As a mother to a little bug hunter my ear always prick up when I hear about a film involving minibeasts. Monkey and I sat down to watch Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants at the weekend and it’s really rather lovely.
Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants is released on DVD on Monday 26th September (digital download from 19th September) and we were lucky to have a sneaky preview at the weekend. With a running time of around 85 minutes this really is a charming film. It’s actually rather different from the norm too. There’s no spoken dialogue, but the minibeasts converse in sounds, and not for one moment did my 6 year old Monkey not understand what was happening. It really made rather wonderful viewing and we both thoroughly enjoyed the adventure.
The adventure starts with a couple enjoying a picnic, the mood is tranquil, until the wife realises that she’s gone into labour. Cue lots of interesting questions from my son. The husband gets in quite a panic as he clears up the picnic and takes his wife back to their car. In fact he leaves some things behind, including a tin of sugar cubes.
Monkey loves ladybirds so he was thrilled to see that a newly hatched ladybird was to be the star of Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants, along with a black ant called Mandible. The ladybird got lost in a rainstorm, damaged a wing and ended up taking shelter in the middle of the night. In the morning it becomes clear that the ladybird has discovered treasure in the form of the sugar cube box.
Mandible and his black ant tribe come across the remnants of the picnic and discover the treasure. We follow the black ants and the ladybird as they try to get the tin back to the anthill. All was going well until they came face to face with the red ant warriors, who not only want the sugar tin, they also want to destroy the anthill.
I won’t ruin the rest of the film for you, but Monkey was spellbound throughout, the blend of CGI animation and live action backdrops work cleverly together. It really is a charming film which we both enjoyed. Watch out for the flies, they’re rather entertaining.
We’ve found lots of snails on our bug hunting walks to school this week, and Monkey’s always on the look out for other minibeasts!
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