Percept's Jumbo may not be as entertaining as Hanuman one film that opened the doors for animation films in India but it is shades better than most amateur attempts that followed the success of Hanuman.
Jumbo, based on 'Chao Praya Prah Hongsawadee', a story by Ariya Jintapanichkarn, tells the adventures of Jaiveer aka Jumbo, a baby elephant. He dreams of following Yudhveer, his absent father, and becoming the royal elephant. Jumbo decides to go in search of his father.
During his search, Jumbo meets up with a kindly elephant trainer, a hyperactive messenger bird and a female elephant, who becomes his sweetheart later. Subsequently, Jumbo becomes a war elephant and defends his kingdom against the evil opponents.
Jumbo bears an uncanny resemblance to The Lion King. You don't take to the film instantly, but it picks up towards the latter part when Jumbo is chosen by the king to fight the opponents. The animation isn't at par with the best [Shrek, The Lion King, Finding Memo, the recent hit Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa], but the quality is better than some of the stuff we've witnessed in India.
Jumbo has the trappings of a typical Hindi film. There's revenge, romance, emotions, action... plus, the voiceovers by several top names, besides a song [well choreographed by Ahmed Khan] and scenes featuring Akshay Kumar. Also, the voiceovers are in sync with the lip moments. Akshay, Dimple Kapadia, Rajpal Yadav and Gulshan Grover infuse life in those characters.
On the whole, Jumbo is a sweet, sincere and simple film that works. Who knows, it may spring a surprise this Christmas. Recommended for kids from 6 to 60.