The Magician’s Elephant came out on Netflix earlier last month. My wife picked it as she thought I would be a good choice for my stepdaughter to watch one night. I had no idea that it was based on the 2009 book of the same name by author Kate DiCamillo.
The story is mainly focused on a young boy named Peter. He lives in a fictional land that had been war torn but now is at peace. But he lives in a family that has very little money.
But he decides to spend the daily food coin on a fortune teller who could apparently predict the future. Peter wants to know what happened to his baby sister many years ago. The fortune teller tells Peter that his sister is still alive and that a elephant will guide him to his lost sibling.
Despite no elephants being in the kingdom, one does show up during a magic trick. That’s when Peter decides to take the fortune teller’s prophecy a lot more seriously.
But the elephant is not Peter’s property to do as he will. The majestic animal becomes property of the kingdom and the eccentric king decides to give Peter a number of impossible tests in order to acquire the elephant for himself. But can Peter actually do these things and find his little sister?
In honesty, The Magician’s Elephant is a decent little animated movie. It doesn’t hold a candle to something from Pixar or DreamWorks but it entertained me for one night. That being said, about 5 or 10 years from now I’ll probably forget most of the movie.