Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (2023)

Rating ⭐️ 6.7/10
Genre Animation . Action . Adventure
Runtime 1h 31m
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Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (2023) – Ruby Gillman, a sweet and awkward high school student, discovers that she is a direct descendant of the queen kraken warrior. The kraken is sworn to protect the world’s oceans from vain and power-hungry mermaids. Destined to inherit the throne from her ruling grandmother, Ruby must use her newfound powers to protect the people she loves most. High school is a nightmare, especially when you come from a mythical sea monster family trying to blend in on land. This is the future context for the latest fantastic tale from DreamWorks Animation, the studio behind Shrek.

Ruby (Lana Condor) is an ordinary modern teenager, except for the gills she hides beneath her polo neck. All she wants is to go to the prom dance with her friends. Even if prom is a “post-colonial, patriarchal construct.” But this year’s dance will be held on a boat, and Ruby’s mother (Toni Collette) has issued strict instructions to stay away from the sea.

Acts of rebellion are inevitable, resulting in some worrying physical changes, family upheaval, and Kaiju-esque clashes with underwater giants. All the normal teenage stuff. Pixar’s “Turning Red” certainly has neater metaphors for puberty’s metamorphosis, but in lieu of originality, this film offers some intriguing tactile animation – the slimy seaweed breakfast Gillman has looks quite appetizing – and outstanding voice acting.

This includes Sam Richardson from “I Think You Should Leave,” who utilizes his cheerful and gelatinous vocal qualities to great effect, and Schitt’s Creek star Annie Murphy as a cruel mermaid, complete with Ariel 1.0-style hair. The film is also a sort of historical milestone, DreamWorks’ first featuring a titular female hero.

So, it’s fitting that 1970s feminist icon Jane Fonda rules over everything as the queen kraken warrior and Ruby’s estranged grandmother (emphasis on the “ma” part). She is the one pushing Ruby to let the light inside her shine – like bioluminescent jellyfish – and sharply correcting the continuous misinformation peddled by some other underwater animations we could mention. Forget what you’ve heard: “Mermaids are selfish, arrogant, narcissistic creatures with ordinary hair.”