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  • All-Star Cast: The film has actors such as Charlie Sheen, Wayne Brady and Hilary Duff, and that's before the product placement. It has also veteran voice actors in the form of Jeff Bennett, Stephen Stanton, Jeff Bergman, and James Arnold Taylor, among others.
  • Colbert Bump: Interest in the film increased substantially after JonTron and Nostalgia Critic reviewed it. The latter would declare this the worst animated film he's ever seen, however.
    • And before that was the (still somewhat obscure) riff of the movie by The Annotated Series.
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  • Creator Backlash: Many of the staff have nothing nice to say of this movie or of Kasanoff's hand in it.
  • Creator Killer: Mostly likely one for Lawrence Kasanoff, who was actually kicked off the project well before its "completion", and this was his first major project after he was trashed on Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Also one for its writers. There are reports, though, that Kasanoff is trying to make a Tetris film trilogy.
  • Descended Creator:
    • Larry Kasanoff, the director and producer, is also the voice of Cheasel T. Weasel.
    • Co-writer Sean Catherine Derek voices a mother.
  • Development Hell: From 2002-2009; released in 2012. It didn't help that completed footage was stolen, and had to be redone, very quickly.
  • Direct-to-DVD: Although originally planned for a wide theatrical release, it only ended up getting a limited theatrical release in the UK and being released direct-to-DVD everywhere else.
  • Executive Meddling: According to one animator the bulk of the more vulgar and offensive jokes were at the insistence of producer Lawrence Kasanoff (who also served as the film's director, co-writer and the voice of Cheasel T. Weasel). Plus, there's a review of the film on the British website of Amazon that mentions something suspiciously similar to the testimony above... and the reviewer himself claimed to have worked on the very film itself.
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    • On that note, there exists this Reddit page which contains an alleged (there is no way to verify them) collection of various testimonies from people who worked on the film, each chronicling their experiences while they were on the project at Threshold. One entry, in particular, mentions the following regarding the “stolen” hard drives:
      "The "hard drives" was the server room. Which is kept behind a giant, locked door that very few people have access to, and logs are kept whenever the door is opened and by whom opened it. They were never stolen, they were deleted intentionally."
    • Whether this story is true or not, it seems the only parts of the original film that still exist for sure are in the trailer, and this clip of Cheasel T. Weasel in his motion capture actor's demo reel (at 2:01).
  • Fan Nickname: Cheasel T. Weasel is known as "Shitweasel" in some circles, partly due to his Unfortunate Character Design.
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  • Harpo Does Something Funny: A lot of Vlad's dialogue is clearly improvisation recorded separately from the other actors, as other characters don't verbally respond to it.
  • He Also Did: Co-writer Sean Catherine Derek wrote for Batman: The Animated Series and Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures .
  • Missing Episode: The original footage that was stolen with the hard drives. Read more about it here.
  • Missing Trailer Scene:
    • The trailer has a Chester Cheetah cameo that's not in the final film.
    • Arguably, all of the original trailer could count since it was made with the footage that got stolen, none of which made it into the finished movie.
  • No Budget: This film started in the early 2000s with a budget of $25 million. But near the end of its initial production the completed animation was stolen which left the movie in an indefinite hiatus. Over the next several years Threshold Animation raised around $20-$40 million towards redoing the movie with the aid of motion capture technology along with numerous rewrites to accommodate the drop of sponsors. Eventually the production spiraled out of control for director Lawrence Kasanoff who was kicked-off by the investors who then quickly rushed the film out to the public.
  • Old Shame: Much of the staff regrets their involvement with the film. Many were unaware that they or their co-workers were turning in a final product, and at least one member admits he doesn't include it on his resume.
  • Playing Against Type: Ed Asner, most famous for playing grouchy, cantankerous roles, voicing the kindly Leonard the store manager.
  • Short Run in Peru: The film had a limited theatrical release in the UK before going straight to DVD in other markets. This was done purely to fulfil a contractual obligation.
  • Stillborn Franchise: Had the film been a hit, the creators had plans to turn it into a major franchise. Real-world food products based on those seen in the film, internet shows, stage shows (including Foodfight! on Ice), and of course sequels. This was all planned long before the film's Troubled Production, however. It's almost as if they put more thought into the theoretical franchise than the movie itself...
  • Technology Marches On: The animation was the first to use the then state-of-the-art Motion Capture animation from IBM. The age/crudeness shows as the film was released a decade after the technology matured, though the hard drives containing the original animation being stolen didn't help, either.
  • Troubled Production: Originally set for a 2003 release until being delayed to 2005, it became even further delayed when the hard drives containing all the animation files were stolen and the studio had to start all over again on an even lower budget. The final result was released in 2009, and even that was just because the patience of the bank that held the loans for the product had finally been worn out, leading them to invoke a clause in their contract with Threshold that legally obligated the studio to take whatever they had, cobble it together to something that could pass for a finished product as quickly and cheaply as possible, and then release it. What was eventually released was given a very small and limited theatrical release, again done solely to fulfil contractual obligations, and started to emerge direct to video in other markets in 2012.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The original trailer which was published before the hard drives were stolen shows more exaggerated, cartoony movements and gags than the final product. For example when Dex drinks a cup of milk the original animation looked Looney Tunes-esque, instead of the awkward jerking of the final product.
    • Various pre-release hype will tell you that up to 80 mascots and products were originally going to appear in the film. Some of those who didn't appear in the final film include (but are not limited to) the M&Ms, Chester Cheetah, the Trix Rabbit, Sugar Bear, the Coca-Cola Polar Bears, the Lucky Charms Leprechaun, Cap'n Crunch, The Alpha-Bits Pals etc. Several obvious stand-ins for them appear at the club.
    • Dex was originally going to be a human, as seen in this promotional image from early in development, which would explain the creepy bestiality undertones with Sunshine Goodness and Lady X in the final film.
    • Stuffed toys were made of some of the characters and they were going to be sold in stores, but after the movie bombed they were sold off to arcades as prizes.

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