The time is 2007, a simpler time period when movies about talking animals were still cool. I mean, one of the most profited movies the year before was Happy Feet, so naturally everyone wanted their piece of the talking animal cash grab. 2007 was an….. interesting year for animated films and to name a few, we had the infamous Bee Movie, Shrek the Third and Alvin and the Chipmunks in this year alone.
Everything about this movie was charming, the music and the background were absolutely gorgeous as I remembered from a long time ago. But I did forget how the human protagonist is the carbon copy of Michael Cera in every way possible. From the character design to the speech pattern and even the body language. Whenever he was on the screen I felt my body shivering from experiencing the uncanny valley just from this character. Even the romance in this film felt like any movie Michael Cera has been shoved into. I found the lack of personality of the protagonist quite understandable as he is just a plot device, a puppet rather than, y’know, a protagonist. He’s just Michael Cera. No one in the movie theatre in 2007 was there to see this man, they all wanted to see the talking rat.
6/10: This was the Laserdisc box art