by Justin Moore
The Willoughbys is a visually appealing movie. The CG feels blended with the animation of stop-motion and it gives it a distinct look. The Willoughby children are tall and lanky, which gives off a Tim Burton feel. Each character and setting are given a look that represents their situation and personality. Maya Rudolph’s Nanny has hair that resembles a heart, which represents her love for the children and the brighter character, Commander Melanoff (Terry Crews), is the wackier character of the film.
Director Kris Pearn, who directed the animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, cared a lot about the animation and characters to tell a charming story. If you have read 'The Willoughbys' story, it has many heartwarming moments towards the end of the film and Pearn handled the emotional moments well. The growth of the characters and their relationships allowed for the scenes feeling personal to the characters.
With a lack of films hitting theaters over the last few weeks, many will turn to streaming services for content and The Willoughbys is one that should not be overlooked. It may take some time to get adjusted to the unique style of animation, but it is worth it in the end.