Uchu Show e Youkoso
Warning: The bright colors might be overkill for some viewers. And the moe character designs.
Mimi: Ahhh it’s finally summer vacation, and what better way is there than to spend it on the moon? On the first day of summer camp, five kids are completely bored out of their skulls, the youngest one feeling depressed because her pet rabbit ran away. They decide to kill time by helping her search for it, but they stumble upon an injured dog instead. This is no ordinary dog, however, as they quickly find out that he is an alien who is conducting research on plants! He introduces himself as Pochi and explains that he was attacked by poachers. To thank the children for treating his injuries, he offers to grant them any wish. Just like that, they all wish to go on a trip “as far away as possible,” and their crazy adventures in space begin!
I’m generally fond of kid adventure films, but it recently occurred to me that I never really liked one outside the magical realm of Miyazaki–that is, until Welcome to the Space Show came along. First, I have to say that this film isn’t about originality. After all, seven kids got sent to the Digital World on their first day of summer camp about 12 years ago, so the premise is hardly new. Even the human characters lean a bit on the stereotypical side: you’ve got the leader, the nerd, the shy girl who aspires to be a singer, and so on. So what is this film really about then? Well if that isn’t already obvious–the dazzling artwork and the creator’s imagination of the universe. This is just meant to entertain and impress you with the vibrant colors, intricate architectural designs, and imaginative, futuristic-like worlds.
The aliens come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and they are much more interesting than the human characters, especially Pochi. What I really like about Pochi is his personality–sometimes he is enthusiastic, amusing, and friendly around the children, and other times he is angry and hints at having a darker side to himself. Above all that, he’s just freakin’ cool. Now, this doesn’t mean that the kids don’t have anything to offer; they are incredibly cute, charming, and packed with energy. They all have a lot of growing to do as they continue along their journey, but in the end, they’re just predictable and don’t make the same kind of impact as Pochi.
As for the plot, well, I hardly cared about that part because it was jumping all over the place. The kids get stuck in space and are unable to return to Earth, and they have to figure out a way to get back. It takes a messy turn for the worse towards the last half of the film, but I was so entranced by the brilliant visuals and action that I stopped trying to make sense of anything. No, this isn’t quite a masterpiece, but I still love this movie, and the artwork is the most impressive that I’ve seen thus far!
Mimi’s Score: 8 Meeps out of 10 (Very Good)
Alex’s Score: 8 Meeps out of 10 (Very Good)