‘Wonder Park’ review: This lazy ride lacks pure imagination


If “Wonder Park” were a carnival attraction, it would be the merry-go-round. The animated movie has animals, relentless positivity and the most predictable journey ever. You must be no more than 4 feet tall to ride this one.

An amusement park, called Wonderland, comes from the imagination of a girl named June (Brianna Denski) and her mom (Jennifer Garner). All of the neighborhood kids obsess over June’s detailed creation (she actually builds a minipark) and the imaginary beasts that inhabit it, like Peanut (Norbert Leo Butz), a monkey who builds rides with a magical marker.

However, when June’s mom gets sick (her exact illness is left unsaid) and leaves home for treatment, the depressed girl abandons her cherished creations for good.

Or does she? On a walk through the forest, June stumbles on the real brick-and-mortar Wonderland, and the very annoying talking animals there tell her she needs to save them from imminent destruction.

For a film extolling the virtues of creativity and imagination, there’s not much of either to be found here. The landscapes are lazy, and the voice work from funny actors such as John Oliver, Mila Kunis and Kenan Thompson is unmemorable. Call it Six Flags Meh Adventure.

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