“HOME” My rating: B- (Opens wide on March 27)
94 minutes | MPAA rating: PG
Now and then voice talent can provide the make-or-break factor in an animated feature.
It’s hard to imagine “Aladdin” or “Finding Nemo” without the vocal contributions of Robin Williams and Ellen DeGeneres. Jim Parsons provides a similar service in “Home.”
Parsons, a multiple Emmy winner for playing a scientific genius/social idiot on TV’s “The Big Bang Theory,” provides the voice of Oh, an alien creature who has come to Earth along with about a million of his fellow Boovs.
The Boovs are a species of six-legged creatures with trashcan bodies, frog-like faces, prehensile ears and a chameleonic ability to change their skin coloring to fit their emotions (red for angry, blue for sad, yellow for fear…).
Though they overnight seize our world — banishing the human population to camps in the Australian Outback that are part suburban subdivision, part carnival midway — the Boovs aren’t particularly scary. They don’t kill or physically harm the dispossessed humans. They’re like a herd of shy pre-schoolers.
Except for Oh, who in comparison to his brethren is a radical rugged individualist. Aggressively garrulous and outgoing, he irritates his reticent comrades, who dread his friendly incursions into their personal space. He’s a well-meaning boor upsetting an otherwise sedate environment.
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