Picks and Pans Review: Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer

updated 12/02/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/02/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

Rainbow, the little animated heroine, has to put up with a lot. There's the sexism of the other characters, the vanity of her horse Starlite (who refers to himself as "the most magnificent horse in the universe") and the fact that, as Japanese animators are wont to do, the people who draw her make her so round-eyed she always looks surprised. Still, she has a dauntlessness that's appealing. She also has, in this case, an amusing adversary, a mean princess who wants to possess the planet Spectra, which generates all the light in the universe. She covets it because it is a diamond, and she has an addiction to jewels. (She also has what looks to be a poodle-sized emerald, which she walks around on a leash.) Rainbow's old enemies, Murky the colorphobe and his pal Lurky, are second-string villains in this case. Rainbow is joined by a boy named Krys—like most of her boyfriends he complains about having to put up with girls—and a robotic horse that can fly. Very young children may be confused by the plot, and parents may have trouble staying awake to sort it out for them. But the colors are indeed bright, the action relentless and the mood one of happy spirits and affection. (G)

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