Over the Moon ★★½

This is the type of film where, for me, the songs get in the way. And there are an enormous amount of them in here.

Over the Moon has a big heart and that's where its strength lies. It's a tender, at points heartwarming, story that takes a while to get going, but when it does there is a lot to like.

I was especially pleasantly surprised by the quality of the animations, particularly in the sequences on the moon. They are really vibrant and off-beat enough for this film to be its own thing.

For the better part that is, because it leans (perhaps too) heavily on the formula these films apparently need to follow. You know you're in trouble when you're waiting for the Olav-esque sidekick and he actually shows up at the exact moment you'd expect him to.

My kids had a good time with it and that's what's most important here, of course. I would have liked to have seen a bit more individuality, especially because it's clearly there.

And fewer songs. Please.