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Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer is not an especially imaginative tale, and the animation is at times lifeless.
So incompetently crafted that it makes the Saturday-morning cartoons seem like Disney classics.
Wherever she goes, she leaves a rainbow trail. As a matter of fact, the film has rainbows everywhere. I stopped counting at 247 or so.
An exemplar of the state of children animation from that era if I ever saw one. Not a compliment, that.
Noisy, subpar cartoon adventure with lots of peril.
The animation is wretched, and the whole thing is so sickly sweet as to be almost nauseating.
Yes, it's a cheesy kids cartoon-based movie from the 80s, but it actually was really cool, the story is good and so is the animation. I enjoyed it, and I think kids today will still like it too.
Even in the world of merchandise tie-in animated movies, this Rainbow Brite outing is pretty terrible. One of the main points of the film revolves around the Big Bad tying a rope around a planet and towing it to her home with a spaceship. Yeah, okay. Then there are the unnecessary comic asides with two bumbling villains that don't work on any level. Over on the editing and scripting side, the action constantly shifts away from Rainbow Brite and her mission just to keep the ancillary characters fresh in the minds of the audience. Those minor scenes, though, last a whopping 30 to 45 seconds, never providing enough time for those sequences to do anything of importance. The end result is a film that goes beyond cheesy to so sugary sweet I wanted to get my teeth checked after watching it. Even other blatant money grabs of the decade like the Transformers and G.I. Joe movies included risk and, well, real world stakes. There's nothing like that here, if you include winter not being able to go away...and the people of Earth literally giving up because of the snow and grayness. Really?
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