We've all been there. You and your friends are racing to get to the theater on time when someone says, "What's the hurry? There's going to be twenty minutes of trailers anyway." You fix the offending party with an icy stare and weigh the pros and cons of kicking him or her in the shins. People who say such things are, in fact, NOT your friends. Trailers are part of the film-going experience, and acquaintances who don't get that should be shunned like a beta max copy of Roller Boogie with a permanent tracking glitch.
Trailers expose us to films and genres we might not otherwise seek out. They can show us new ideas, and that's what this installment of Trailer Park is all about: films that buck the trends and do things that, while not necessarily unique, are out of the ordinary...
- Arthur and the Invisibles
With so many computer animated kids' films coming out these days, they've all started to look alike to me. Arthur and the Invisibles follows the road less traveled by mixing live action with computer animation and taking on a darker, more sinister look, while still being lighthearted enough for the kids. Ten-year-old Arthur is played by the very talented Freddie Highmore, whose performance in Finding Neverland left nary a dry eye in the theater, then scored himself some serious cool points by working for Tim Burton as the title character in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Arthur's home is about to be demolished unless he can pay off the bank with the legendary treasure of the Minimoys (
actors deemed too small to play Vulcanstiny elf-like beings). There are lots of celebrity voices, including David Bowie as the head villain.