SamSam seems like he has it all: great family, great friends, and even his own flying saucer. But he’s still trying to find one thing that will make his life even better—actual superpowers. Thanks to Mega, a mysterious new student in school, SamSam’s about to find them—and learn what it really takes to fight monsters, and how many ways there are to be a hero.
This movie is awesome, animated, and amazing! Kids will love it and adult viewers will appreciate the important themes of friendship, and the necessity of laughter to drive away a gloomy outlook. The movie is bubbling over with spaceships, memorable characters, other worlds, and vibrant colors.
Based on Serge Bloch’s original work, SamSam, young SamSam has incredible and caring parents, but few friends and he has yet to discover exactly what his power is. He’s a superhero with superhero parents and so he must have a power, but what is it? Enter Mega, a girl who has plenty of talents and becomes a friend to him. Her mother wants her to become an opera star and her father wants her to be a dictator like him! Her mother does give Mega good advice: “Practice, practice, practice!”
SamSam’s parents wear a cape and his dad looks a bit like Batman, except his costume is red. SamSam dons a cool red superhero costume too. But he feels way too ordinary. In this incredible adventure it’s common for kids to hop into a spaceship and to fly into space. Kids who watch this remarkable extravaganza will love its scope and imagination. The other-worldly creatures and monsters are extra-ordinary in their presentation which features great voices and characterizations.
The theme of growing pains will resonate with many viewers too. SamSam feels the pressure to discover his powers and Mega feels the pressure of trying to please both parents. Her father happens to be king of their planet and he’s every bit the dictator. However, the little green alien is sometimes unintentionally comical. The king hates children’s laughter and is working on creating a monster of gloom, which will take away all mirth and cheer from the universe! The creature would do so by spraying kids with a potion that would remove their glee and laughter. Adding some comic relief to the film is Chomper, a cat-like creature. A cosmic dance is featured in the story which is quite amusing to watch.
SamSam’s mother is a nice example of a caring parent. She tells SamSam that his powers lie within and that he is a hero. Of course, he still sleeps with Sam Teddy, his own “teddy bear.” SamSam realizes that if no one ever smiled, it would be a gloomy planet indeed.
Mega’s father, the king, does amusing things accidentally, like flying into walls! He somehow manages to survive his mishaps. Despite tension between a few characters, the story incorporates a lively birthday celebration and funny lines.
This wholesome adventure will have kids giggling and parents will appreciate the important themes of friendship and forgiveness—and finding one’s own abilities and talents. We award this energetic animated movie our Dove-approved Seal for All Ages.
The Dove Take:
Your family will love every minute of joining in with the amusing characters of this space fantasy/adventure movie.