Mune, an adorable faun lives in a world governed by two roaming temples, one towing the sun, the other the moon. The action kicks off when the Guardians of the Sun and Moon are going to retire and leave their charges in the hands of their apprentices. Sohone, the apprentice of the Sun, is accepted into his job, but the Moon’s apprentice, Leeyoon is passed over in favor of Mune. Do their names really have to rhyme with “moon”? Mune hasn’t had a day of training for this, and through accidents, he causes the sun to be stolen by Necross, a former Sun Guardian who became greedy. The moon slowly disintegrates, forcing Mune to team up with Sohone and a waxen girl called Glim to chase after the sun before it’s too late.
The world of Mune is lush and beautifully animated. I have rarely seen a movie so overflowing with genuine storybook magic as this one. The main characters are admirable and lovable, even through their faults, which the movie does not shy away from. Glim disobeys her father (who is only concerned about her wellbeing) to go see the investiture ceremony, but she is there to see that something is very wrong with the world when nobody else will listen. Sohone has a huge ego, but learns to overcome it when he has to work with meek Mune and sassy Glim to save the world. As for our hero, he is a fearful little thing, and learns to triumph over his fears and failings throughout his adventure.
Sohone is considered… hot stuff to the land’s ladies. (Yes, I made that pun and I’m proud) Glim is also enraptured by Sohone at first, before falling for Mune’s gentler charms and humble spirit. By the end of the movie, Glim and Mune are an official couple, sharing a chase kiss atop the moon temple, with Sohone generously giving way for the better man.
Necross is driven to dark deeds by glowing white snake like spirits. These creatures spout lies and inflame negative feelings like greed and anger. It’s not known where these creatures come from, only that they exist to disrupt the delicate balance of nature. Necross is shown set free from the corruption, and dies in peace.
There is some violence in this movie, but it’s mostly frightening imagery that is troublesome in this regard. Two characters die in the pursuit of the quest, both laying down their lives for the greater good of the whole world. Sohone also pops off one minor swear word.
All this being said, I loved Mune. It was a beautiful animated film, great for family viewing. Yes, some parts are scary and sad, but all the pain of the quest is worth it in the end. I am thrilled to recommend this cute little flick to my friends here at Movie Wimsey!
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