If there's one thing I can't stand, is a talented animator who tries so hard, but results in total disaster. Phil Nibbelink, one of the many animators who participated in such films such as The Fox and the Hound, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and The Great Mouse Detective (and much more), had spent 4 years ON HIS OWN to animate, direct, write, voice act and edit (also some music) this one project: Romeo and Juliet but with animated seals... not that there's anything wrong with that. I have told some students about what this movie's about, and they cringed in confusion. The idea, when spoken might sound silly, but if you add,; "But it was good." the audience could have been proven wrong. It COULD have worked, if it was done well. I know that this movie was intended for a younger audience, but that doesn't mean that they wouldn't notice the problems. Children are more observant than adults because they are naturally driven to discovery. The character designs for Romeo and Juliet, are way to childish (looks too young). At first I thought Mercutio was Romeo. He just seemed like the type, he looked the right age (and a lot more attractive). When I heard Romeo's voice, being what I assume is the voice of a matured 17 year-old, while Romeo looks no older than 7! That's like giving Jake Lloyd the voice of James Earl Jones... IT DOESN'T WORK!!! And, to see these "young" characters in love with each other made me feel unclean. But, all and all, the characters were at least somewhat enjoyable, especially Friar Lawrence (until he started rapping...), but the one character that ruined the whole movie for me, was Kissy the Kissing Goldfish... yes, it's true. There is no reason for this character to be in this movie. NONE!!! It feels as if she was supposed to be in another movie but got lost and ended up in this one and didn't even realize it. I'M NOT JABBING AT PHIL NIBBELINK'S DAUGHTER who did the voice-JUST THE CHARACTER. I couldn't help but to throw my arms back and yelp "Aw COME ON-Not you again!!!" Even when the movie drew me into it, she pops up and ruins the flow of the movie. Just when I could sympathize with Romeo being banished, Kissy pops up and sais one of the stupidest lines I've ever heard: "I don't like the ocean, it's too wet." ...Excuse me, but you NEED that wet stuff to BREATHE and LIVE... YOU-ARE-A-FISH!!! And singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star didn't keep me from falling off the edge of sanity either. Aside from the characters, the continuity was the biggest problem. Mercutio has this big death scene where the Prince chases after him and throws him off a cliff (even though in the play, the Prince never touched him). not to long afterwards, literally 2 to 3 scenes later, the camera dollies backwards and we see and hear Mercutio... alive and breathing. WHAT??? he even shows up at the end during the part when the Montagues and Capulets cry over the "death" of Romeo and Juliet,... surfing and joking around. The shark somehow loses his pectoral fins, sea otters could talk and breath under water, and nobody dies (which is good, considering the target audience for this movie. The animation... beautiful. It's great that these characters are so rubbery and fluid in their movements, they can still maintain their volume. in fact, the animation got progressively better throughout the movie. It's just the designs I had trouble with. More amazingly, he managed to do all this on his own. So if the question be asked, "Is it possible for one person to create a whole movie on his own (animated wise)? Yes. But if asked, "Is it possible for one person to create a whole movie on his own, and be done well?" Not in this case. There's nothing wrong with an artist working on an independent project, but when in the industry, reference and brainstorming is essential. As for this movie, it was great in visuals, but bad in everything else. Maybe bad is too strong a word... I just feel bad saying these things about this movie, because, I really admire this animator, definitely in my top 10. It's like reviewing one of Don Bluth's later films without saying something that might offend him. They both worked in the same industry. I'm not sure what was the motivation behind making this movie, but there was still hope that this could have been a better movie. Take it for what it's worth. I rate this movie 4.2/10.