Battle for Terra
, director and digital artist Aristomenis Tsirbas' feature debut, was made on a shoestring budget after its festival success as a sci-fi film short. After Tsirbas added an hour to its original length, the film evolved into a child-friendly melting pot of War of the Worlds
, Planet of the Apes
, and Star Wars
, with an unintentional but successful dose of The Little Mermaid
. Despite several ham-fisted overtures, awkward animation, and a few leaps in logic, Battle for Terra
is a solid adventure with a lot of heart. In other words, it has its flaws, but it's no Space Chimps
Terra is a planet inhabi...