Andrea’s film review – Back to the Outback

Back to the Outback ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali

Tired of being locked in a reptile house where humans gawk at them as if they were monsters, a group of Australia’s deadliest creatures plot a daring escape from their zoo to the Outback. On Netflix from this weekend.

Let’s face it, not every single animated film can be of the Pixar calibre or even try to break the mould as Disney’s Encanto has just done.

Most of the stuff out there for kids is actually rather generic and mostly unchallenging. And yet, even among those mid-range offerings, you can still find some nicely packaged stories which will keep the kids entertained without offending the parents’ intelligence or bore them to death.

Back to the Outback is one of those. It’s a story of a group of deadly creatures – a snake, a scorpion, a spider and so on – who plot an escape from the zoo where they are kept and where they’re only considered for their ‘ugly’ appearance and their poisonous qualities.

Needless to say, over the course of their adventure, they will all learn there’s more to you beyond just your looks: basically don’t judge the book by the cover.

It’s an easy lesson to grasp, even for the young ones, with lots of other talking points to draw from for the slightly more mature kids. Because at the end of the day, this film has no pretence to be anything but one for the kids. My son,  always my go-to point of reference when trying to judge films like these,  seemed to enjoy it.

It’s nicely drawn, easy on the eye, it moves along at a brisk pace, it has cute moments, some easy laughs and its heart is in definitely the right place. I was just a bit surprised by the number of innuendos aimed parents. At some point a male spider talks about being “aroused” when in the presence of a black widow. Mmm… not really sure we needed that, but obviously the passed by unnoticed by the eyes of innocence.

I’m sure I will forget about it by this time next week, but it was fine while it was on.

Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.

Back to the Outback is available to watch on Netflix from this weekend.

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