My opinion right after watching film
My opinion right after watching this film is that it is unlikable to generic. While most of the characters are unlikable and dull, with the story being simple, and the animation being disturbing, I was never really bored by it; still does not mean it is good. It is like a worse version of Over the Hedge.
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So the film starts with a group of animals living in a park in Oaken packing for hibernation, but their leader Raccoon (Liam Neeson) tells them that they do not have enough food for hibernation , but they will persevere. This causes Andie (Katherine Heigl) to go look for nuts, but has to go with the immensely annoying proclaimed Hero Grayson (Brendan Fraser).
So our main
ass character Surly (Will Arnet) is a pariah because he is too selfish and troublesome. He is trying to steal from a nut cart, and is finding a scheme to do so. When Andie and Grayson show up, all things go wrong, and…..
Andie thinks he should get a trial, but he refuses. The entire group then decide for him to be banished. As he leaves, he pushes his only friend and confidant; the rat Buddy (Robert Tinklr). He eventually joins him, and they find a nut shop, and then suddenly Gangnam Style plays. WTF. This movie is set in the late 50s to early 60s and we have Gangnam Style. A big issue with the music in the film.
We then get this subplot of the nut shop owners being thieves and it has absolutely nothing to do with the main story, so we will ignore it. Andie and Grayson find the nut shop as well, and they eventually make a deal to split it half and half. Why does one person need half of the huge supply of nuts, when Andie has to feed a whole group. Makes no sense.
So she finally gets her family to join the heist, but they are planning to backstab him because they think he is going to do the same to them. He gets annoyed that the other keep up bringing up Raccoon and how he would or would not approve of something, and he blows up at Andie, saying he is going to help himself.
At their second try at the heist, Mole sabotages them, and Surly confronts him about it. The mole tells him that the raccoon wants less food so he can control them better. This does not make much sense to me. Surly goes back to tell everyone, but no one believes him, and he insults his best friend and Andie for no apparent reason.
So Surly leaves to get his cut of the nuts (like he is gonna eat all of his share), but to only be confronted by Raccoon, Mole, and the rats that wandered the alley. Remember that the actual heist part of the film was only 20 minutes -_- .
Anyways, I am too lazy to deal with the rest of this, so here is the climax. Surly escapes and joins Grayson, the animals are stuck in a van, Grayson and Surly get to the van, where Racoon is outed as a traitor, and Raccoon is determined to get Surly. They end up at the river, where both of them fall, but Raccoon does not survive, Surly is seen as a hero, and decides to look for more nuts for the others (since he is so called reformed). And Buddy forgives him, though he was just bashed by Surly a few hours beforehand -_-. Whatever.
Th characters; oh my goodness the characters. Not only are many of them flat as a pancake, but they are also unlikable. It is hard to relate to or feel sympathy for any of the characters in the movie because they are so unlikable and flat. Oh, and another issue was that I recognized MANY of the voices in the film. Not only was I thinking of some Total Drama characters (the voice actresses of Beth and Sierra are in here), but there are celebrities like Brendan Fraser, Katherine Heigl, and Will Arnett. Very distracting. I am only gonna use 10 words to describe them for my own sanity.
The others are non factors and not worth mentioning.
The animation in the film is a mixed bag for me. Sometimes it is good and the coloring and the light is good, but the textures on the animals and materials are terrible. I have seen A LOT better animation though. Not the prettiest to look at.
The music in the film makes no sense. We are in the world of an urban 1950s-1960s, and I am hearing the bad Gagnam Style. We have a bunch of random modern music that is used for pop culture jokes or a cheap laugh that is not funny. Bad choice.
When the film was released on January 17th, 2014, it was panned by critics, hating it for it`s simple story, unlikable characters, weird animation, and bad jokes. In the box office (as of February 6th, 2014), it made $51,272,664 in North America, and $2,961,172 elsewhere, making $54,233,836. Remember, the film has been released for 3 weeks, so this number WILL change. I say it MIGHT make another $100 million. Oh, and they just confirmed that based on the “success“ of this film, there is going to be a sequel released in January 2016. Not the best to start this year of animation.
=18.5/40 = 46%