Posted by psgels on 15 October 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews



Well, so I finally managed to find this Korean animated movie: Yobi – The Five-Tailed Fox, otherwise known as the impossibly named “Chonnyonyeouu Yeouub”. At first sight, it’s yet another children’s adventure: mystical girl (in this case, a fox spirit) meets regular boy, the two fall in love, the two fight some sort of evil, ended with a Deus ex Machina. However, this movie makes up for the bland premise through its execution, and not just because of its nice graphics.

First and foremost, it’s a really enjoyable movie to watch. The cast of characters is full of quirky characters that at the same time don’t exaggerate their quirks, yet deliver them with subtlety. A lot of the movie is spent on diverse characters, just having fun, and the movie-budget animation did wonders in making them come alive. While it’s not the best animation you’re going to see in a movie, it definitely does the job in portraying lots of non-verbal communication between the different characters through their gestures and way of moving, and that was for me without a doubt the most enjoyable part in this movie.

Also the premise is also about the only thing generic about this movie. It’s a shame that all family-movies seem to need to follow these same rules (especially that deus ex machina ending remains annoying), but outside of that you can see a lot of creativity in the storytelling: the situations the characters are put in are very imaginative, the locations have a lot of ideas put into them, and the background art is absolutely gorgeous in their portrayal.

There are problems with the animation at times though: the characters’ expressions sometimes look a bit too much like clay figures at times, and you can see a bunch of lazy frames in which the characters are drawn cell-shaded in CG. And granted, at times some events are introduced a bit too sudden, and we still don’t know why Yobi finds humans silly, yet she walks around in a human form most of the time. Overall, it’s perhaps not the best movie to come out of Korea; they’ve done a story better with Oseam, and better-looking graphics in Wonderful Days, but nevertheless Yobi is a very enjoyable family movie with an excellent characterization.

Storytelling: 8/10
Characters: 9/10
Production-Values: 8/10
Setting: 8/10

5 Responses

  1. Denizen says:

    Speaking of Korea and Movies, Summer Wars has been released online, but with Korean subs.

    If you’re willing to watch it effectively RAW, you could review it.

  2. wandering-dreamer says:

    Sounds interesting, I kinda think I had heard of it before so I’ll try to check it out sometime.

  3. PL says:

    why does yobi get so angry at the boy towards the end of the film? I didn’t understand much that happened between her leaving in the middle of the night, him following her, up until his apology. Did i miss something that happened between them?

  4. Farrah says:

    I didn’t understand the ending. She tries to get his soul back to earth, but she sacrifices her own life to let his go free, right? And then at the end she is reincarnated and…. i don’t know!! Do they meet again in the end?!! It didn’t seem like itt!!! I’m so confused!!!! This is what I understand, and I cried like hell!!!!!! PLEEEAASSSEEE SOMEBODY EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT IS HAPPENING!! And why was she mad at him in the end?!?! Did she think that the boy told them she was a fox because he didn’t and he wouldn’t say so?!?! What?!?! I don’t even know!!!!!!!!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is gonna torture me for the rest of my life unless I know what I just watched!!!!!!!

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