Kaena: The Prophecy Kaena, the teenage "chosen one" of Kaena: The Prophecy , France's first feature-length computer-animated movie, has Barbarella's bikini bottoms, Lara Croft's bod, Pippi Longstocking's pigtails,… Kaena: The Prophecy Kaena, the teenage "chosen one" of Kaena: The Prophecy , France's first feature-length computer-animated movie, has Barbarella's bikini bottoms, Lara Croft's bod, Pippi Longstocking's pigtails,… 2004-06-25 PG-13 PT91M Action/Adventure Animation Kids and Family Kirsten Dunst Richard Harris Anjelica Huston Keith David Michael McShane Destination Films Samuel Goldwyn Films
Movie Review

Kaena: The Prophecy (2004)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Kaena: The Prophecy | GOT GAME? ''Kaena,'' developed initially for interactive play, is out of its depth as a big-screen feature film
GOT GAME? ''Kaena,'' developed initially for interactive play, is out of its depth as a big-screen feature film
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Jun 25, 2004; Rated: PG-13; Length: 91 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Animation, Kids and Family; With: Kirsten Dunst, Richard Harris and Anjelica Huston; Distributors: Destination Films and Samuel Goldwyn Films

Kaena, the teenage ''chosen one'' of Kaena: The Prophecy, France's first feature-length computer-animated movie, has Barbarella's bikini bottoms, Lara Croft's bod, Pippi Longstocking's pigtails, and roughly one iota of the on-screen appeal of the lazy-eyed granny from ''The Triplets of Belleville,'' France's last 'toon breakthrough. Originally conceived as a videogame, ''Kaena'' is now, instead, a creamy-colored yet derivative sci-fi fantasy with a few rip-offs so blatant (''The Empire Strikes Back,'' ''Alien,'' etc.) that even kiddie fans not yet mentally agile enough to make sense of the loopy plot could pick them out.

That loopy plot in brief: Kaena (rhymes with hyena, and voiced by Kirsten Dunst) joins forces with an alien named Opaz (the late Richard Harris) to lead her humble villagers, currently indentured to tree-sap-sucking gods, to a promised-land sort of place. And this ultimate destination is, sorry, no ''Belleville.''

Originally posted Jun 30, 2004 Published in issue #773 Jul 09, 2004 Order article reprints