Movie Review-Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom

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Review-If you were a fan of light-horror animated films like Frankenweenie, Monster House and in that ilk, you should have a blast with this film. I have to say, I am a fan of the passion and imagination this film has. The adventure being told in this film is both impressive and yet does not lower itself to relate to one certain age group. I will admit, when you think of kid-friendly or even family friendly, this is the last author you would relate that towards. That being said, Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom embraces that. This is a computer animated PG rated film that is from the novel of the same name. The story tackles the younger Howard at 7 years old in 1987. This was long before we got his works, Howard lives with his mom, and they visit his father Winfield who is a mental hospital under the care of a certain Dr. West. Winfield ends up telling Howard to destroy the Necronomicon. After this encounter with dad, mom is worried and gives Howard, his dad’s old journal. Upon reading a piece of it, Howard opens up a portal that brings him to R’lyeh.

This is a place that is told to us as equal parts happy and equal parts nightmare. Howard immediately meets a Cthulhu creature. Although initially frightened, Howard soon befriends the squid/dragon beast and names him Spot. Along on this journey, Howard also meets several other creatures that range from good to evil. While the animation is not Disney, it is effective for what it offers. This story is easy to follow and also easy to become intoxicated with. The voice over work was very good, and you can tell everyone was on board with this vision. Goosebumps movie and this film, could make a fun family double feature. I feel parents will have enough in this film to really enjoy, and little kids will get enough fun moments that they will want to delve further into horror. All and all, I feel this could be a great little introduction to younger kids to a genre that they could fall in love with. For parents, this does not insult your intelligence or make you look lesser for liking it. This film really combines horror and the wonders of childhood in such a beautiful world of innocence and beauty. This could be a great holiday present for the little ones for sure.

8 out of 10

  • Brie On Toast Points

    I have a 3 and a 5 year-old that are mildly jumpy. Would this movie be too much for them?