A maniacal koala bear with delusions of grandeur threatens the safety of creatures great and small in The Jungle Bunch.
Based on a hit French TV series, director David Alaux’s jaunty computer-animated adventure follows in the paw prints of a menagerie of brightly coloured tales populated by anthropomorphised critters including Zootropolis, Sing and Kung Fu Panda.
Could this be animal magic too? Sadly not.
A simplistic screenplay is light on uproarious comedy and pulse-quickening set pieces, repeatedly opting for wide-eyed cuteness over narrative sophistication and invention.
A centre-piece mine cart chase, which is animated at a lick as a madcap rollercoaster ride, is curiously devoid of edge-of-seat thrills.
The linear plot is simplistic, even for the target audience of pre-teens, and underlying messages of cross-breed cooperation and tolerance have been communicated far more elegantly by other films.
Slapstick can only snare our attention for so long. Parents who are dragged into the jungle by excitable tykes will be enjoying big cat naps in the dark rather than purring with delight.