Delgo

2008

Delgo (2008)

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Critic Consensus: Delgo features a blend of plot elements from earlier (and superior) fantasy films, with weaker animation and dull characters.

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Freddie Prinze Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, and Val Kilmer all lend their voices to this animated fantasy adventure set in a magical world divided by fear. As two dueling civilizations prepare to unleash the dogs of war, it's up to one troubled adolescent and his unlikely friends to save their world from unspeakable destruction. Chris Kattan, Malcolm McDowell, Michael Clarke Duncan, Eric Idle, Burt Reynolds, Kelly Ripa, and Sally Kellerman co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (17)

Although the film may be too violent for kids younger than 10 and too storybook for teens, it is a tale of mythic pretensions and can be quite stunning.

Dec 12, 2008 | Full Review…

The story is tedious, noisy and banal. It is also rather dark and convoluted for children, though it does have the familiar bombast of a video game.

Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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This flick is like a cheap thriller where the wisecracks always fall flat and the author couldn't be bothered to invent a new plot, so he just patches together some old ones.

Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

There isn't enough action for older children, or silly humor for younger ones; even at an hour-and-a-half, the film feels padded, and it's going to feel even slower to audiences amped up on blood-red Icees and molar-cracking Nonpareils.

Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A few magic rocks and tepid battle scenes do little to inspire interest in the goings-on as Malcolm McDowell and Eric Idle spout villainy and punch lines, respectively.

Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Delgo demonstrates how hard it is to create a memorable, credible-looking piece of animated entertainment.

Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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I really wanted to see this one... but disappointment was huge after doing it! I think that this story and the way it was set up is more for comics than for a film. Freddie Prinze Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, and Val Kilmer all lend their voices to this animated fantasy adventure set in a magical world divided by fear. The story about two duelling civilizations prepare to unleash the dogs of war could not keep me interested for a long time the way it was told... especially when it's up to one troubled adolescent and his unlikely friends to save their world from unspeakable destruction. It wasn't too bad as an idea , there was a lot of effort put in it, but the result was miserable... I am sorry to say, but my recommendation is to skip this one!

Panta Oz
Panta Oz

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Proof that the more writers a film has the bigger piece of Delgo it is.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

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Decent flick that attempts to return to the formula of 80's cartoons: Tell a decent story, remove as much actual death as possible, and have some sort of moral lesson. As to moral lessons, this follows and even mixes many old formulas: Peasant plus princess, downtown plus uptown, breaking of racial barriers, racial tension, Democracy vs Monarchy, Buddism, Christianity, treachery, misunderstandings, war...all that rolls together to come to a nice little happy ending which the kids will enjoy.

Chad Roesti
Chad Roesti

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Well, I couldn't not watch the greatest box-office flop of all time. Ever heard of Delgo? Probably not, it came, it went and that was all. Delgo tells the story of two waring races and how tensions rise when the Princess of one side goes missing. It's a typical fantasy plot. The animation is nowhere near the quality you'd expect from 6-8 years of work on this. However, the designs are rather impressive in places, and a beautiful and original world, that we could vanish into could have been created. It's not as terrible as you might expect. The tension between the two tribes is fairly well built on and the adult themes of immigration and societies view of it, are quite well handled, for a kids film. Kilmer's aggressive, gambling, but ultimately good character, also gives some sense that the adults were being catered for at one stage. This film is garnering more attention now, due to the similarities it shares with the Avatar trailer, but something tells me that isn't going to fail as spectacularly.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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