It took me awhile, but I finally took the time to look at the work of Don Bluth
. I picked up his allegedly last good movie alongside it's allegedly terrible sequel as a combo pack, so I'll review them together.
They say this movie was the last good movie Bluth made in awhile. Maybe it's Hype Backlash
talking, but I think it shows. It is an excellent movie, no argument there, but it seems too ready to break it's established rules for the sake of a quick joke. The trope naming Big Lipped Alligator Moment
for one, and the scene were a racehorse attacks Itchy for insulting him. There's also the Family Friendly Firearms
scene. I know Executive Meddling
played a part in it, but according to this wiki Bluth was Doing It For The Art
, so it seems like a bit of a phone in. Still, complaints aside it's a very well put together movie and I would certainly recommend it, though I suggest that you don't read everyone's prasies of it beforehand.
The sequel seemed okay at first, but then I realized it's pretty much the same movie: Charlie goes back to Earth for selfish reasons and meets a child on the streets that can (eventually) understand him who he uses for what are ultimately selfish reasons, only this times there's a romance subplot and a bigger consequence when he screws up. I would call Aesop Amnesia
, but Charlie seems to be less of a jerkass
than in the first, so there's that. The songs are forgettable other than the excellent Villain Song
by Red, and the animation is poorer. It's not as bad as this wiki made it sound, but it's still a pretty weak effort.