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The Willoughby

The Willoughby children live with probably the world’s most selfish parents. The children are left to fend for themselves while the parents feast on lavish meals; mom spends her evenings knitting silly things, and the father watches. When the children decide they have had enough, they hatch a scheme to send their parents on a trip around the world that they likely won’t survive. I liked the movie, but not as much as I thought I would. The premise is unusual for an animated movie. The film is full of vibrant colors and fun action sequences. And, it is a film that works as one that suits the entire family. I just never really got into the story; after a while, it all gets rather ridiculous, and there are storylines that seem to start and then go nowhere (for example, I never figured out the part about the man who runs the candy factory). Thumbs up for a film that doesn’t always come together but is a fun story that reminds us that in many ways we choose our “families”. (2020; 3.5 Stars)

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