Home is arguably Dreamworks' more innocent and naive version to Pixar's upcoming Inside Out, which I cannot confirm till I see the latter. It is a film so benign that I can't even bring myself to really judge it critically. It is definitely a film that is directly aimed for kids, with a message both pre-digested and safe, so safe that no one should have any real issues with, or talk about in any substantial way.

Perhaps the only real flaw with this production is its casting choice. Jim Parson as the voice of alien misfit Oh will stick out like a sore thumb to anyone who has seen The Big Bang Theory. Don't get me wrong, he does a fine job, but I think his Sheldon stardom and inflections hopelessly eclipses his other acting roles.

Rihanna as the human girl Tip was another sore thumb, especially with half the soundtrack being made up of her songs in any scenes with even just a hint of emotion. A strong, precocious preteen character that by now has been done so many times there's nothing really memorable about this reincarnation except that it was played by Rihanna.

Without spoilers, there is actually a really funny unintentional commentary about the recent refugee crisis, and just for that this film might be worth the price of admission.

Aside from that, Home is a passably mild animated dish of baby food served with a side of unintentional humor and a hint of self-awareness of its innocence and simplicity, which may not sate those who were hoping for more winks to the parents, but decent entertainment for young kids who are not yet ready for Kung Fu Panda or How To Train Your Dragon. It is a sign that Dreamworks is ready to reel in the next generation of toddlers and pre-teens, while keeping the now maturing older teens invested with their other established franchises.

6.0/10.0