Man, was this movie adorable.
Everything about this movie was great: plot arch, animation, dialogue, score, voice acting…truly top notch. This is one of those kid movies that I will actually be excited to introduce to future kidlettes.
I was a little underwhelmed with the wrap up of the grandfather’s character, but it is a kid’s movie…so I understand why they went that direction. That was really my only complaint.
On a more “cultural” level, the loving/positive/understanding approach to mental illness, disability, and atypicality (depending on how you view the characters’ obstacles and personalities) was really refreshing. None of the characters were immobilized or useless because of their differences; they could still have adventures and talents unique to themselves and their situations.
Plus “I love you, monkey” is possibly the best line ever. : D