Kikoriki. Legend of the Golden Dragon is a fun CGI animated import from Russia about creatures from Kikoriki Island. The critters enjoy playing video games which is great since their roly poly physiques makes them look like videogame stars. Trouble happens when one of the islanders invents a helmet that lets you swap personality traits with others. Wally wants to become brave when he straps on the helmet. Except things go wrong and he gets stuck inside a caterpillar. He needs to swap back, but the plans get ruined by a rough plane flight, meeting new people and volcano about to blow.
The movie is based on the GoGoRiki TV series that aired on The CW. While it would be easy to think the ball-like characters are “homage” to Angry Birds, turns out GoGoRiki has been on TV since 2004. Angry Birds was launched as a game in 2009.
Josie enjoyed the film especially the colorful characters that bounced around the screen. Here’s her review of the film:
The videos is 2.35:1 anamorphic. The colors pop on the screen in the transfer. The audio is 5.1 Dolby Digital so you can hear the characters bounce around the room. There’s also a Stereo mix. The movie is subtitled.
Character Profiles explains the various characters in the film in a series of frames.
Trailer sets up the adventure.
Shout! Kids presents Kikoriki. Legend of the Golden Dragon. Directed by: Denis Chernov. Written by: Denis Chernov & Dmitriy Yakovenko. Starring: Peter Lenz, Alyson Leigh & Billy Bob Thompson. Running Time: 79 minutes. Released: March 7, 2017.
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