‘Wonder Park’ Review: A Glorified TV Pilot That Coasts By on Stunning Animation and Sincere Emotions

/Film | 3/14/2019 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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Sweet and sincere, Wonder Park is a spirited animated film that occasionally manages to elicit that titular feeling of wonder. The Nickelodeon film is a strong testament to the power of imagination that veers into moments of magical realism. But there’s something incomplete to this film. Wonder Park introduces broad caricatures and compelling themes, but doesn’t quite follow through — as if the ride stalled right before the finishing loop-de-loop.

This was the moment halfway through Wonder Park when I thought, “Why does this feel like an over-long TV pilot?” Well, because it is. Developed by Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies, Wonder Park is set to launch a TV series based on the film later this year, making it the third Nickelodeon animated film to spawn an animated series after Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Barnyard. That undercurrent of corporate intent is what makes the earnest emotions and stunning animation in Wonder Park feel a little hollow.

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Wonder Park is a movie without a director. That’s true functionally and creatively, as the film lost its original director Dylan Brown deep into production in 2018 and will roll into theaters without one attached. Perhaps that’s why Wonder Park feels like a film made by committee.

The story follows Cameron “June” Bailey (Sofia Mali as the younger version and Brianna Denski as the older), a spunky 10-year-old girl with a boundless imagination and a rather dangerous proclivity for experiments. After she accidentally wrecks her neighborhood, she limits herself to building her dream amusement park within the confines of models in her house, aided by her angelic and far-too-forgiving mom (Jennifer Garner). But when her mom gets diagnosed with cancer, June becomes disillusioned with her imaginary park and trashes it, adopting a cautious and paranoid personality to boot. Worried about her father while on the way...
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