Capture the Flag

Film, Animation
2 out of 5 stars
Capture the Flag

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

Three generations of astronauts are bound for the moon in this not-as-good-as-Pixar kids' cartoon

This Spanish-produced, English-dubbed, Florida-set cartoon works hard to recapture the fizzy thrills of action-centric Pixar flicks like ‘The Incredibles’. But it’s let down by ropey plotting and forgettable characters. Mike is a precocious kid from a family of astronauts: Grandpa trained for a Nasa moon mission only to be held back at the last minute, while Dad is still angling for his shot. So when dastardly, Trump-ish oil tycoon Richard Carson manages to persuade America that the moon landings never happened – and that he intends to be the first man to actually set foot on the lunar surface – these three generations must band together to foil his evil scheme.

There are times when ‘Capture the Flag’ is almost silly enough to be fun: Carson is a juicy villain, though his similarity to preening, self-obsessed Syndrome in ‘The Incredibles’ is striking. But the young leads feel tediously overfamiliar (optimistic hero, plucky girl, useless fat sidekick) and the animation is nothing to get excited about. Still, it’ll most likely keep the smaller kids diverted while parents capture a few zzzs.

Details

Release details

Release date:
Friday January 29 2016
Duration:
94 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Enrique Gato
Screenwriter:
Patxi Amezcua
Cast:
Dani Rovira
Michelle Jenner
Carme Calvell