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.
~~ Jules Brenner