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2012 / 92m - USA
Adventure, Fantasy - Animation
ParaNorman poster

The Tale of Despereaux

2008 / 93m - USA
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy - Animation
The Tale of Despereaux poster

Poor animation film, poorly animated. Less annoying than most of its full-on American counterparts, but mainly because it contains less attempts at comedy. That's about as good as it gets. The film seems to think it's a lot smarter than it is, the story is plain and predictable.

Flushed Away

2006 / 85m - UK
Adventure, Comedy - Animation
Flushed Away poster

A terribly disappointing Aardman production. Their stop-motion work is usually pretty charming, but when they go full CG little of that charm remains. Flushed Away feels way more like a basic Dreamworks films. There's a lot of noise, a lot of failed gags and 80 minutes later it's done, having left no impression at all.

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The animation isn't all that great either, which is a bummer because technical excellence is usually the only thing to look forward to with these films. The characters are pretty dumb, the comedy is so predictable that it has no chance of becoming funny and the voice actors do a pretty poor job all.

At least the film is short and moves about at a pretty brisk pace, otherwise it would've been true hell to sit through. It is quite devastating to see how poor these American CG animations are across the board, they all look alike, and they're all pretty much horrible. It's a shame they keep on making so much money.