It's pretty disappointing to see such vivid, beautiful colors along with detailed animation and line-work get brutally wasted on a poorly executed premise, humor that's too fixated on various bodily fluids, and an all-around uncomfortable tone oozing from each character.
I can't sympathize with Davey. I mean, I get it that the death of his parents probably traumatized him ever since he was 12, but we never learn that until the movie is almost over. The hatred he shows towards Whitey and the rest of the people in Dukesberry, NH seems unwarranted, seeing as they were only trying to help him. Characters like Whitey and Eleanor, while both have good intentions, just feel like comic relief that's unnecessary--this is evident as they have little purpose other than to give out something for the audience to half-heartedly chuckle at. Like I said before, this film relies most of it's humor on potty humor and how shockingly disrespectful everyone is to each other. Oh, and Rob Schneider is in this movie playing a stereotypical asian character....because..I guess he hasn't offended enough races already.
The songs are a mixed bag. Some are tolerable, while others just left me feeling "meh." "Davey's Song" establishes what kind of character that he is(Not a very good one, but still); The "Al l-night banquet" song would be better if Whitey's voice wasn't so migraine-inducing; "Long Ago" is decent, with the exception of Whitey and a few others inserting random juvenile humor; "Technical Foul" is a fun little number, with the exception of a few times where Whitey's pitch becomes ear-piercingly annoying; "Let it out" had me questioning whether or not I accidentally consumed some alcoholic eggnog, but not too bad; and "Bum Biddy Biddy Bum" was actually enjoyable too, just subtract Rob Schneider's character from the equation.
The animation in this movie had me impressed. The character animation is realistically fluid and enticed with excellent line-work, the town of Dukesberry, NH has that winter vibe to it; adding everything Chanukah(Menorah, Dreidel, the traditional dance) and Christmas(Red & Green lights, Tree, Santa Clause, and Stockings);The mall looks splendid, even with the rampant product placement running about. It's too bad this amount of effort had to into a half-baked project thought.
Overall, there's some aspects to be proud of, but those are few and far in-between. Such a shame.
It feels like a jumble of recycled backgrounds spliced together with monkey puns, below-average direct-to-video character animation, a piss-poor plot, and an extreme disregard for continuity. Vanguard Animation had to rapidly churn out a feasible offering just to stay afloat. They didn't. The films they released never exceeded 35% on here or were even considered above mediocre status. It's for the best, seeing as how they never cared for their audience or the animation industry in general.
An instant favorite of mine. Visually stunning, providing a variety of surreal, abstract and well-composed scenery; saturated, vibrant colors; and a story that makes me feel like I'm on a journey rather than just watching a film. I'm certain I'll never see another movie as unique as this one.