The main problem here is shoddy production values. The film was animated by a brand new studio – Valiant – with the help of a bunch of German TV animators, which possibly explains why the whole thing looks so amateurish. The characters are blocky and clumsily animated and often appear to be floating in front of the obviously two dimensional backgrounds. The whole thing feels more like a cheap TV show than an animated feature.
This bargain-basement ethic is even more evident in the screenwriting and the flat, listless voice performances. The writers quickly run through their limited stock of ideas, and begin stealing scenes wholesale from better films. But even larceny on such a grand scale can’t disguise the paper thin plot – again more suitable for TV than the silver screen.
All of this might be forgivable if the film was a little more humble, and if the marketing were a little less of a con job. The tone of the narration is so self-satisfied, so convinced of its own cleverness, you just want to slap some sense into it. Don’t be fooled by the posters and the adverts folks – the fact that one of the producers of Shrek worked on this film doesn’t make it any less of a turd.
In short this is the Ricoffy of animated films, the imitation polyester leisure suit of animated films. Rather wait for Shrek the Third - at least those guys have proved they know what they’re doing.
- Alistair Fairweather
This bargain-basement rip-off of Shrek feels like a half hour TV show stretched across 85 minutes.
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