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Narm / Rock-A-Doodle

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This is generally considered to be Don Bluth's most So Bad, It's Good film, for the reasons mentioned below.

  • Really scary owl designed to be a really intimidating villain pukes Lucky Charms. And his sidekick calls him "Uncle Dukie."
  • The fact that the Duke can be driven away by a flashlight makes him even less threatening.
  • That weird subplot with the dog Patou struggling to tie his shoes.
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  • Patou's almost demonic whispering of "Chanticleer".
  • The owl henchmen. They sing amusingly stupid songs and one of them prances to the table with a picnic basket during their last song, the same owl and another owl show a psychotic look during the same song, the second song they sing is about batteries and it's only about twenty seconds long, and if you pay close attention to them when Edmond shines the helicopter light on them, they cling to each other.
  • As The Nostalgia Critic points out, starting a Villain Song with "tweedle lee dee" isn't exactly a good sign.
  • Thanks to his hilarious Elmuh Fudd Syndwome, almost everything Edmond says is narm, or just annoying depending on your opinion.
    • "Jeepuhs! I'm a fuwwy!"note 
    • Multiple inflections of, "Oh, no!" from the aforementioned furry throughout the movie.
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    • "Awwight you owls, this is Edmond. It's ovuh for you. We've got Chanticweer!"
  • The bouncers' song. It's brief, corny, and little more relevant than the equally random batteries song.
    We'll bounce, bounce, bounce you all over the place! Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce...
  • Edmond's apparent Imagine Spot where he goes into his own mind at the moment he finally overcomes all his fears. It's obviously meant to be dramatic, but comes way too out of left field to be taken seriously.
  • The scene in which Chanticleer and Goldie are having their romance, during which Goldie serves Chanticleer several drinks; but instead of wine being served in an obviously romantic setting, the drink looks more like milk.
  • "No dogs, cats, boyds, or meeces!"
  • The entire "Treasure Hunting" song number, where all of Chanticleer's fans must wear penguin suits to attend his show.
    • If that weren't baffling enough, penguins and chickens both happen to be a type of bird, going against the aforementioned ban on birds during that performance.
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  • Snipes really loves his lasagna.
  • Hunch singing and muttering about his mother while breaking into Pinky's trailer to nab Edmond and his friends. A lot of the time it comes off as Charles Nelson Reilly just making stuff up as he goes.
  • Just Hunch in general, who on top of being hopelessly inept does a lot more harm to his uncle's plans than he does any good, primarily by screwing with Pinky's efforts to keep Edmond and his friends quiet.
  • The big chase scene isn't nearly as dramatic as it could be.
  • Goldie's overdramatic reaction to her shoes falling off. "MY SHOOOOOOEEEEEESSS!!!"
  • Glen Campbell's effort at an Elvis impression with Chanticleer when you consider how out of touch with his usual music style this was for him.
  • The Grand Duke's ultimate defeat, where he gets zapped by the sun's light and is somehow shrunken for his troubles before being chased off by a revenge-driven Hunch.
  • Edmond's "death" scene may lose some of its impact when you see he's clearly still breathing even after being strangled by the Duke.
  • Patou's narration through most of the movie does a lot to distract from what's happening onscreen; it becomes hilarious once you learn this was a last-minute addition to the film when the producers realized that test audiences couldn't make sense of what they were watching.
  • The live-action sequences, which really feel out of place and were only added to recapture the success achieved with Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Most audiences were understandably confused as to how our world and that of Chanticleer's could possibly coexist as they do here, and the film probably would've been much less confusing if not for their presence.
  • The scene where Pinky yells at Goldie, inexplicably causing her to fall onto the ground in pain and provoking Chanticleer into lunging at him. note 
  • "Life is Just Like Tyin' Your Shoes" over the end credits. While there's nothing really wrong with it, the already random nature of Patou's constant struggle with his shoes might make this song feel like it was trying to capitalize on a weak running gag just a bit too much.


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