Netflix’s 2021 computer-animated adventure comedy Back to the Outback is directed by Clare Knight and Harry Cripps, with a screenplay written by Cripps, and a story by Gregory Lessans and Cripps. The voice cast of the film includes known names such as Isla Fisher, Tim Minchin, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Miranda Tapsell, Angus Imrie, Keith Urban, and Jacki Weaver. The film is produced by Reel FX Animation Studios, Weed Road Pictures and Netflix Animation. Back to the Outback has a runtime of 1 hour 35 minutes with English audio available.
– Netflix’s Back to the Outback review does not contain spoilers –
Back to the Outback: Ugly is the new Beautiful
Locked in a reptile house, Australia’s deadliest creatures are showcased to the audience every day to entertain and scare them. Irrespective of the goodness that resides in their hearts, humans cannot look beyond the danger they indicate and their ugliness, calling them monsters time and again. Troubled by unhappiness and being outlawed by society, the creatures set out on a journey to escape their cages and return to the Outback.
Medusa aka Maddie, a kind taipan, Zoe, a smart thorny devil, Frank, a love spelt funnel-web spider and Nigel, a sensitive scorpion make this journey. They are reluctantly accompanied by Pretty Boy, a well-loved but mean koala giving rise to a well-observed dynamic between the former and Maddie about how shallow the world turns you when you meet the beauty standards set by the world. However, the journey by our strong-willed creatures is not with its own set of dangers.
Chaz, the zookeeper with his son are steady with the motivation to pursue these creatures and re-capture them. Back to the Outback offers a lot of adventures and life lessons on the cruelty of the world and how the shades between pretty and ugly are painted so strongly in our hearts that it becomes hard to love the things we deem dangerous and monstrous. Alongside the heavy sub-topic, it offers the audience light giggles and comic scenes too.
Even though the story of Back to the Outback centres around five primary characters and their escape, we are not limited to their views, opinions and desires. As our characters make their journey, they encounter everything starting from the Great White Shark to Cane Toads to Tasmanian Devils, who are ultimately all a part of the ‘Ugly Secret Society’ that rescue the beauty outcasts of the society.
Back to the Outback is educational as it leaves you with an impressionable remark that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and forms. Fangs, which can very well be a metaphor for braces that humans wear, are beautiful and you don’t need to hold back just because someone else is not able to see it. The idiom of ‘beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’ makes so much more sense once you watch this film.
Back to the Outback: Final Verdict
Interesting, fun and adventurous, fans of the Finding Nemo film series are surely going to enjoy Back to the Outback a lot. The film is surely a must-watch for kids and adults alike to see the shortcomings of the world and their ways and how it is neglectful towards the ones who don’t seem to fit into boxes and categories of positive attributes. It gives out an important and essential lesson the world needs to hear, now more than ever.
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