A few of Bakshi`s inventions, such as a rattled telephone that panics every time it rings, are amusing and well animated, but most of the characters are grating and dislikable.
| Original Score: 1/4
What Bakshi and his screenwriters don't recognize is that even dream worlds have their own fierce logic.
Watching Byrne, Basinger and Pitt struggle to bring verisimilitude to this cockeyed business is painful. And watching the parade of ricocheting doodles is just headache-inducing.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The plot is too sketchy to provide much of a framework, and the only logic here is the logic of fevered daydreams. Yet, in spurts, the movie's enjoyable.
Bakshi's world is typically subversive, anti-nostalgic and, at times, a brilliantly conceived grafting of two and three dimensions. Unfortunately, its ingenuity matrix seems to have short-circuited.
| Original Score: 2/4
After the painstaking technical bravado of Roger Rabbit, it's no longer possible to get away with scenes in which a cartoon has obviously just been pasted onto an actor's wooden movements.
| Original Score: C
A realm with precious little humor and zero pathos, to be admired only for its considerable technical achievements.
Even the eventual universe-shaking shag is an anti-climax, and by the time all hell rips loose just before the abysmally contrived happy ending, you're well past caring.
Mr. Bakshi's skill as an animator continues to outshine his judgment about subject matter.
What are the rules anyway?
A surprisingly incompetent film.