While this adaptation is based on the popular book, it somehow feels unfinished and a little cliche. Perhaps the filmmakers relied too heavily on the international fame of this book and assumed that most of their audience had read it, and so already know the tale. Mostly what you get in this movie is Mustapa's lukewarm 'philosophy' set to music, and animation.I would have liked to see more actual character development and back story, instead of Disney villains and heroes painted wth such broad strokes that you don't really care about them. Also implausible is that an 8 year old girl would understand the concepts Mustapa presents enough to follow him around with such loyalty after one meeting. While the movie is visually lush,it sort of plays like one long music video at times, and was in spots boring.When I rented it,I was pretty sure that I would never actually own it to watch more than once.