Run time: 91 mins
Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1h 31m
Flock to the cinema to have a gander at the feather-brained exploits of Peng (voiced by comedian Jim Gaffigan), a free-wheeling goose whose idiosyncratic lifestyle is disturbed after he crash lands into the path of two young orphan ducklings Chi and Chao.
Reluctantly, Peng agrees to take the siblings under his wing on the migration south, all the time being pursued by a predatory cat named Banzou. Along the way a bond begins to form between the trio and Peng begins to understand the rewards of paternal responsibility.
A decent supporting cast with the likes of Greg Proops, Carl Reiner and Stephen Fry help make this a fun family flick that flies along with a feather-light touch. The film is an American-Chinese co-production, and the Eastern influences can be seen in the Bamboo forests and marble caves the trio pass through, giving the film a unique visual style.
The director (Welshman Christopher Jenkins) has a long history as an animator working on such films as The Lion King, Surfs Up and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.