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. "Long Way North"

With animation art that is both minimalist and fascinating, the girl power throbs in this old-timey riff on courage and adventure, especially when we get past the intro of characters and situation.

The setting is 19th century Saint Petersberg and the Russian aristocracy. Out of this stern and priveleged lot is young Sacha. who's concern is her grandfather, a scientist hell-bent on finding the North Pole. It's been a while since anyone has heard from him. No post offices nor pony express on those unkind, wind-swept plains.

With one of her options being to make her stiff-necked father happy by going through with the marriage he's arranged, she decides instead to take off in search of grandpa and his ice-breaking ship.

For the adult, the adventure is a simplistic tale whose beauty is in the pallette more than the thin air of the storyline. To a teen and under, the motive and the wonderment will take them far.

So, adults, best seen with your child. Bring overcoats.

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