Even Mice Belong In Heaven                       review by Bobby Blakey

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I love stop motion animation and sad we don’t get enough of it. Anytime a new one comes along from Aardman Studios or Laika I am all in. It’s rare to get one from any other studio, but I am always willing to give them a chance for the art form alone. The latest Even Mice Belong In Heaven based on the novel by Iva Procházková from directors Denisa Grimmová and Jan Bubenicek features the voices of Simona Berman, Graham Halstead, Ryan Andes, Marc Thompson, Major Attaway, and Mary O’Brady. Could this film offer up more greatness from the genre or the motion just stop?

Even Mice Belong In Heaven follows a feisty little mouse and a shy young fox cub unwittingly find themselves in animal heaven following an unfortunate accident. In this strange environment, they will have to put aside their natural instincts and work together to succeed on their journey through this new world. The little mouse and the young fox share many adventures and unexpected surprises and ultimately become the best of friends. 

This little film wastes no time getting to the story and offers up so many layers that I had no expected. The look and feel reminded me of the Fantastic Mr. Fox while still being its own thing. The characters are pretty simple and down stand out all that much, but aren’t trying to. They are normal animals and the world they inhabit is kind of in a real element despite its fantastical story.

They take an interesting direction to get it to their real journey in the afterlife that takes them on a fun adventure and series of lessons for multiple characters involved. I admit that I wasn’t all that interested in the film outside of the stop motion aspect, but ended up getting sucked into the fun and heart of it all. The whole thing remind me of the old anamorphic Disney films in story element in a good way.

I stepped into this film with low expectations and walked away pleased. If you dig stop motion flicks like I do then give this little film a chance and you might be surprised. Decide for yourself and check out Even Mice Belong In Heaven available now on VOD from Samuel Goldwyn Films.