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Robinson Crusoe review: Well-known story retold with humour

By Damon Smith

Published 06/05/2016

An image from Robinson Crusoe
An image from Robinson Crusoe

Cuteness and gentle humour trump sophisticated storytelling and harsh realism throughout Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen's computer-animated retelling of Daniel Defoe's chronicle of a shipwreck survivor. Robinson (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal) heads to sea with his shaggy dog Aynsley (Doug Stone) and quickly falls foul of the ship's gnarly cats, May (Debi Tinsley) and Mal (Doucette again).

A violent storm shipwrecks Robinson on an island, which is home to a macaw called Mak (David Howard) and his friends: a chameleon called Carmello (Colin Metzger), a feisty kingfisher called Kiki (Lindsay Torrance), an echidna called Epi (Sandy Fox), a pangolin called Pango (Jeff Doucette), a tapir called Rosie (Laila Berzins) and a doddering old goat called Scrubby (Joey Camen).

Mak believes the glittering treasures which sometimes wash up indicate a brighter future over the horizon. Robinson's unexpected arrival adds fuel to Mak's suspicions that the world doesn't begin and end on the island.

The animals are initially wary of the human interloper, but eventually live in harmony with him. Unfortunately, Machiavellian moggies May and Mal also avoid a watery grave and they plot revenge from nearby Curse Island.

Three stars

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