Ainbo is an animated film about saving her families’ home in the Amazon Rainforest.
Ainbo mets her two spirit guides, ‘Dillo’ a cute and humorous armadillo and ‘Vaca’ a goofy oversized tapir. The group aim to protect her homeland.
Along the way, she argues with her best friend and elders. Then talks to her mother’s spirit via a tree, and she returns to assist her on her journey. They met a mythical giant turtle and some grumpy sloths.
The scenery is spectacular and the animations are great. We’re introduced to some exotic animals, but I’m not sure I get a sense of the diversity and lushness of the protected wilderness area.
The majority of the characters look like fitness models with minimal body fat.
The storyline is missing tension and cohesiveness. Of course, it is a battle to stop the ‘evil white man’ from causing the destruction of the rainforest. The ending is a little bizarre.
The film is watchable but it’s going to appeal more to children than adults. It’s just missing a little sophistication and humour.
In the spirit of Moana and Frozen, ‘Ainbo – Amazon Princess’ is the epic journey of a young hero and her Spirit Guides, “Dillo” a cute and humorous armadillo and “Vaca” a goofy oversized tapir, who embark on a quest to save their home in the spectacular Amazon Rainforest.
In Australian Cinemas 16 September 2021.