Certificate: PG

Voices of: Kirk Thornton, Dino Andrade

Release date: 2020

2 out of 5


Pop the movies Spies In Disguise and Zootropolis in a blender, remove some of the humour and originality, bake for a couple of hours and you’ll end up with this Chines-French animated movie that isn’t quite as fun as it hopes to be.

It’s an odd couple spy adventure as arrogant cat Vladimir (Thornton) finds himself demoted after a caper goes wrong, working alongside rat Hector (Andrade) as a security guard at a power station. Of course, the place gets robbed, a top secret substance is taken, and Vladimir has to team up with Hector to solve the crime.  Gosh, do you think they’ll eventually put their differences aside and get along?

While the movie opens with a fast action sequence that’s neatly animated, it soon gets bogged down with dull dialogue, a lack of chemistry between the two central characters and a plot that means well (touching on global warming and its impact) but doesn’t ever charm or truly entertain.

Is Spycies suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

There are a few action and fight scenes that may be too much for very young viewers (under 6s).

Younger children may be frightened by the villains (they have red eyes) and upset during the part of the movie when one main character is believed to have died.

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