Voices of Mickey Rooney, Rene Auberjonois, Gabriel Damon, Laura Mooney, Bernard Erhard
(7-Very Good Film)
Wondrous. Imaginative. Attractive.
A dark children’s fantasy adapted from Winsor McCay’s extraordinary comic strip, Little Nemo follows its titular hero, a precocious young boy with sleeping problems, who finds himself transported to the kingdom of Slumberland. He’s meant to replace King Morpheus on the throne, but, after falling in with the mischievous Flip (Rooney), Nemo’s carelessness puts the whole kingdom in jeopardy. Beautiful animation and dubiously joyful music add a sense of wonder and menace to this lucid adventure. If you’re a fan of animation or Windsor McCay’s art Little Nemo offers plenty to marvel at, even if it is a little simple story-wise.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-