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YMMV / Leo the Lion

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  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: This movie has several hallmarks of Italian adult humor, which might suggest that the foreign dubs just didn't get the memo. If this is the case then it's basically mocking vegetarianism and liberal politics.
  • Bile Fascination: Well, it's not like there's any other reason to watch this movie.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Maximus, thanks to his voice actor and his electric guitar Leitmotif.
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  • Ham and Cheese: Maximus is just about the only entertaining thing to watch from the movie, in no small part thanks to Matthew Mercer's performance. Can potentially double as Rooting for the Empire.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The rape-looking scene of the zebra is even more uncomfortable to look at after the Harvey Weinstein sexual scandal (the film was distributed by The Weinstein Company).
  • The Scrappy: None of the characters (except for Maximus mentioned above) are very enjoyable or likable, be it because of being dull paper cut-outs, never shutting up, or being dull paper cut-outs who never shut up. Out of all of them, however, Savannah's kids and the turtle Leo meets at the bottom of the canyon seem to get this reaction the most from those who have watched this. There's also the monkey kid who enjoys tormenting Spots.
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  • So Bad, It's Good: An absolutely shining modern example, especially the ending song.
  • Squick: Somehow, Leo and Savannah have babies, which are a pair of hideous elephant-lion hybrids.
  • Special Effect Failure: The numerous slow-motion scenes are very unconvincing, looking like the footage was simply slowed down rather than being filmed and rendered with slow-motion in mind.
  • Uncanny Valley: Some of the character designs are rather...janky. Leo himself looks hideously malnourished (which is probably what a vegetarian lion would really look like), and some of the kid characters look a little too cute. Arguably the biggest offenders, however, are the kids Leo (a lion) has with Savannah (an elephant).
  • Ugly Cute: Leo and Savannah's kids, if you divorce them from their gross conception and awful father, are actually pretty cute.
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  • Unfortunate Implications: It's been noted that Leo grabs a female zebra and convinces her to give milk to the baby elephants, the leopard cub and the little monkey joining him. Not only this scene is out of place and generally awful (the zebra's daughter is one of the children they found and they imply they won't give her back unless she feeds all the kids), but the way it's played out looks uncomfortably similar to rape.

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