Horrible: Asian Animation
When we think about Asian animation, we usually think about anime
and the like. But there's an awful lot of the rest of Asia, with an awful lot of animated series... and Sturgeon's Law
applies to them as much as anything.
: Merely being offensive in its subject matter is not sufficient. Hard as it is to imagine at times, there is a market for all types of deviancy (no matter how small a niche it is). It has to fail to appeal even to that niche
to qualify as this.
Examples (more-or-less in alphabetical order):
- Ali Baba and the Gold Raiders, from the same Indonesian animation studio that brought us Beauty and Warrior and Space Thunder Kids (see below). The animation's laughably amateurish, being no more than hand-drawn characters incongruously imposed over a 3-D background ("Popeye Meets Ali Baba" did that better with 1937 technology!). Despite being set in the Prince Ali Baba mythos, a guy wearing a Batman t-shirt and a fat dude wearing sunglasses and sneakers are seen, telling us just how seriously the filmmakers are treating the source material. The plot's ridiculous, most of the characters are idiots and it has one of the stupidest endings ever: the leader of the gold raiders (the main villain) is tied up and yelled at to get out (despite the fact he's tied up)...and then the words "Ali Baba and the Gold Raiders" appear on the screen and the credits roll. If you don't want to watch the thing, or want more than just Bile Fascination, check out MarzGurl's review.
- Beauty and Warrior, "The Worst Anime Ever," is what happens when you let a financial company make a movie that's not just a commercial. Deplorable dubbing, abysmal animation, and painfully obvious overused Stock Footage. The plot is boring, incomprehensible, and almost nonexistent. Its most glaring flaw, however, is that it only has two or three character designs. The only difference between the two brothers, for instance, is eye color. The movie's one "saving grace" is that it's only about 50 minutes long. For an in-depth analysis, check out MarzGurl's review.
- The camera has a seizure every time a plot twist happens. There's a lot of random zooming on people's shocked, slack-jawed faces, and those shots are held for a while. It hurts the eyes.
- Funnily enough, random zooming is a common (and frequently abused) trope in 90% of Indonesian shows, animated or not.
- Blue Seagull, an obscure South Korean animated movie from 1994 that suffers from poor animation that is sometimes recycled, hideous artwork, an incoherent plot, unnecessary sex scenes that add nothing to the story, uninteresting and bland characters, weak pacing, quick jump cuts, and horrible English subtitles.
- Kiara the Brave is an obvious mockbuster of Pixar's Brave, filled with the terribly dated and jerky CGI animation, child pandering dialogue, and weak voice acting that we've come to expect from titles like these. But what makes a title like this in particular so horrible is that it isn't based on Brave at ALL. While the ripoff heroine is on the box, the movie is a total Bait and Switch. It turns out this movie was actually released in 2011 under the name "Super K", and the princess character was marketed to fool people into thinking it was related to the more recent movie. The real movie is centered around an unsubtle plot making reference to global warming involving a superpowered Indian child who can control the weather. It's terrible too, but at least it's not pretending to be something it isn't. Cinematic Excrement took a look at this garbage so you don't have to.
- The King of Tibetan Antelope is a 2010 animated miniseries by Shenzen Films. The plot is about a young Tibetan antelope who wonders off to the "Way of the Antelope's Home" with friends after losing his mother. Basically, it's very reminiscient to two greater Disney features, only substituting Bambi's deer with antelope (The antelope's faces are very similar to the faces of the lions in The Lion King), and directly lifting the "Circle of Life" sequence, the Pride Rock pose, the orphan plot element, and so forth from The Lion King. Characters are Cel Shaded, making the series resembling a Happy2Doo film and it looks like a cheap and flat-out attempt to achieve traditional animation visuals. And then the environments are Conspicuous CG and looks like it's straight from a Playstation One game. Some animations are very horrible too, for example, when the walking animation of an adult antelope stops in poor timing after her model's movement in the beginning. Here is a video of the first episode with English subtitles.
- Legend of The Condor Hero, which is an anime adaptation of Jin Yong's The Return of the Condor Heroesnote . Do note that only the first 26 episodes were actually made by Nippon Animation. But as a series of production issues, low ratings and glaring deviations from the source material made them hand the series over to Hong Kong studio Jade Animation while they stayed to handle character designs. As a result the series suffered from a huge drop in quality, reused animations (especially in the Xiangyang arc) and even slower pacing than the anime. Only a select few post-Nippon episodes are better-drawn but the special effects look fake and did not blend well with the animation style. The only saving grace is that the Hong Kong episodes are closer to the original novel and actually cleaned some mess the anime made with the continuity because they have more episodes allocated for them.
- The Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit (Tu Xia Chuan Qi), a Chinese film that is very obviously a Kung Fu Panda mockbuster, only with a rabbit who looks like a mix of Miyamoto Usagi, Richard Watterson, and a Moogle, voiced by Jon Heder in a Simpleton Voice. One of the other voice actresses is Rebecca Black, and the creators are proud of the fact that they snagged the singer of the notorious "Friday". It has a 3.3 on IMDb, a 2/5 on Redbox, and this review gave it a D-plus. The film got somewhat popular in the US by distribution in Redbox machines and Walmart. Watch the trailer here.
- It's DA. NUTSHACK! The Nutshack is the first animated TV show aimed directly at Filipino-Americans. Horrendous characters, embarrassingly-awful animation, terrible voice acting, and a childish approach to...well, everything. It would be horrendous for something on Newgrounds, let alone television. And if the intro wasn't enough to scare you away... Made worse by the fact that it's a wholesale rip-off of Friday: The Animated Series. See The Annotated Series riff on YouTube.
- Shen Shou Jing Gang (also known as Celestial Warriors) is clearly a rip-off of a certain popular show. The main hero is the yellow ranger (though, to be fair, since the show uses The Four Gods, it's obvious that he is meant to be the Yellow Dragon, which is kind of the king of those beasties). Have we mentioned the awful Conspicuous CG yet? And why haven't its licensing agent notice what it rips-off? More info.
- Space Thunder Kids, an animated movie straight from Korea about the Dark Empire trying to conquer the universe and three children that try to stop them with their Humongous Mechas. Of course, the movie follows the plot very loosely as it Jump Cuts often, leaving the story with a lot of unanswered questions. Off Model plagues this movie as characters (many of which are blatant anime knockoffs) are constantly drawn differently and have very strange facial expressions. The whole incoherent mess was made by copypasting eight different movies, including Mockbusters of Mazinger Z and TRON.
- Arguably the only redeeming factor about this movie is the occasional bits of weirdnessnote such as funny faces, random plot points thrown in and out and the infamous tank scene.
- Tales in Mushroom Village is a 2010 CG animated series by Anhui Lister 3D Animation from China. It's filled with humanoid animals who looked too scary in anyway (the yellow one has a strange resemblance to a Pikachu). The faces are dull and too detailed, as well as sloppy animation, unrealistic effects (one scene shown even has some gameplay footage of a King of Fighters game for some odd reason), scary movements, and one scene, an unidentified object tossed above the village. The show's licensing agent says that it was a sci-fi series, but existing footage (only one video so far) didn't show any sense of it. The Chinese name (蘑菇村的故事) conflicts with a more popular series starring anthropomorphic mushrooms, who they're way better than the CG show, and even The Smurfs. Have a look on the worst, and the description, and cover. Don't forget to translate the comments.
- Thunder Prince. A Korean animated Cliché Storm that makes the Inheritance Cycle look original, it contains inconsistent character designs that make Jack Chick's shittier illustrations look like Dave Gibbons', and a spectacularly gory scene of the sidekick monkey playing around with the constituent humors of a snake's eyeballs, which the creators felt the need to flashback to for no apparent reason. The Big Bad undergoes instantaneous Badass Decay, and the back of the tape gives away the ending.
- Your eyes will burn from watching any movie from Xu You Ji, a company that Chinese families can supposedly pay $275 to feature their child in a movie. The example linked here not only does completely rips off the mecha from Gundam SEED and bizarrely use the cast from Monsters vs. Aliens as the villains, it also features horrible CG-rendered kid protagonists in plugsuits. Moreover, it uses music from Code Geass and Mobile Suit Gundam 00 in fairly inappropriate times (the music that plays during a certain character's death scene in Code Geass, for example, is used as the opening song). All in all, the unnerving combination of Uncanny Valley children and countless copyright violations has attracted much hate across the entire internet and led to demands to shut down the company.
- Another notorious work from Xu You Ji features a Chinese girl saving her castle by the sea and a unicorn. The villain arrived to the scene to bring evil, but the girl transformed herself into a mermaid to go underwater to find a fairy. About EVERYTHING underwater (and the song "Under the Sea") is stolen with original content like characters, considering that the backgrounds were from Finding Nemo if you notice the anemone and fish.