Everywhere we turn, there’s fear. On the news, nations are warring; at home, the economy is collapsing; and as random acts of public violence continue to make headlines with alarming frequency, even the simple act of taking the family to see a summer blockbuster is enough to make some folks break into a cold sweat. Struggle as we might to prevent this constant stream of negativity from affecting our behavior, sometimes the simple act of trying to stay optimistic seems like a full-time job.
So why, you may ask, would a critic start his review for an animated summer film aimed squarely at the kiddie set with such a somber, serious-minded tone? The answer is simp...