Writer-director Aaron Woodley’s computer generated tale about a monkey called Spark (Jace Norman) feels second rate and is probably no better than what kids will watch on the cartoon network. With a stellar voice cast Sparks is let down by a poor story and some less than startling animation.

The story starts with a brief prologue that tells us about the destruction of the planet Bana by the evil Zhong (voiced by Alan C Paterson). During the destruction a young Spark is saved by his doomed parents who before they perish send him away under the care of a robot called Bananny (Susan Sarandon).

Bananny then raises Spark and two other orphans, a fox called Vix (Jessica Biel) and a warthog called Chunk (Rob deLeeuw)

When spark turns 13 he steals a spaceship and returns to what remains of his home planet. Here encounters the Queen (Hilary Swank) and the former Captain of the Bana Royal Guard (Patrick Stewart) and becomes locked in a battle to free the planet from the evil Zhong.

Spark, the movie, moves along at a fair pace with plenty of action, however one scene pretty much feels like the previous one giving the impression that the whole things been stretch out in order to fill the length of a movie.

Young undemanding children will no doubt enjoy but for older more demanding children Sparks is one worth giving a miss.

Spark (PG)

1h 32m

Director: Aaron Woodley
Starring: Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Hilary Swank, Jace Norman

UK Release: Friday 26th May 2017

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