Wonder Park (PG)**

Dirs: Robert Iscove, David Feiss, Clare Kilner

Voices: Brianna Denski, Tom Baker, Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, Joe Sugg, Casper Lee, Mila Kunis

Runtime: 85 minutes

THIS animated family film about a girl, June, who creates an amusement park from her imagination only to find it coming alive is just 85 minutes in duration but, my goodness, it seems longer. Perhaps it’s the garbled tale, which takes an age to settle in, or the lack of imagination, funnily enough, in the story itself.

The film does attempt a plot of sorts when Mum, voiced by Jennifer Garner, suddenly takes ill and has to go away for treatment, leaving June a fearful shadow of the daredevil sort she was before. Afraid that something will happen to her dad (Matthew Broderick) next, June becomes obsessed with keeping him safe.

This spell of interest is soon cut short in favour of a story about saving the titular theme park, complete with wacky talking animals voiced by various celebs, friends making the best family and all that other touchy-feely stuff animations feel they have to deliver. Dumbo, for all its faults, might be a better bet for younger cinemagoers.