Monday, April 15, 2013

Film Review: Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox (2007)

Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox (Review)
South Korea/2007
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

Aliens land on a small mountain where Yobi - a five tailed fox with the ability to transform - lives alone, and decide to live with her. 100 years into the present: the aliens are ready to leave, but one of the clumsy aliens accidentally causes the launch to fail and runs away after being scorned- putting himself and the group in jeopardy. Now, Yobi and the aliens attempt to rescue him from small children and an a fox hunter. Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox is a visually-stunning, heartwarming, and very entertaining animated film.

The story in this film is great. It is able to be an entertaining and meaningful story. It packs plenty of heartwarming humor through its clean, witty dialogue, and the minor actions of the characters, like the aliens mimicking each other, an alien using his hands as binoculars, or the aliens showing love through slaps. It also has some thrilling action, mostly through some great chases. I found the film to be very positive, emphasizing the proper treatment of each other; souls taking care of souls. And, its interpretation of the afterlife was also positive, interesting, and genuinely beautiful. However, the Yoyo aliens weren't fully developed; as in, they aren't fully utilizes and it often feels like they take the backseat. The ending of this film is magnificent, being truly bittersweet. I liked all of the main characters, Yobi being an incredibly delightful lead - and enthusiastically voiced by Ye-jin Son - and the Yoyo aliens being quirky whenever they had screen time.

The style in this film is beautiful and atmospheric, adding to its charm. The colors are vibrant, the character and settings are excellently designed. The film is great on the eyes. I can't put my finger on it, but most animated films don't use this exact style - Yobi really develops an identity of its own through its style, as well as its story. This is a film I truly hope receives a domestic, or at least region-free, Blu-ray release. The voice acting was perfect for all of the characters, and the music was superb.

Overall, Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox is a magnificent animated film, entertaining for any age group, and perfect for families. It's beatifully animated, perfectly scored, and enthusiastically voiced - with a genuinely heartwarming story. This is another stunning film from South Korea, among many more; don't miss out.


Score: 9/10

Parental Guide: Some Violence.

2 comments:

  1. Just an update, Netflix stupidly removed the film from streaming. I'm not sure when exactly. I know I watched it recently.

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    1. Yeah, it's very disappointing. I remember Netflix lost a bulk of their amazing Korean lineup in July. Now, they have one of the weaker lineups compared to other streaming services. Hopefully they get more Korean films, I would love to watch this again in HD!

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