- "No cape. No tights. No problem."
Flora & Ulysses is a 2021 American family superhero comedy film directed by Lena Khan from a screenplay by Brad Copeland and based on the children's novel of the same name by Kate DiCamillo. It stars Matilda Lawler, Alyson Hannigan, Ben Schwartz, Anna Deavere Smith, Danny Pudi, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Janeane Garofalo, and Kate Micucci.
The film was released on Disney+ on February 19, 2021.
A girl named Flora Buckman adopts a squirrel she names Ulysses, who happens to possess superpowers. She must protect him from Miller, a man who wants to capture Ulysses.
- Matilda Lawler as Flora Buckman
- John Kassir as the vocal effects for Ulysses
- Alyson Hannigan as Phyllis Buckman
- Ben Schwartz as George Buckman
- Anna Deavere Smith as Dr. Meescham
- Danny Pudi as Miller
- Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as William Spiver
- Janeane Garofalo as Marissa
- Kate Micucci as Rita
- Bobby Moynihan as Stanlee
On May 31, 2018, it was announced that Disney was developing a film adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's novel Flora & Ulysses for their streaming service Disney+, with Brad Copeland writing the script.
On June 13, 2019, Alyson Hannigan and Ben Schwartz were cast as Flora's parents. Gil Netter is producing the project. On June 27, 2019, Lena Khan was announced as director, and Matilda Lawler was cast in the titular role of Flora Buckman with Benjamin Evans Ainsworth and Danny Pudi also added to the cast as filming began in Vancouver. Filming wrapped on August 23, 2019.
Post-production was done remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Flora & Ulysses was released on February 19, 2021, on Disney+. It became an instant classic and received showering reviews.
According to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 70% of 37 critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The website's critics consensus reads "Agreeable if not exceptional, Flora and Ulysses offers a fun, funny, family-friendly diversion -- and a furry twist on the superhero genre." According to Metacritic, which assigned it a weighted average score of 64 out of 100 based on seven critics, the film received "generally favorable reviews."
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