Pil is a young orphan girl who has daily adventures with three cute little weasels, her only close friends. Pil is quite a determined and somewhat cheeky, mischievous little girl who is kind to those in need of help, particularly animals. Sadly, Pil lives on her own and spends her days roaming the streets, getting by stealing food from cruel and sinister people around the kingdom.
One day while Pil is snooping around the castle, she makes a huge discovery about the governor, Tristain. Tristain desires to remove the next in line for the throne, Prince Roland. Tristian secretly dabbles in magic and tricks Roland into drinking a potion, turning the prince into a half-cat and part-hen type of animal. Pil is spotted while making this evil discovery, and she is forced to go on the run. While attempting to escape, Pil manages to find a dress and pretends to be a princess, helping her escape to safety. Pil will embark on a brand-new adventure unlike anything before, attempting to help transform Prince Roland back to his normal self and bring justice to the throne, all while investigating a rumour about a secret treasure.
Pil’s Adventure is best described as an animation feature with comedic moments best suited for both families and a young audience. The film is packed with aspects of adventure and magic. Beginning with a basic premise and introducing audiences to Pil’s world and adventure, it isn’t long until she is discovered in the wrong place at the wrong time, sending her on a quest. As a character, Pil, for the most part, is pleasing, and her character expands further once she begins to have a royal experience by pretending to be a princess. Given the tone of this film, I confidently say this also feels similar to animated titles such as Shrek, Aladdin or even Robin Hood.
The voice work here is great, and the film consists of a wide range of characters who are all different from each other. The musical score is packed with various adventurous themes, which reminded me at times of films such as Pirates of the Caribbean. As a comedy, I was surprised to see multiple gags delivering a chuckle. One example is hearing about a Hitman within the kingdom who provides subscription plans that consist of bonus features if hired. However, as expected, some gags here are designed for younger audiences, with some characters consistently fumbling or making jokes relating to poop. Given the film’s themes of magic, some young ones may be slightly concerned by small portions of the film (which is a minor issue to point out as a family film).
Overall, this is a good animation film with elements focusing on the aspects of adventure, magic, and unlikely friendships. The film has positive messages, including being honest with yourself and others and selfishness. The voice work is great, and the soundtrack fits the adventurous tale that’s on show. The animation style is great with creative moments, especially for the various characters. As an animation, I was quite surprised to find that this film made me chuckle a couple of times, but no doubt, younger audiences will enjoy the over-the-top humour, including random one-liners and poop jokes. Thankfully some adults will find some joy here too (even if it’s minor).