While I explain the plot of Korean animation The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow I ask that you have faith that I am not making this up.
A satellite is orbiting in space when it picks up a beautiful song. So moved is the satellite that it wants to seek out the source of the melody so crashes down to earth and transforms into a teenage girl with the ability to fly and fire her arms at enemies. Unfortunately the young boy who sang the tune is broken-hearted and has been turned into a cow. This has led to him being hunted down by both an incinerator robot whose fuel is the broken-hearted, and a human villain who uses a plunger to extract the livers of animals.
“How will this robot girl and talking cow survive?” I hear you cry. Fear not. Our dynamic duo have the aid of a powerful wizard called Merlin who has also suffered a transformation recently. Into a roll of toilet paper. I don’t think any film I have seen at this year’s festival has had quite such a tantalising set up and The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow is every bit as silly and enjoyable as you might imagine.
The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow is not a film that requires too deep an analysis and I am struggling to think of much more to say than that it was a lot of fun. The visuals are reminiscent of Japanese animation with the style of a low budget Studio Ghibli film. This may not be the most original aesthetic but the plot certainly makes up for this with fresh ideas in spades. While undeniably a children’s film the humour is silly and funny without being too childish. Even the toilet humour has just enough sophistication to be actually funny and not repulsive. I laughed but never groaned and that is all I ask from a comedy.
What this film has in abundance is charm, heart, and magic. The bad guys are truly bad and the good guys are a little bit more complex. Our hero, the young boy in the shape of a cow, makes mistakes and hurts those who care for him but gets it right in the end. The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow is endlessly endearing and offers something a little different in familiar packaging.
Go on, indulge your inner child.
The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow has no UK release date yet but screens at the London Film Festival on the 18th of October 2014.