Can Wallace transform the local soccer club into an all-star team in The Bootiful Game? And how can one small girl stop an entire army in Carlos Trillo and Eduardo Risso’s Red Moon? Joseph Self brings two charming, all-ages selections to the fore with this week’s Selfish Thoughts.
Red Moon (Saf)
When the kingdom of Burien is invaded, the Lord’s fiery-haired, half-fairy daughter narrowly manages to escape the clutches of the evil usurper. She vows to save her father and her home, but what good is one small girl against an entire army?
Luckily, Moon has the help of several friends, including her personal “knight,” the traveling acrobat Antolin, and Bran, an invisible gnome, as well as several magical gifts from her mother.
During the course of their quest, Moon and her friends will face many dangers both mystical and mundane, from wolves and slave traders to shadow dragons and slavering monsters. They will cross the Forest of Night, visit the Fairy castle, and eventually journey to the mysterious land of Never…
Both exciting and whimsical, this fantasy from Slovenia should appeal to all ages, and features the art of 100 Bullets’ Eduardo Risso.
Wallace & Gromit: The Bootiful Game
When Wallace is called upon to take over the management of the local soccer club, he uses his inventive skills to turn the motley group into a team of winners — churning out contraptions like the Soccamatic, Skillevators, Dribbletrack De Luxe, and the Multi-mitt Keepertron to hone his players’ skills.
Unfortunately, his dreams of glory run afoul (as well as a nasty fowl!) of a couple of embezzling ne’er-do-wells with a stake in seeing the team lose.
Luckily, his under-appreciated but just as clever dog Gromit is there to help save the day.
Created by Nick Park, this bumbling but lovable duo got their start as characters in claymation films and specials.
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