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Published April 21st 2015
Boov it to the cinema to see Home
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DreamWorks' Home is in cinemas across Australia now. Image from DreamWorks Animation's official Home Facebook page.

DreamWorks' latest animation Home is a movie about two misfits from different worlds who forge an unlikely friendship after bumping into each other on the run, and together, learn many solid life-lessons. Join Oh, the clumsy but well-meaning protagonist Boov, voiced by The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, his human accomplice, heroine Gratuity 'Tip' Tucci, voiced by Rihanna, and her cat Pig on an inter-continental adventure as they flee Captain Smek's (Steve Martin) Boov Army – intent on "erasing" Oh after making "many, many mistakes" – and search for Tip's mum, Lucy (Jennifer Lopez).

Based roughly on the novel The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, the cowardly alien Boov have narrowly escaped their mortal enemy's clutches, the dreaded planet destroying Gorg. Taking occupancy of planet Earth, the Boov have relocated all human inhabitants to a redesigned theme park style country, 'Happy Human Land,' inadvertently separating 11 year old Tip and mother in the process.

"High hand touching" (high-fiving) with Oh and Gratuity 'Tip' Tucci. Image from DreamWorks Animation's official Home Facebook page.
Home has been criticised by some as unoriginal, borrowing heavily in parts from other recent DreamWorks' releases. Like Melman in Madagascar, Oh mistakes a urinal tablet for a mint, and the Boov also closely resemble Despicable Me's yellow minions, only purple-skinned instead. There are also a few screenplay 'gaffs,' such as when Van Gogh's Starry Night is saved from certain digestion as a Boov snack at their Paris HQ, when the painting has been housed at New York's Museum of Modern Art for more than 70 years. But seriously, kids (and most parents) really don't care to over-analyse movies and are certain to get plenty of laughs out of the jokes and one-liners, however rehashed or cliché they may be in some scenes. It's also nice, and about time, that Home is the first of DreamWorks' animations to feature a black lead character in Tip.

Although the moral themes are very obvious and plentiful, they serve as nice reminders to kids and the messages, among which anti-bullying is prominent, aren't lost on them. Throughout the movie, the audience is shown that two wrongs don't make a right; nobody is perfect and making mistakes is what makes us human; the best way to overcome a fear is to face it and not run away; it's okay to ask for and accept help; it's not okay to take what doesn't belong to us; and above all else, family and friends are everything – they are the true meaning of 'home.'

Oh and Pig. Image from DreamWorks Animation's official Home Facebook page.
Director Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Antz) has done well bringing Home to life on the big screen, drawing on quite a bit of star power that doesn't seem to have hurt at all, with the movie raking in some $52.1 million on opening weekend alone and featuring original songs by the likes of not only Rihanna and J Lo, but also pop icons Charli XCX and Kiesza. My team of critics – aged three, seven, eight and ten – gave Home a collective score of 17.5 out of 20. For me, it's a 3.5 star production – at 94 minutes running time, it could've been a little shorter, and in recycling some humour here and there, a little more original, but at the end of the day kids love it, and that's what really counts.

Although a tiny bit long in the tooth in parts, Home is a great movie for kids aged three to twelve, and unlike some others (*cough* Chip Munks *cough*), grown-ups won't be left suffering in silence until the closing credits. Home is up there with DreamWorks' Penguins of Madagascar and not quite as good as Despicable Me (one of our favourites).

Home is now showing in cinemas around Australia. Check your local cinema for session times and ticket costs; try to squeeze in a Super Tuesday at Hoyts for less and keep an eye on special offer sites like Ticket Bounty.

Oh with his "hands in the air like I just do not care." Image from DreamWorks Animation's official Home Facebook page.
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Why? Home is DreamWorks’ latest animated movie, packed with adventure and lots of lovely moral messages, ideal for families with kids aged between three and twelve.
When: Screening in cinemas now.
Where: In cinemas across Australia.
Cost: $13 - $20 per ticket; see individual cinemas’ websites for session times and ticket costs.
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