It turns out, though, that the child’s grim mood has taken a toll on Wonderland, with the girl stumbling into that alternate reality — about a half-hour into the movie — forcing her to try to rescue her creation’s colorful inhabitants, consisting of a rather nondescript group of talking animals seemingly designed to sell plush toys.
At that point, “Wonder Park” begins to run off the rails, lacking enough heft to sustain the premise. Basically, June and her pals (voiced by Mila Kunis, Ken Jeong, Kenan Thompson and John Oliver, among others) careen from one relatively uninspired crisis to the next without much sense of jeopardy, loudly racing across the park on some sort of elaborate contraption.
There’s obviously a rich history of children finding their way into fantasy worlds in which they are elevated to heroic status. “Wonder Park” also joins a long tradition of movies that celebrate imagination and its significance as a refuge from harsh realities.
Still, the bar on animated movies has been raised not just by the usual suspects, but also relatively new players like Sony, which brought a dazzling visual flair to “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”
Viewed that way, “Wonder Park” feels like the kind of mild attraction that younger kids might enjoy when it hits secondary platforms. It’s just not an adventure that’s worth the price of a ticket or standing in line to see.
“Wonder Park” opens March 15 in the US. It’s rated PG.