YMMV / Quest for Camelot

  • All Animation Is Disney: See Serial Numbers Filed Off. Not coincidentally for a movie notorious for shamelessly ripping off all of the Disney cliches from this era which also has very Disney-esque animation, it's often mistaken for a Disney movie. One of the film's editors was even quoted as saying that they couldn't find any merch for the movie at the WB Store because even the staff thought it was a Disney movie!
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Try rewatching the movie under the impression that Ruber is a huge Disney Villain fanboy. Suddenly his character will make a lot more sense.
    • After they retrieve Excalubur together, and Kayley has watched Garret being awesome any number of times, and saved his life, and they've sung a duet, Garret still thinks she'll compare him unfavourably to men who can see. You could say he's kind of an asshole for thinking so little of her when she clearly thinks so highly of him.
  • Awesome Art: Though not everyone likes the film, Ruber's half-weapon, half-human monsters have some impressive designs.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Every time some part of the terrain, water or the plants act alive. Mainly during Garret's song, but none of it is ever commented upon or addressed whatsoever. The forest in which this happens is supposed to be enchanted or something, but even this is hardly mentioned. You'd think it'd be worth a line of dialogue or two.
    • In the fine tradition of musical numbers falling into this trope, I present to you "If I Didn't Have You". It's like they asked themselves "How many useless pop culture references can we stuff in for a comic relief song?"note 
    • "I Stand Alone" is great for an Establishing Character Moment, but what's the point of having your character sing a 3-minute song about his desire to be a loner only for him to haphazardly agree to someone joining him the second it's over!!
    • At one point the movie abruptly cuts from Kayley's group to Ruber just to show him randomly picking up and squeezing some burning coals with his bare hand. Then it cuts straight back to the heroes who just carry on as normal. Guh?
  • Covered Up: "The Prayer" is regularly covered as a serious classical-crossover piece with no connection given to the film.
  • Damsel Scrappy: In spite of few of her strong moments in the film, Kayley is nevertheless poorly prepared for knighthood. This is annoying given how often she speaks of being a knight.
    Nostalgia Critic: Young lady, you DEFINITELY need a career change.
  • Ear Worm: Despite it being a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, "If I Didn't Have You" is surprisingly catchy.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The mechanical soldiers along with Bladebeak have a lot of fans for their comparatively shorter screen time than main characters like Ruber and Gareth.
  • Ham and Cheese: The Ruber's shallow usurper character is salvaged by Gary Oldman's hamtastic performance.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Garret effortlessly living in the magic forest/swamp looks even cooler when compared to elderly Toph Beifong, a fellow blind badass, who also ended up living in a swamp when she wanted to escape from society.
    • Also, the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in a movie whose soundtrack became far more popular that the actual film. 8 years later, the actual Sonic series would receive this when the soundtrack for Sonic 2006 became far more popular than the game, which wrecked the franchise.
    • When Kayley extols the virtues of knighthood (grand adventures, fighting evil, rescuing damsels in distress), the fact that she doesn't know what a damsel is is made funnier when you learn that the movie is based on a novel called The King's Damosel.note 
    • During the Disney Acid Sequence "If I Didn't Have You", Devon and Cornwall appear dressed as Elvis and engage in a routine that can almost be interpreted as twerking; fast forward fifteen years to when Miley Cyrus' infamous VMA performance made the dance an overnight sensation.
  • In-Name-Only: As mentioned above, this movie was based on a book. Very few elements of said book actually made it into the movie.
  • Narm: We still would've been able to take Kayley's escape sequence seriously, had it not been for this:
    "Lead her to a place, guide her with your grace..."
    *human-weapon hybrids chase her on warthogs*
    "... to a place where she'll be safe..."
    *axe-headed chicken runs past*
    • Gigantic monsters are riding warthogs.
    • "The ogre's butt..." *cue dramatic music sting*
    • Big, scary Griffin opens his beak and out comes... Balki's voice.
    • Ruber's Song gets narmy when he says "Now watch me create MY MECHANICAL ARMY with pride," mainly due to the incredibly stupid looking dance he does, which looks kind of like "The Robot." Also, the way he adds pride at the end makes it sound he just remembered at the last moment that he had to complete a rhyme.
  • Narm Charm: Ruber's "song" is So Bad, It's Good. Actually, just Ruber in general since he sounds like he's trying to act like a Disney villain.
  • Never Live It Down: The film's flimsy attempt to compete with Disney certainly counts as this; in the film itself, the entire sequence with "The Prayer" ends up being this, playing over a convoluted chase scene which leads to unforgettable levels of Soundtrack Dissonance; not the good kind, either.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The henchmen's transformations are accompanied by ridiculous cartoonish sound effects and a goofy chicken getting turned into an axe, which really sucks a lot of the terror out of the scene.
  • Older Than They Think: The concept of a woman wanting to become a Knight of the Round Table originates with the character of Rowanne from The Legend of Prince Valiant.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: The Nostalgia Critic accused Kayley's image and opening song of being a ripoff of Belle from Beauty and the Beast (which wasn't even a decade old by this point), and also accused Warner of not even trying for originality. Years after the film's release, one of the animators also pointed out the similarities between Kayley and Belle, and also noted that Garret was apparently copied from the human form of the Beast. It's comparable to what The Emoji Movie would eventually do nearly 19 years later, this time with CGI movies from the 2010s.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Ruber's "Song". Despite the fact that it barely even qualifies as a song, Gary Oldman's scene-chomping performance and extremely over the top gestures make it gut bustingly funny to watch. Plus, it fits Ruber's loony personality.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: The film is not subtle in its attempt to emulate Disney, the exact opposite of what the original script had aimed to do before the executives stepped in. Audiences and critics were not fooled, and the animators have spoken critically of this decision since.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: King Arthur is mostly reduced to a background character in the story of his own legend; the fact that the griffin put him out of action early in the film doesn't help, and is an especially serious shame as Pierce Brosnan had lent his voice to the part.
    • An even more egregious case with Merlin, who gets barely three minutes of screentime.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously:
    • As Garret, Cary Elwes gives the best performance in the film.
    • Gary Oldman as Ruber, who manages to rise above the material he's given and makes an otherwise cliched villain entertaining to watch.
  • What An Idiot:
    • Who in their right mind would have ever allowed an obvious thug like Ruber to become a Knight of the Round Table in the first place?note 
    • Ruber's henchmen clearly aren't the brightest bunch out there, literally letting Kayley go during their respective transformations and completely oblivious when she slips away from the farm.
    • Garrett as a young child, when rescuing one of the horses, he clearly didn't move out of the way when a horse is raising his hooves in panic, which resulted the loss of his eyesight.
    • The knights of Camelot allowing Ruber and his caravan into the city. To be fair, Lady Juliana had been brought along for the purpose of causing the guards to lower their defenses, but nobody notes the suspicious appearance of the black-hooded Ruber or of the fight in the wagon between Kayley and Ruber's thugs until Kayley spells out word for word that it's all a trap.
    • Ruber himself for melding the sword to his hand; as unlikely as his ultimate demise was, he clearly never considered the drawbacks of that move.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • Balki from Perfect Strangers as a gryphon. Jaleel White as the comedic axe-chicken, Bladebeak. (Well, OK, that sort of makes sense.) But most especially, as the two-headed dragon (Devon and Cornwall), Don Rickles and Eric Idle.
    • Devon and Cornwall's casting could be defended, since both actors were comedians and the characters are supposed to be humorously mismatched.


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