The Ugly Duckling and Me

Movies, Family and kids
3 out of 5 stars
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Despite its blocky, computer-generated visuals being about two years behind the expertise of Pixar, this contemporary pan-European interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale is an enjoyable diversion for younger kids and not too unbearable for adults.

Ratso is a streetwise chancer of a rat whose theatre show struggles to impress the crowds. At first he thinks nothing of the egg he stumbles upon until it cracks open in his presence and its occupant – a mutant swan – takes a shine to him. Ugly’s rotund shape and deformed mug at first make Ratso wince, but he soon sees the potential profitability of displaying an Elephant Man-like ‘freak’. Matters go awry, however, when a former acquaintance of his – a floozy of a rodent with heavy-looking cohorts in tow – finally catches up with him.

There’s little originality here – some characters and scenes are reminiscent of Blue Sky’s ‘Ice Age’ films and there’s a surfeit of padding – but it’s agreeable enough for the half-term break.

By: Derek Adams

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Cast and crew

Director: Michael Hegner, Karsten Kiilerich
Screenwriter: Michael Hegner
Cast: Morgan C. Jones
Paul Tylack
Anna Olson
Gary Hetzler
Danna Davis