Danish animated movie
In Cinemas January 6th
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
Story about single Dad, John (Tom Hale) and his daughter Minna (Robyn Dempsey) and their loving, caring relationship. This turns pear-shaped when John’s fiancé Helene (Karen Ardiff) and her obnoxious daughter Jenny (Emma Jenkins) move into the house.
Jenny is used to always getting her own way and soon takes over Minna’s bed and moves to get Minna’s pet hamster evicted. Minna is devastated until she accidentally stumbles on the dreambuilder “factory” during one of her own dreams. During one of her dreams she comes across her father’s dream and accidentally changes it. Next morning she realises that her change has affected her Dad in real life.
Armed with this knowledge she decides to change Jenny’s dreams. Minna’s first task is to make Jenny like the hamster, and he is ecstatic to see it work. She then makes Jenny like Minna’s clothes and finally to try and make her like Minna herself. However, she hits a bit of a stumbling block when Jenny doesn’t wake from a dream with potentially dire results.
Usually, these animated films have a lot of subtle humour to keep adults entertained while getting a message through to kids. There was a distinct lack of humour and the story was more of an animated drama with an all-too-common theme in this day and age with conflict between step-siblings.