Captain Morten and the Spider Queen
Co-produced by Cardiff-based animation company Calon, this cleverly-crafted stop-motion feature takes place in an Irish town full of peculiar characters and perilous adventures. With Belfast-born Ciarán Hinds and Dublin-based Brendan Gleeson providing gruffness and gravitas, this is a beguiling family-friendly animation worth fishing out.
10-year-old Morten spends his days building his toy ship, harbouring dreams of following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a Captain. After an encounter with a bumbling magician, Morten is shrunk to the size of an insect and trapped aboard his own toy ship, where he must battle against a wicked Spider Queen and Scorpion Pirate and return to his former life.