Despite some great elements, this animated film doesn’t always deliver.
Ainbo (voiced by Audrey Lamy) is a resourceful teenager. She lives as an orphan in the village of Candamo in the middle of the Amazon rainforest and dreams of being a great hunter despite her forgetfulness and clumsiness. The girl soon discovers that the spirits – a forest demon named Yacuruna – have enchanted the village in the form of vanishing diseases, plants and fish.
In tune with the good spirits – specifically a tapir and an armadillo – Ainbo learns that a magical root allows him to free his own from the curse of the Yacuruna. But she is met with disbelief from the village and then decides to leave in peace.
Fans of animated films will quickly find themes developed in the excellent FernGully: The Adventures of Zak and Crysta – and thus obviously in James Cameron’s Avatar. Ainbo also bears some resemblance, both physically and scripted, to Disney Studios’ Moana.
But unlike the films mentioned, Ainbo, Princess of the Amazon is definitely aimed at the youngest ones – the little ones, on the other hand, might be afraid of Yacuruna, presented in the form of black smoke with particularly nasty red eyes. . The subject matter is simple, even simplistic, even naive, amidst exploded exteriors containing talking and colorful animals.
We therefore stick to the core of the message “Ainbo, Princess of Amazonia”, which is a pleasant family cinema trip.
Rating: 3 out of 5