MIFFY THE MOVIE
Miffy (voice of Sandra Agababyan), Melanie (voice of Sophie London), Grunty (voice of Tutti Druyan) and Snuffy (voice of Reinder van der Naalt) are going on a treasure hunt in the zoo. They have to solve the five clues that Father (voice of Kelton Washington) and Mother Bunny (voice of Julia Lipman) have given them - one by one.
Review by Louise Keller:
Since Dutch artist Dick Bruna created Miffy the little white rabbit back in 1955, over 85 million copies of the book have been sold world wide, as well as having inspired two television series and merchandise. Sure to delight the very young (3-6 year olds), this first Miffy Movie is a sweet, colourful adventure set at the zoo - as Miffy and friends venture on a treasure hunt. The appeal of the characters comes from their simple shapes and primary colours created from graphic lines and displayed on bright backdrops. Embracing a theme of friendship, Miffy The Movie is charming entertainment with a delightful sense of innocence and features catchy tunes that will have youngsters and parents alike, humming along.
It's a beautiful day when Miffy, with tall, upright ears and a cross for a mouth, heads to the zoo with friends Melanie (a brown bunny in a red dress), Grunty (a red-faced piglet, wearing a yellow dress) and Snuffy (the friendly puppy dog with a waggly tail). "We're going on a treasure hunt, treasure hunt, treasure hunt; we're going on a treasure hunt, oh what fun," goes the song as the friends meet a bright green crocodile, a sleepy white polar bear, a curious giraffe, a hungry panda, a turtle, graceful swans, monkeys, camel, octopus and zebra along the way. They are searching for something yellow, stripy, noisy, fast and contains the number four.
The charm of the film comes from the execution and the straightforward way themes such as fear, being small, tired and being alone. There's a running gag involving Grunty, the littlest member of the group, who is mostly interested in having an ice-cream and is constantly struggling to keep up with the others. Accompanied by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the songs have simple melodies and lyrics, almost willing the audience to sing along.
You might be interested to know the origin of the name Miffy comes from the Dutch Nijntje, being the diminutive of the word konijntje for little rabbit. The inspiration for the character came when Bruna saw a rabbit hopping around their house while on holiday. This is the perfect first film for children - at 70 minutes it is not too long and attention spans are not tested. It's ultra sweet.
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MIFFY THE MOVIE (G)
Nijntje de film
VOICES: Sandra Agababyan, Tutti Druyan, Sophie London, Julia Lipman, Kelton Washington, Kenny Raskin, Reinder van der Naalt
PRODUCER: Anders Mastrup
DIRECTOR: Hans Perk
SCRIPT: James Still, Fine Trossel
MUSIC: Tom van Beers
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Niels Gronlikke (art direction)
RUNNING TIME: 70 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Transmission
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 11-15, 2013