Not as bad as everyone says
This film is best remembered as the 40 million dollar bomb that grossed
less than a million.
The thing is that it wasn't that bad of a fantasy film and actually
looks pretty good in terms of the graphics. It had an okay cast and the
plot was typical for this kind of kiddie film. War bad, can't we all
just get along. (Okay, the real world doesn't work like that, but we
can't put that in a kiddie film.) Mostly, it's just a paint by numbers
movie, and the plot is about as predictable as you can get.
Some of the big name actors disappear into their roles, while others
(like the ubiquitous Malcolm McDowell) are pretty obvious. I think
overall, the producers were more motivated by the craft of their
animation and less concerned in giving the characters something
interesting to do or giving them any depth..
No Advanced Warning
I watched the trailer for this; it certainly doesn't look *that* bad,
and might even be good. But I'm a big animation fan and have never
heard of it at all. How can a film make money if no one's ever heard of
it? Maybe this film isn't all it could be--I couldn't say--but it
certainly could have been helped by *some* kind of ad campaign. (I
can't believe I'm saying that.) You don't want your first customers to
hear about you from a story designating your film "a bomb."
Perhaps one of the creators or commenters has some information on why
this film was released with so little advanced warning? Was it
advance-screened for any critics at all? What's the scoop on the