FANTASTIC 4ORCE; FREEDOM FORCE
The Illusionauts reminds of The Pagemaster (1994), an animated film that had a young boy travelling through the lands of fiction. Here a similar premise is given a thin patina of science-fictional rationalism by the introduction of the improbable device known as The Illusionarium not unakin to the mental projection device used in The Cell (2000), which itself involved wave of the wand science that allows a group of kids to be transported inside the authors imagination and influence the outcome of the stories. It should be said that not a huge amount has gone into working out how such as device might work.
The initial appeal The Illusionauts had when one read its premise was of something on the order of the mind-boggling playfulness of one of Jasper Ffordes Thursday Next books about a detective policing the world of literary fiction and making sure classic stories play out as they should. Instead, The Illusionauts operates more on the level of something like Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014), an animated romp with children hopping from one historic adventure to the next. To this extent, the film has been slung together for no real other purpose than to have a bunch of kids having adventures in scenes from various of Jules Vernes stories. (The author in the story whose imagination is entered is Jules Verne in all but name why they didnt use Verne is a mystery given that his works been in public domain for decades). Thus the kids end up aboard the rocketship from From the Earth to the Moon (1865), fighting the giant squid from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), pursued by lions in the balloon from Around the World in 80 Days (1873). There is little more to the film beyond that and a cliche super-villain to drive the scheme along and even more wave of the wand science devices to allow the giant squid to be manifested at the climax and rampage through the streets of Paris.
The Peruvians animators fail to do anything remarkable with the CGI animation and the film looks like little more than a work that was produced circa the late 1990s. The premise is a good one and something that a better film could have had a field day with but the relentless pitching of the show to a juvenile audience fairly much dooms The Illusionauts to those in the single digit age group.