Animated movie from Germany
In Cinemas now
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
The famous, hard-working Elfkins of Cologne finally return! Since they were ousted by a malevolent tailor’s wife more than 200 years ago, they have been hiding underground. But lively Elfie can’t stand this restricted life any longer and climbs to the surface to find her true calling. Everything she does in her Elf community turns to disaster and she seems to be almost outcast. Her only true friend decides to join her, and when her nemesis tries to stop them he unwittingly has to accompany them when he can’t get back to the safety of the underground Elfkin community.
When they get to the “human’s world” everything seems like a huge adventure with new perils to experience – dodging cars, evading dogs, etc. The trio stumble across grumpy pastry chef Theo whose bakery has been closed for years – forced out of business by his tyrant brother on the opposite side of the road. Elfie tries to convince Theo to teach her how to bake but he refuses. However, when his brother threatens to take over his shop within a week unless Theo repays his debts, the Elfkins succeed in getting him to bake his prize-winning cakes again.
Elfie takes the initiative and develops a real production line to help the struggling, downcast Theo and with so many hurdles all seems lost. There are many exciting developments to keep viewers amused and entertained throughout this delightful movie.
Produced by the makers of My Little Pony the target audience in for 6 to 11 year-olds. Take the kids along – they will love it and there is enough to keep adults amused and entertained as well.
Children’s Jury Prize for Best Animated Feature
FACETS Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF)