Unusual Yet Usual

Delgo (2008) voices Freddie Prinze Jr., Chris Kattan, Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jhamora is a land of two tribes; the Nohrin who live in the sky and the Lockni who live in harmony on the ground. But the Lockni are sent in to chaos when the power hungry Sedessa tries to grab power with the help of warmonger Raius. Young Delgo believes they should go to war against the Nohrin but his attitude suddenly changes when he meets Nohrinian Princess Kyla and despite their backgrounds fall for each other. When Sedessa has Kyla kidnapped it leads to Delgo with the help of his friends to try and rescue her.

Have you ever watched a movie and felt that the producers gave up on it, cutting their losses and releasing an unfinished movie rather than spend anymore time or money on it. I had that feeling as I watched "Delgo" an animated movie which was six years in production and featured the voice of Anne Bancroft who died 3 years before it was released. Those facts scream troubled especially when considering that "Delgo" has many familiar names alongside Bancroft's providing the voice work I had never heard of the movie.

And in truth having watched "Delgo" I can't say that it did a great deal for me with a storyline which reworks other familiar stories such as "Romeo & Juliet" alongside scenes which are reminiscent of other movies such as "Star Wars". Maybe the original plan was something more epic which would have incorporated these recognizable elements in a more subtle way but the movie which was released ends up weak for being so obvious.

It also ends up weak because of the animation work which doesn't seem to know who its audience is. We have this conflicted mix of creative looking characters but then with simplistic aspects and a lack of detail which means that this movie may be aiming for teens but doesn't have the consistently detailed look to appeal to them. Instead the at times simplistic animation work looks more fitting of a pre-teen but then the storyline probably won't appeal.

Ironically the one thing which I thought I would be able to complicate "Delgo" on ends up wasted. I am on about the rather impressive list of actors they got on board to voice the characters but unfortunately the characters are so characterless that these voices end up generic and lost.

What this all boils down to is that "Delgo" doesn't work and is in truth a disappointing and uninteresting movie. As I said I just get a sense that the producers grew tired of spending money and time on it so cut their losses and released something which wasn't complete.

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