Run time: 82 mins
Jules Verne’s seminal work receives yet another update, this time in the form of a cute animal centric adventure for kids.
Junior, a sensible, mild-mannered marmoset, dreams of travelling the world. By chance, he crosses paths with greedy frog Phileas, who accepts a wager to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. If Phileas succeeds, he will be rewarded with 10 million delicious clams. Passepartout doesn’t hesitate to join Phileas on his exhilarating escapade.
Guided by the wise old turtle Nerissa, Junior must learn to trust his instincts, and his newly formed friendships to navigate his way through the chills of the Atlantic, the ships of the Suez Canal and crocodiles in China.
Along the way he discovers New York, the Titanic, London, Paris and even the ruins of Atlantis. Exhausted and with only a few days left of his epic journey he must pass through the Panama Canal to make it home. It’s a breezy adaptation with bright, colourful characters and a giddy sense of joy. (Jack Whiting)