Director: Richard Claus, Jose Zelada
Writer: Richard Claus, Brian Cleveland, Jason Cleveland, Larry Wilson (Screenplay) Jose Zelada (Story)
Starring: (Voice Talents) Bernardo De Paula, Thom Hoffman, Dino Andrade, Joe Hernandez, Lola Raie, Alejandra Gollas
Plot: In the spirit of Moana and Frozen, ‘Ainbo – Spirit of the Amazon’ is the epic journey of a young hero and her Spirit Guides, “Dillo” a cute and humorous armadillo and “Vaca” a goofy oversized tapir, who embark on a quest to save their home in the spectacular Amazon Rainforest.
Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon starts when Ainbo an orphaned young girl looks to connect to her own spirit guide in the Amazon, like her mother did before, her best friend Zumi is about to take over the local tribe and wants Ainbo by her side, only for Atok being against her, with the tribe suffering from an illness.
As Ainbo finally meets her spirit guides Dillo an Armadillo and Vaca a Tapir, the three travel through the rainforest to locate the truth about what could be destroying their home, something Ainbo can save them all from.
Thoughts on Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon
Characters – Ainbo is the young girl that wants to be the best hunter, defender, and member of her Amazon tribe. She is often seen as an outsider within the tribe, which has seen her needing to go on her own quest to unlock her own spirit guides to learn about her place in the tribe. Ainbo is the heart and soul of the story, always wanting to do the right thing. Dillo the armadillo and Vaca the Tapir are the spirit guide for Ainbo, they will always be around when she needs them, bringing plenty of laughs to the story, that will often break the serious side of the story. Zumo is the best friend of Ainbo, she is about to become the leader of the tribe, she does need to make her mark on the tribe, which will push the friendships to a new level. Atok is the warrior that has always tried to defend the local area, no matter how difficult the situation might well be.
Story – The story here follows a young girl that finds herself needing to go on a spiritual journey to save her tribe from an illness, while her best friend is trying to find her place in control, when an evil finds its way towards the tribe. This story will easily get compared to Moana or Brave, with the adventure side of things, I would like to throw in Ferngully The Last Rainforest, with the dark side of the what is happening to the rainforest. The idea that somebody must learn about their past to save their future will always be a driving force for a story, with this being a perfect choice for pushing that through. The story has so much heart and soul about protecting people and what we have, needing to work together, despite differences and most of all, believing in your friends.
Themes – Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon is an animated adventure that will see Ainbo travel through the rainforest on her spirit quest, meeting animals that will guide her to the truth, to help protect her, each location is used to show where you would imagine that animal living, only enhanced. The animation looks beautiful, like most films in this generation. The only thing you are expecting from the style choices here, is them all breaking out into song.
Signature Entertainment presents Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon in Cinemas Nationwide from 27th August
Final Thoughts – Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon is a beautiful animation, filled with all the heart and soul you need for a strong story.