ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – Q – The Ladybug (2018) Thoughts

With this being a Chinese production with a character called Queenie, we are going under World Cinema for Q.

Director: Ding Shi

Writer: Ma Hua, Ding Shi, Yungei Wang (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Lisa Schwartz, Haylie Duff, Norm MacDonald, Michael Donovan, Greg Chun, Michelle Ruff

Plot: Seven-spotted ladybug Rube lives in a glass cage inside a greenhouse inside a glassy laboratory. He longs for legendary bug utopia Golden Canyon. When he helps dragonfly Master Water escape wasp guards that have chased him into the laboratory, he accepts the suggestion to travel together. But Master Water has no intention of going to Golden Canyon, and abandons Rube.

Runtime: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Poor Storytelling

Story: The Ladybug starts when young ladybug Ruby has been living in a glass cage for years, wanting to head to Golden Canyon gets her chances when Master Dan rescues her and they set out on their adventure, with Ruby needing to learn about the big wide world. As the adventure along the world, they meet a string of other insects that show them the dangers of the world.

Thoughts on The Ladybug

Final Thoughts This is a story that follows a ladybug looking to get to Golden Canyon, a place of beauty, filled with insects and animals, outside of the cage she is living in. we have a leading character that is filled with innocence only to feel too positive to be in this film. The adventure is everything we have seen before, without going to the levels that show us the distance truly needing to be covered. We do get the message about friendship and bravery, only it just doesn’t capture the magic of A Bug’s Life, with the same message.

Overall: Standard Animation

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