This week on DVD from SHOUT! Kids Factory is a family film directed by Eckart Fingberg with the tale of JASPER: Journey to the End of the World.
This animated film tells the story of Jasper, a young penguin living in the very cold South Pole. Life is nice and peaceful for everyone that lives there. Jasper, being a young and curious penguin, believes there is something else out in the big wide world.
When Jasper sees a ship, he tries to tell everyone about it but no one listens. Leaving little brother Junior in Jasper’s care might have been more than his parents bargained for! Quickly the two penguins meet Kakapo, an exotic bird who tells the two that he is trying to get his bird eggs back.
Boarding the ships, all three meet Emma, a young girl living on the ship her father captains. They tell Emma about the evil Dr. Block who has stolen the eggs and she wants to help.
In a journey that takes all two little penguins and a bird away from everything they’ve known, it is an epic journey of learning, loyalty and the true meaning of family for all.
FINAL WORD: Watching Jasper and his friends was truly a treat. It is very easy for families to relate to the main theme of the film. The idea of parents forgetting at times what it’s like to be a kid and kids not yet knowing what the world has to offer.
There is so much here to enjoy in the storytelling and there are enough jokes and humor to go around for kids and adults. That is the sign of a well done animated film – learning and laughing at the same time and JASPER: Journey to the End of the World does both of those extremely well.
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The film has received the prestigious Family Entertainment seal from The Dove Foundation. Looking for the best in family entertainment, The Dove Seal lets families know they will be seeing family audience films.
TUBS OF POPOCORN: I give JASPER: Journey to the end of the World three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. The characters are extremely lively, funny and full of laughs. The film definitely has life lessons mixed in with the animation and fun such as the environment, parent & children relationships, responsibility, and the importance of siblings. Those are pretty good life lessons to be sure.
The animation is wildly good and I have to admit that Kakapo keeps me laughing most of the time. The friendship between the three animals and Emma is sweet and endearing. That is actually very important when trying to come across to children and I believe JASPER has done just that.
If you and your family love penguins, great animation, good storytelling and a nutty little bird, then JASPER: Journey to the End of the Word is a definite must for your family’s library.
In the end – they learn how large the world truly is!