Thursday, 7 March 2013

Delgo Review


Release Date: 12th December 2008 - USA

Production Companies
Fathom Studios (presents)
Electric Eye Entertainment 

20th Century Fox Australia 

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 90 minutes

Budget: $40,000,000 

Box Office Gross: $915,840 (USA)

Plot Summary
When a forgotten enemy 
returns, the fate of the world 
lies with a spirited princess 
and an unlikely hero who both
enter a forbidden romance
and must a stop a war of
two of their opposing races.

Voice Cast
Freddie Prinze Jr. - Delgo
Jennifer Love Hewitt - Princess 
Chris Kattan - Filo
Val Kilmer - General Bogardus 
Anne Bancroft - Sedessa
Lou Gossett Jr. - King Zahn
Malcolm McDowell - General 
Michael Clarke Duncan - Elder 
Sally Kellerman - Narrator
Burt Reynolds - Delgo's Father 
Mary Mouser - Baby Delgo

Story/Executive Producer/Producer/Editor/Director - Marc F. Adler
Story/Screenplay/Editor - 
Jason Maurer
Story/Screenplay - Scott Biear
Screenplay - Patrick J. Kowan and Carl Dream
Producer - Jennifer Jones-Mitchell
Art Director - A.W. Jackson
Cinematography - Herb Kossover
Animation Director - Warren Grubb
Visual Effects Supervisor - Floyd Casey
Sound Design - Tom Ozanich
Music - Geoff Zanelli

After reviewing RED DOG (click here) for Australia Day, I decided to begin work on the review of DELGO and watch it for the second time. It happened to be the second lowest grossing CGI film of all time and has a lot of potential of becoming a great independent animated picture, namely because of the fantasy and action and let's face it, DELGO didn't have the charm that people would want. The CGI animation is okay and most of the comedy is lame, particularly Flio who is ten times more annoying than Star Wars own Jar Jar Binks and by god, he is so irritating and even Chris Kattan's voice performance makes it even worse. Next there is the bright side, the backgrounds and designs of the creatures are incredible, the action is quite superb and some of the vocal talent like Michael Clarke Duncan, Malcolm McDowell and the late Anne Bancroft are good, but it won't save DELGO this time.

It's no fault that the animated fantasy epic had bombed at the box office and failed all of the attention of the audiences not because of Flio and the cliched plot, it was the result of lacking promotion or marketing and even a big time distributor. DELGO is an overlooked feature that is average, deserves to be forgotten and sometimes be called as weird and strange. If you want to see a similar movie that has an interracial romance and floating islands, pick AVATAR (click here) instead which came out in the next year.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

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