Reviewed by David Savage
Voices: Tim Curry, Sean Astin, Russell Peters
Director: Chuck Powers
Running Time: 81 minutes (approx.)
Format: DVD / Blu-ray
Release Date: 30 March 2015
Ribbit is a fun family animated film about a frog with an identity crisis that is looking for his place and purpose in the world.
Ribbit is a poisonous tree frog and he is different from all the other frogs that live and play by the pond. Not only does he look different with his bold and bright colouring but he is a frog that is afraid of water and jumping, pretty much essentials for a frog. Because of his fears he is constantly teased by the other animals around the pond so he wants to escape and find the purpose of his life.
His best friend, Sandy the Flying Squirrel, also has her own problems; flying isn’t a problem but landing is a cause of embarrassment and pain. When Ribbit tells her he is leaving she decides that he cannot go by himself and accompanies him on a path of discovery and adventure.
So they leave the pond and set off on their own. Ribbit manages to get hypnotised by a bat and is tricked into believing that the reason for his identity crisis is that he is not really a frog but a human prince trapped in a frog’s body and needs to kissed by a human princess to return to his proper form. Ribbit at last has a quest and a purpose, he needs to find the humans and their princess.
Overall, Ribbit is a fun family adventure that kids and adults will both enjoy. Poor, lonely Fribbit feels he is different and sets off on a quest to find the purpose of his life. On his quest he battles crocodiles and giant spiders, meets a flamboyant toucan, encounters white water rafting before crashing over a waterfall before having to ultimately save the princess.
The animation is very bright and colourful using bold colours that will keep the children’s attention while the story is well-written and one that people can relate to, especially that everyone has something about themselves that they would love to change.
Funny and entertaining, a joy to watch.
RRP: £10 (DVD) / £13 (Blu-ray)
Available to buy from Amazon here.