Space adventure is one for the kids

Jealousy, fear and the menace of Simon Cowell test the bonds of fraternal love in Cal Brunker’s uninspired computer-animated adventure.

Establishing a brisk tone from its opening sequence, ‘Escape From Planet Earth’ charts a predictable course from conflict to reconciliation as feuding alien siblings put their differences aside to overcome the galaxy’s great menace: man.

A bright colour palette and cute otherworldly characters should hold the interest of younger viewers who relish slapstick and armpit farts with their mawkish sentiment.

However, Brunker’s script, co-written by Bob Barlen, doesn’t cater for older audiences. There are no close encounters with laugh-out-loud gags and the rickety plot has been dusted off from the vaults of Area 51.

Parents who blast off for this routine mission with excitable children should expect to drift pleasantly into hypersleep well before the 86 minutes are up.

However, the animation throughout is pristine, albeit lacking in personality, while vocal performances are solid, including Ricky Gervais as a sarcastic BASA computer.