EIFF Review: Even Mice Belong in Heaven

Whizzy and Whitebelly

Thanks to the likes of Disney, Ghibli and Pixar, as well as smaller studios such as LAIKA and Cartoon Saloon, animation has become an integral part of mainstream cinema. Whilst the films we see on the big screen are mostly CGI or 3D, there continues to be a small but noticeable number of stop-motion movies being made. The likes of Isle of Dogs, Kubo of the Two Strings, Missing Link and My Life as a Courgette have wowed audiences over the last decade. Even Mice Belong in Heaven is set to join them.

Whizzy has been trying to follow in her father’s footsteps, but it’s not easy for a mouse to be brave. When he tries to steal a handful of fur from a sleeping fox, Whitebelly, the pair end up in an accident; waking up in heaven. Despite the animals being sworn enemies, they must reluctantly work together in order to avoid water and find happiness. Having lost their natural instincts, the duo forge and unlikely bond.

Even Mice Belong in Heaven is a sweet and lovely animated tale which focuses on the power of friendship. Using over a hundred puppets and eleven sets, Jan Bubenicek and Denisa Grimmová’s film is entirely charming. Based on a popular book, while the story is a familiar one it’s stuffed full of clever touches and innovative sequences, promising a surprise round every corner. Even Mice Belong in Heaven is sure to captivate the eager imaginations of youngsters.

Even Mice Belong in Heaven screened at Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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