these “been
there done that” aspects are all there in the movie.
the animated feature has a unique look that will leave you
gaping in wonder and amazement. The futuristic and medieval
world can only be visualized by animation. And the visionary
filmmakers have created a conglomerate of islands of varying
sizes and shapes. These floating masses of land are accompanied
by out of this world menacing monsters which are conveniently
known as dragons. This is real eye candy – you have
to see this world to believe how far the human imagination
there are the character designs. Check out the sword wielding
and muscle bound protagonist Lian Chu (we love the Chinese
reference) who has a humongous body balanced by two skinny
legs. Be amused by how his childhood friend Gwizdo wears a
silly pilot cap and goggles to look serious despite being
the joke of the duo. And their blue pet dog Hector looks like
a hyper active carnivorous rabbit which never fails to make
viewers chuckle in glee. The young girl Zoe has two ridiculous
looking ponytails which give the heroine of the movie a unique
look. These distinctive character designs are intricately
done and would please animation fans because they would be
something they haven’t done before.
produced in French, this English version stars the voices
of Forest Whitaker (Street Kings, Vantage Point) as Lian Chu,
Rob Paulsen (Happily N’ever After) as Hector and Mary
Mouser (Son of the Mask) as Zoe. The flavour of the adventure
is retained in this English version, and we can guarantee
you an enjoyably enchanting 80 minutes in the theatre.
(The animated movie will bring you on a dragon hunting adventure
you can only imagine)
Review by John Li