Comedians And Children’s Animation: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that comedy’s favorite family man has tried to make the leap to family entertainment. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that the success of The Lego Movie and its sequels inspired other toymakers to cash in with their own feature-length, theatrically released films. The only surprising part of Playmobil: The Movie’s colossal, record-breaking failure is that the people who spent $75 million dollars on this doomed project apparently decided to skimp on hiring an actual screenwriter, and instead chose to have the same guy who writes the copy for their commercials do their 99-minute movie monstrosity as well.

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Playmobil: The Movie is an hour-and-a-half-long advertisement, but not in the subtle marketing way that most animated kid’s movies are. What can loosely be described as the script of this film is basically a frenetic, desperate montage of music numbers and action sequences that failed to grab the attention of audiences or even successfully showcase the toys it was written to sell. This movie bombed so historically and on such a huge platform that it currently holds the record for worst opening weekend ever for a film playing in over 2,300 theaters.

We do have to give Gaffigan props for booking the gig, since his performance as Del the Food Truck Driver landed him second-to-top billing in a cast made up of stars like Anya Taylor-Joy, Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Lambert, Meghan Trainor, and Kenan Thompson.

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Norm MacDonald, The Adventures of Panda Warrior (2012)

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Weird doesn’t begin to describe this Chinese-made knock-off of DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda. Despite the fact that The Adventures of Panda Warrior was made in 2012 and the production company, Legendtoonland Limited, had enough money to hire the likes of Norm MacDonald, Rob Schneider (welcome back to the list, Rob), Hillary Duff, and Tom-freaking-Kenny to voice the English dub, this movie looks like it was made in 1995 by a group of animators who were fired from the production of VeggieTales. As rough as the animation looks, the script is somehow much worse, as if it was written by someone who once had the plot of Kung Fu Panda described to them while they were heavily anesthetized.

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Norm’s performance as – I kid you not – The Lion King is so low-energy and uninspired that it feels like his participation in the film is just one of his long-winded, meandering jokes that got out of hand, and by the time Lionsgate decided that the film was ready for an American release, Norm had already gotten tired of the bit. 

This is one of the most bizarre films I’ve ever watched, therefore I would like to present Legendtoonland Limited with the Cracked Award For Strangest Animated Movie Featuring SpongeBob And Norm MacDonald.

Top Image: Walt Disney Feature Animation

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