Mune: Guardian of the Moon – ★ ★ ★ ½ DVD Review
Mune, was a French cartoon that I had never heard of, but took a chance on and really enjoyed. It was a wonderful story that was steeped in mythology, beautifully rendered and humourous. What more could I ask for in an animated feature?
It’s time for the old guardians of the Sun and Moon to retire and have their proteges replace them. Sohone (Rob Lowe) is good looking, strong, cocky and celebrity-esque, he will replace Xolal (Michael Dobson), the ancient Guardian of the Sun. Leeyoon (Christian Slater) is the prim and proper apprentice to Yule (Paul Dobson) the wizened Guardian of the Moon. During the ceremony to formally select and announce the new guardians Sohone is chosen by a ray of sunlight as expected, but the lunar ewe responsible for selecting the Guardian of the Moon instead bypasses Leeyoon and chooses Mune (Joshua J. Ballard) a young faun. Irate over the disrespect, Leeyoon storms off in anger, and is visited by pale snakes who corrupt him and stir up his jealousy and hubris, getting him to pit Sohone against Mune. The snakes were sent by Necross (Davey Grant) the lord of evil in the world who wants chaos so he can steal and destroy the Sun. With Sohone distracted by the actions of an unprepared Mune, Necross sends his imps Mox (Patton Oswalt) and Spleen (Ed Helms) to steal the Sun, plunging the planet into eternal night. With Mune banished by his own people, Leeyoon takes his place as Moon Guardian and causes the Moon to crumble and break. Now it’s up to Mune and Sohone to try and work together and recover the sun and find a way to restore the Moon. Naturally they don’t get along but when Glim (Nicole Provost) a young candle girl, joins them and sets them on the right path the trio set out to save the world. Eventually they enter the underground and meet Phospho (Jeff Dunham), a former Moon Guardian himself, who has been living on the outskirts of the underworld hiding from his own past cowardice and failure. Phosphoro helps them on their way, leading them to Necross where they realize he was under the influence of the pale snakes too and had been corrupted by envy. Glim manages to find the rapidly diminishing Sun, but when she reignites it, she melts. The sun and moon are returned to the sky by their Guardians and the world returns to normal, and Mune revives and re-sculpts Glim, and the pair set out on the temple of the Moon to travel around the world, as Sohone travels on his temple ahead of them.
As I said, the film was beautifully animated. The CGI was great, but they switched gears when they entered the dream world section of the film and reverted to a hand drawn, flowing, watercolour style of animation. I loved the concepts and the originality, the candle people like Glim were incredible! Being made of wax, if she got too cold she would stiffen up, when it was too hot she could melt, leaving her really only able to move freely in the evening or dawn times, only carefully in the shadows during the daytime and virtually not at all in the night. Ironic that she and the Moon Guardian fall in love… The idea that the Sun and Moon are tethered to these gigantic beasts, who slowly march around the world acting as the temples was fantastic and in all likelihood pulled from some mythology was also incredible. I loved the world this film created.
Bottom Line: Mune may be well under the radar, but is definitely worth checking out especially if you are a fan of animation.
Posted on 17-11-08, in 3.5 Star, Movie Reviews and tagged Animated, Christian Slater, Davey Grant, Ed Helms, Jeff Dunham, Joshua J. Ballard, Michael Dobson, Nicole Provost, Patton Oswalt, Paul Dobson, Rob Lowe. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.