Image Entertainment // 2008 // 80 Minutes // Rated G
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // November 28th, 2008
Who said dinosaurs were history?
Want to hang out with dinosaurs and annoying waterfowl? Make a beeline for Impy's Island.
The inhabitants of said island are stunned to find a mysterious egg wash up on shore. What lies within? Why a dinosaur! What are the odd of that? Long, my friend, long. Affectionately named "Impy" by his new friends, the dinosaur immediately finds good times and happy fellowship await him.
Unfortunately, there's a king from another country who's got a hard-on for tracking down endangered species, shooting the @#$% out of them and mounting their heads on his wall. When he hears about Impy he immediately heads for the island to add him to his collection. Can Impy's friends pull through in time and save their Jurassic pal?
Impy's Island is an inoffensive, family-friendly, low-impact animated fable that does pretty much nothing to discern itself from the crowded genre. There's a small amount of charm to be found here, but not much humor and the characters can grate. Not exactly a recipe for a classic.
But since this is such a relentless upbeat and positive kids flick, let's start out with the niceties. The message is a good one, tackling the hard-hitting concepts of friendship and treating talking pigs with respect. See, when Impy is ultimately cornered by the king, he utilizes his kind spirit to convince him to not murder him and hang his head on a piece of wood but, rather, just be buds. No wonder it earned the "Family-Approved for All Ages" label from the Dove Foundation.
Also, the animation is impressive. It may be straight-to-DVD but Impy's Island sports a solid CGI pedigree. The animation is colorful and detailed and there's enough interesting character and setting designs for the artists to engage their creativity.
And really, that's about all that stands out to me about the film. The wit just isn't there and the characters, while cool-looking and well-animated aren't terribly interesting. There's the hippie professor and the talking penguin and monitor lizard (I think) and a female pig in an apron and a young native boy and a seabird with the voice of a blown transmission.
A lean DVD, featuring a crisp 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and a 2.0 stereo mix (no 5.1? Is this 1998?) and no extras save for the trailer.
Impy's Island didn't do too much for me. But your kids will probably dig it.
Impy is gimpy.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Image Entertainment
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 80 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Rated G