in Cute movie “Flora and Ulysse” based on Novel of the same name, A young comic book fan escapes in his own paranormal adventure. Flora (a criminally adorable Matilda Lawler) is a 10-year-old self-proclaimed freak. Why? Her parents, the author of the choli-slippers who suffer from writer’s block (Alison Hannigan) and a failed comic book writer (Ben Schwartz), have split. But a fatal accident between an ordinary squirrel and a rogue domestic appliance leads Flora to find her superhero, Uleisses, a bush-tailed wonder with super strength, intelligence and – “Holy unexpected events!” – Ability to fly.
Flora is captivating, as is her world, full of costumes and hats; She sees the hero following her on the street, and in the blink of an eye her world changes from 3-D to whimsical 2-D comic illustration. There is also a lot of laughter; Brad Copeland, who wrote the screenplay, specifically combines quippy banquets and zany bodily comedy (even from a cute CGI rodent). Leena Khan’s direction comes in a good-natured background, but the cast also includes a superhero lineup of comedy powerhouses: Danny Pudi, Bobby Moynihan, Jane Garfalo, Kate Mikusi, and even stage and screen great Anna Devere Smith.
Some are small gaffes. Hannigan and Schwartz have fun as playful parents, but lack chemistry and never seem comfortable in roles. And a British neighbor boy (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) feels too much of a cynical character.
“Flora and Ulysses” Children of this genre often fall into the trap of eagerness to find themselves, but miraculously this never happens. In fact, this hopeful comedy, showing how a twitch-tailed protagonist can transform, fly, and fly a family.
Flora and Ulysses
Rated PG. Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes. Watch on disney +.