The Hero of Color City review – crayons-in-crisis animation for the under-sixes

This Toy Story-lite tale of crayons who come to life will appeal to the little ones, even if it doesn’t really think outside the crayon box

King Scrawl is plugging Rainbow Falls and causing all the crayons to fade. Will the gang – cool Blue, nerdy Green, Noo Yawka stereotype Red – learn to face their fears and colour outside the lines? Christina Ricci voices fearful Yellow, the hero of this kaleidoscopic, Toy Story-lite tale of crayons who come to life for a forgettable journey to nowhere in particular (typical pitstop: the spa). It should appeal to the little ones, but there’s not much here for the over-sixes. Half-hearted genuflections towards knowing humour (“You gotta think outside the crayon box on this one, Yellow!”) and characters (a Jerry Lewis scientist – yawn) feel insipid and cynical. But there’s a nice scene featuring an outcast crew of unfinished drawings, including Owen Wilson as a dragon, and I did like the existential White crayon, agonising over not fulfilling his destiny because nobody ever colours in white.

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