Animation, 96 Minutes, 2013
This is the latest installment of DreamWorks Animation’s unofficial series of things that would rather be other things. Like the other installments, this movie is just full of life lessons!
Perhaps the most important is, “Don’t be afraid to dream!” A very close second is, “If you actually want to live your dreams then there’s no way you can just be yourself. You suck. You’ll need, like, superpowers or something. Maybe you should try ingesting random chemicals or getting pulled through magical machinery because otherwise your dreams just aren’t going to happen. You’ll die lonely and unfulfilled.”
There’s also a useful bit about how all your heroes are likely megalomaniacal douche-bags.
DreamsWorks is apparently hard at work creating even more feature films in the series. You can expect to see “Stumped?” which will feature a large, knotted sycamore stump that, through struggles and perseverance, earns his PHD from Harvard and “Control Group!” about a misfit band of guinea pigs that finally fulfills their dream of inflicting devastating injuries on others to replicate previously published results.