Luis And The Aliens

Certificate: U

Voices of: Callum Maloney, Dermot Magennis, Will Forte

Release date: 2018

2 out of 5


Young Luis (Maloney) lives with his alien-obsessed, eccentric dad, but while his father is busy watching the skies for evil aliens, three cute and cuddly ones drop into Luis’s life instead. It seems that Mog, Nag and Wabo were monitoring earth’s TV and have popped in to buy something they’ve seen on an infomercial, so Luis offers to help his new pals while the aliens – who can shape shift to look like animals or people – attempt to help Luis by impersonating his distracted father at an important meeting with Luis’s school principal.

Aimed at younger kids, this German animation is in a similar vein to the slicker Home, and gets some nice laughs from the blobby aliens mistakes as they try to impersonate humans (while they may appear like someone after copying their DNA, they are less successful at acting like them). It does get a bit darker when some truly evil aliens pop up, making for something of a clumsy tone but there are enough silly jokes to keep younger audiences amused. Parents, meanwhile, will mutter that they’ve seen it all before in funnier, better animated movies (and they have), but as a rainy afternoon at home’s entertainment it is perfectly watchable stuff.

Is Luis And The Aliens suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

Younger viewers (under 7s) may be frightened by the ‘evil’ aliens.

One character dreams about being chased by an insect like alien which may upset very young viewers (under 7s).

There is a scene in which one of the aliens drinks washing liquid and burps bubbles – it may be worth explaining to younger viewers why this could be harmful in real life.

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