My opinion right after watching film
My opinion right after the film is that I never thought I would be seeing a film that is trash like Norm of the North. Nothing interesting, nothing fun, nothing to care about, nothing to invest into, and nothing to even get your energy riled up about. This film is just utter trash.
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The film starts on an island in the South Pacific, where pirates are overseeing a bunch of animals, and we see the pirates hang the human Robinson Crusoe (Yuri Lowenthal) to see if he has a tooth. They bring him to the pirate ship to be interrogated by Long John Silver (Dennis O’Connor). The macaw named Tuesday Mak (David Howard Thornton) then decides to narrate two mice about what consists of the island, which is a lot of boredom, and he wants to leave the island.
Robinson bails on his macaw (who he seems to not realize flew off) to be stuck on the boats with pirates to travel around, with his dog Aynsley (Doug Stone) in attendance. Two cats named May (Deby Tinsley) and Mel (Jeff Doucette) decide to take revenge on them after they are stopped from eating the live chicken, but a storm soon erupts. This causes the ship to crash into the land, and the macaw suddenly does not recognize the guy who he was with earlier in the film.
Mak tells them to STAY BACK a few times so he can observe the human to see if they are good or not, and acts like they should, just so he could leave and betray them the send it arises, as he sees it as a chance to ditch them for the new world. The two cats end up surviving the ship, and board on the land to make things hell for the others. At this point, I want the cats to wreck havoc, just so something interesting COULD potentially happen. The kitties pounce and attack Mak to eat him, which I was here for, but the damn dog fought them off long enough for Robinson Crusoe to shoot at them, which they flee. He takes Mak to the ship with him, while the kitties gain sympathy form the other animals, claiming that Crusoe kept them hostage, and treated them cruelly, also “revealing” that he is going to eat Mak.
May and Mel tell the dumb animals to attack the human, while the two of them attack Mak and Aynsley, which has me hoping that the villains win this one. A candle ends up falling, causing the ship to burn, but Mak calls for his friends, and they soon realize that the cats set their dumbasses up. He makes it out, while Aynsley is blown up in the fire, so I guess I was half correct. Mak ends up bonding with Crusoe, and the other animals feel bad for him as they realized they attacked him on lies, so they bring him food, and ease up on him. We get these weird narrations of what we already know, and they all end up helping Crusoe to build a shelter for him. During this time, May ends up giving birth to a bunch of cats……… Alright….
Since I am tired of reacpping this boring, slow-paced, and pointless movie, I will say that the cats and animals end up fighting a few times, and the cats end up in the water. Pirates end up coming within the last film to put Crusoe in hostage (where the film started), and….. WHY is this taking place within the LAST 10 MINUTES of the film? Another example of poor pacing. Of course he manages to escape, while the cats end up sneaking on the boat with the pirates. Because they are so pathetic, they just let Crusoe and Mak escape, rendering all of this pointless.
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness. This might be the first time I give the characters section of a movie the score of 0. The main characters are unlikable and boring, the side characters are unlikable and boring, and everyone is just unlikable and boring. Because there is pretty much no story to this, the characters have no purpose either.
The animation is not the worst, but it is kind of cheap. What I mean is that the designs and settings are not unappealing to look at, but the textures are a bit off, and the movement is a bit choppy and weird. Nothing stellar anyways.
There are no songs in the film (thank goodness to that), but there is barely any score to note of. It is way too quiet, and when you do hear a score, it is easy to ignore because it is generic, and a bit too quiet. Very poor.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on September 9th, 2016 (in North America), and March 30th in many places in Europe, it made *giggles* 8 million in North America, and $30.4 million in other territories, causing a worldwide total of $38.4 million. It made back its budget, but the film was still a flop in the box office.
To make things worse, it was critically panned, with many people calling it empty, hollow, and half-hearted.
= 11.5/40 = 29%
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You watched this? You’re a brave one!
For the longest time, I thought it was a live action hybrid, so I wasn’t going to do it, but I learned it was fully animated, I won’t watch it again though.
I wasn’t quite as harsh on this as you were. It’s not good but I thought some of the action was well done and the animation had good moments. The cats were the real deal breaker for me. Completely awful. To me it was a lot better than Norm of the North
Honestly, the cats were one of the more redeemable characters to me, but even their motivation is extremely weak. I was definitely very harsh on this one, but at least there was something about Norm of the North I could rant about. This film is just nothing.
Oh man I hated those cats so much. LOL