Tortoise vs. Hare (2008)
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An animated film about the rematch of the famous race between the tortoise and the hare. I didn't like it much, and the fact that some of the characters were played by Danny Glover or Jay Leno did not help.
It's a fairly entertaining and inoffensive piece. The animation is of very low caliber and so on a visual level, it fails miserably. The idea is a good one but it mostly recycles ideas from the fable itself. It's nowhere near as cutting as it should/could have been. The vocal talents add most of the life that this film squeezes out but it eventually plods to a complete standstill.
The tortoise and the hare competed in a winner-take-all race and the overconfident hare took a nap, allowing the tortoise and his "slow and steady wins the race" mentality to secure victory. Fast forward a bunch of years and Mr. Hare (Jay Leno) and Mr. Tortoise (Danny Glover) are neighbors, still nursing that competitive fire. Tensions hit critical mass when a mega-wilderness race opens up the door for the tortoise and the hare to square off once more. But this time, they're bringing the kids, the brainy hare offspring and the free spirited girlie tortoise. As the competition wears on, the kids, unwilling to buy into their fathers' diseased hatred for each other, form a friendship and maybe the old rivals will learn a valuable lesson from their plucky, post-modern offspring. The film is filled with smart, yet cute trimmings that will make adults chuckle. Make no mistake, this is meant for children, but there are lines for everyone. Leno is actually pretty perfect as the hyperactive Mr. Hare, prone to freakouts and Glover turns up the folksy stuff as the fuddy-duddy Mr. Tortoise. This is not top-notch voice acting, but at least, it was not just crammed with stars as in Doogal or just about any other CGI concoction.
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