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Adapted from Tomi Ungerer’s 1966 children’s picture book, Moon Man is an unusually slow, gentle animation that will bore Despicable Me -loving kids, but soothe the soul of arthouse adults.

Ripped tonally and visually from the pages of its source material by first-time director Stephen Schesch, it tells the tale of – you guessed it – a magical man on the moon (Katharina Thalbach).

Bored, he rides to Earth on a comet, only to be seen as an aggressor by the egomaniacal ‘world president’ (Michel Dodane).

Light and subtly satirical, it’s a refreshing reminder that sometimes less can be more.

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Stephen is a freelance culture journalist specialising in TV and film. He writes regularly for the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the i, Radio Times, and WIRED.