Based on a best selling Czech book series, Oddsockeaters is the story of sock-looking-things who eat socks, only one at a time.
Set in contemporary Prague, the Oddsockeaters live alongside humans but are invisible, except for a few people. They are the ones responsible for you randomly finding one sock instead of a pair, apparently.
Hugo, Krystof Hadek (Under The Skin, The Snake Brothers), is a small sock living with his socky-grandpa in a family environment. Early on, very early on, Hugo’s grandpa dies, or vanishes like a strange ghost, of a strange sock.
Just before he dies, his grandpa informs Hugo he has an Uncle and Hugo heads out to find him. As it transpires, his uncle, and his two cousins, live in the house of a Professor, Josef Somr (The Three Veterans, I’m All Good), who is one of the few humans who can see the Oddsockeaters.
The Professor is convinced that the Oddsockeaters exist and is doing his utmost to catch one, or at least see one.
Hugo, and his two cousins, are kidnapped by a rival gang of Oddsockeaters (it’s a very territorial business apparently) and he must use all his resolve, and his Grandpa’s teachings, to get home safely.
The Oddsockeaters is an interesting premise, we’ve all been in the situation of being confounded by a random sock turning up and, try as we might, we’re unable to find the other.
So, why can’t some invisible sock-looking-creature-type-things be the ones responsible? I’m sure it all made sense in someone’s head. It may have even made sense on paper (I’ve not read the books), unfortunately it doesn’t quite work on screen.
Firstly, we’re used to much better animation these days. This looks like pre-Pixar, the sort of thing you find on some random channel, way down in the numbers, buried deep, a film you’ve never heard of that happens to be animated.
Then there’s the dubbing. You’d have thought, this being animation, the dubbing would perhaps matter less, or not be so bothersome. You’d be wrong. It’s hugely distracting and, given the look and feel of the animation, it adds to the whole film having a rather cheap feel.
This is a shame as the story isn’t actually bad at all. As I said, it’s an interesting concept and, for kids, I imagine could be great fun. The makers just don’t manage to pull it off. It looks bad and the English dubbing sounds sinister at times.