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VOD Review: Felix and the Treasure of Morgäa

May 25, 2021

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

A Canadian animated film from the Quebec company 10th Ave Productions, Felix and the Treasure of Morgäa is an enjoyable family adventure movie set in the Magdalen Islands.

The film follows a 12-year-old boy named Felix (Daniel Brochu), who believes that his fisherman father, who disappeared at sea two years earlier, is still alive. When his mother (Holly Gauthier-Frankel) goes away on a cruise, Felix sneaks away to search for him with his bone-loving cat Rover, who acts more like a dog.

Felix is enamoured with old stories that his father believed in about a lost treasure on Darkshadow Island that is guarded by a spider. Accompanied by Old Tom (Vlasta Vrana), a lighthouse keeper and retired fisherman who knew his father, Felix sets course for the island, where there is a secret society run by a mysterious woman named Morgäa (Karine Vanasse).

Directed by Nicola Lemay, who has done several NFB shorts and is now making his feature debut, Felix and the Treasure of Morgäa is a pleasant surprise. There is plenty of adventure in the story, but the film also has a gentler tone and feel to it. Felix himself is portrayed as a more sensitive character, and Lemay makes a point of highlighting his emotional journey as well. While the story itself is mostly predictable for older audience members, the screenplay by Marc Robitaille does a nice job of introducing some themes about aging and growing old, that are explored in a subtle, heartfelt way.

The CG animation itself is unique, with Lemay and his team going for more of an illustration style instead of a photorealistic look. With simple, stylized character designs, soft backgrounds, and a pastel colour palette, the film has a nice storybook feel to it that is visually appealing. It’s a good adventure movie for kids, that offers some fine life lessons for audiences of all ages.

Felix and the Treasure of Morgäa is now available to watch on a variety of Digital and VOD platforms. It’s being distributed in Canada by Maison 4:3.

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