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  • Awesome Art: The one thing about the film that received the most praise is its backgrounds. While the animation itself is stiff and the character designs fall pretty deep into the Uncanny Valley, the overall environments of the film are very lush, vibrant, and imaginative.
  • Broken Base: While the film is not considered good, there is debate on how bad it truly is. Some, like PhantomStrider, consider the film to be among the worst animated films ever made. Others, like The Cartoon Hero, feel that the film is just mediocre and that it doesn't deserve the hate it gets.
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  • Cliché Storm: One comment on a Mogulus stream channel chat summed it up thusly: "It's like they got their script from TV Tropes!" For those unfamiliar with the film, a beautiful princess falls in love with The Hero, who has to unite their Feuding Families and fight the Evil Chancellor (though in this case the king catches on quickly). All that, just gleaned from the trailer. It's even worse when you add in the annoying sidekick, who is just useless until the end when he "saves" the hero, except he gets attacked by some flying frog things as a result...
  • Complete Monster: Empress Sedessa is the genocidal monarch of the Ando wastelands, and a vengeful exile of the Nohrin royal family. During her time among the Nohrin, Sedessa conceived a brutal war among the Lockni people after the Nohrin were denied land, ordering massacres of entire villages with orders to "leave no survivors", despite King Zahn's wish to parley with the Lockni, as Sedessa viewed them as savages despite their peaceful nature. After King Zahn strips Sedessa of her royal rank, Sedessa gets revenge by attempting to poison him and the Queen in their sleep, succeeding in murdering the Queen, resulting in her exile and the removal of her wings. Fifteen years later, Sedessa moves to restart the war between the Lockni and the Nohrin, seeking to wipe out the Lockni and seize the Nohrin kingdom herself. Throughout the plot, Sedessa shows gratification in harming whomever she can, taking pleasure in attempting to sever the wings of Zahn's young daughter Kyla and cruelly mocking her about her dead mother. She shows no compunction in disposing of those who have no use to her, like the ruling members of the Ando—whom she kills even in spite of the fact they saved her upon her exile—and attempts to stab Delgo the moment he turns his back after saving her life, having no remorse for her actions during her fifteen years of exile. Even her own loyal commander Raius is implied to be disposable to her, and Sedessa ultimately dies a vain, selfish outcast whose brutal campaign cost countless lives.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Generally General Bogardus tends to be the character most people seem to like, even if they dislike the film. His death was a criticism. The Ando such as Spig, and Spog are also well liked, it helps that their inhuman design makes them avoid the Uncanny Valley.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Sedessa DOES look rather attractive, which is aided by Anne Bancroft's silky performance.
  • Idiot Plot: The plot and combat all rely on the guys with deadly weapons making very poor choices. Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy shooting would be less blatant.
  • Love to Hate: Sedessa is a fairly fun villain. Anne Bancroft is clearly having fun playing her and her performance if often brought up as one of the film's redeeming qualities.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Sedessa crosses the line when she has the Lochni murdered, and then attempts to murder her brother and her sister-in-law over a punishment that she thoroughly deserved.
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  • Never Live It Down: Adler and company really gave this movie their all, but it's not likely they'll be raising much money for any future films.
  • Padding: It's subtle, but the movie has a lot of small moments which could be cut entirely without affecting the plot. Filo contributes several of these moments.
  • The Scrappy: Filo, voiced by Chris Kattan in a performance so shrill he seems to be trying to annoy even people who didn't see the movie. Even the people who like this movie hate this character's guts. Wordpress review Cinemablend AVclub Seatle Times.
  • Special Effects Failure: Let's see here — Lack of motion blurring, check. Little to no sense of weight, check. Stiff movements? Check. If it wasn't for the fact that it had a (relatively) low budget, some fight scenes with okay animation, a lot of beautiful Scenery and a rather long and troublesome production time, the film would have had worse CGI than The Last Starfighter.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Somewhere in that deep sludge-pit of bad CGI and worn-out fantasy cliches is a genuine fantasy epic with a strong Fantastic Racism message, but, well... that isn't the movie we got.
    • The much-better-received concept art - partly shown in the end credits - led to many regret that this wasn't made in a 2D traditionally-animated feature instead, as it would have at least avoided some of the Uncanny Valley problem (and hit the 2D-lover demographic).
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The death of General Bogardus.
    • In a more meta way, the history and fate of the movie itself. Imagine scraping up funds for years to accumulate enough money and fulfill your dream in form of an independent animated movie, then spending almost a decade of your life trying to make it work, only to release a critical and financial disaster as the end result, getting the dubious honor of creating the second-lowest-grossing computer-animated film of all time.
  • Uncanny Valley: All the characters have human-like faces with a fat, squat chin, a rounded cranium and a sloped, nearly flat nose, which ultimately makes them look less like people and more like a bizarre cross of turtles and cavemen. This didn't help the film at all.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Almost the entirety of its hugely overqualified cast, but especially Burt Reynolds, Anne Bancroft, and Eric Idle.


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