All right 2016 I issue you a challenge- I dare you to produce a movie worse than Norm of the North. Yes my friends, the new animated film Norm of the North is one of the worst animated (or otherwise) films I’ve ever seen. Please do not waste time and money seeing this total and complete garbage. Literally the best thing in the movie is Rob Schneider and when you can utter that statement about a film you know you are in trouble…
Schneider voices a bear who can talk to humans (a gift never explained). He’s a prince of the iceberg and they like to put on shows for the tourists who take cruises to the arctic (I know they go to Alaska but aortic I don’t think is a thing for cruises?).
Of course, Norm doesn’t fit in with everyone else and misses his Grandfather bear who disappeared years ago. But things are thrown into chaos when a model home lands on the iceberg (you read right). Evidently a developer has decided to build a housing development on the glacier (because that makes so much sense…).
Movies like this make you appreciate more movies like Elf and Enchanted that get this type of story right. In Norm of the North they settle for potty humor and pratfalls. Norm’s character is also kind of inconsistent. One moment he is nerdy. Another moment he is the coolest guy in town appearing on talk shows and the like.
The animation looks like something made 15 years ago not today and it’s not even so bad it’s good. I actually nodded off for a few minutes it was all so dull and stupid.
I’m normally not a harsh person but this movie is awful. I really don’t have anything good to say about it. I guess congrats for getting a movie made. I know how hard that is but please work on the script a little bit more next time. I know they had a small budget but a lot is forgiven if the story and script are decent and there’s nothing expensive about writing a good script!
It’s disheartening when this type of film gets a wide release because I think it adds to the stereotype that animation is only for kids and that the medium is on the decline. In my eyes it is just a momentary glitch and every medium has those. Let’s just smile and move on.
At least I think the bar has been set very low for me to enjoy Kung fu Panda 3 this month! That’s for sure!
Overall Grade- F