We're gonna need to talk about this one people.
Since I'm a glass half full kinda gal we'll start with what I liked, even loved about this movie.
Wonderful voice-overs. There's not a dud in the bunch, but among this stellar group that includes Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Ferris, and James Cahn, two stand out;
- Flint Lockwood - This unapologetic nerd is done proud by Bill Hader. Flint is a fearless risk-taker (who else would invent a rat bird), but also yearns to be prom king, or at least feel what it's like to be prom king. Hader nails it, challenging the same I-just-wanna-be-cool vibe he played so brilliantly in Superbad.
- Earl Devereaux - Every time this character back flipped (literally) into the frame I smiled. Casting Mr. T to play the loving-yet-pathological town policeman could give Don Rickles' Mr. Potato Head a run for it's money as one of the great voice overs EVER.
But there were some problems.
Rat birds. Perhaps the most disturbing bad idea to come along in quite a while. "Why would you do that? That's just weird dude". Direct quote from my daughter.
Overly caffeinated animators. The amount of movement on screen is off the charts, combined with a brighter than bright color palette and I found myself wishing for an aroma therapy candle and a Tylenol. I can't imagine what the 3D version is like.
Hmmmmmm. Errrr. How do I put this. Uhhhh. ANAL IMAGERY!!!!! Jesus Christ I felt like I was trapped in a Robert Mapplethorpe cartoon. Way too much anal imagery for me to really handle with my eight and six year-olds present. Scratch that. Way too much anal imagery, period.
Yes, it's better than many other children's films out there now; but does the world really need hyper leading men, binge eating villains, and a sphincter out to destroy the world?