Movie review: Good luck figuring out 'Delgo'

  • Article by: ROGER MOORE and ORLANDO SENTINEL
  • Updated: December 12, 2008 - 11:44 AM

If there's a lesson recent Hollywood history has taught us, it's that not every cut-rate animation finds an audience, and not many deserve one.

★ out of four stars • Rating: PG, fantasy action violence.

Here is more proof that not everyone with access to the tools and talent to make an animated film should be allowed to. It's a focus-group film, from its all-star voice cast (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Burt Reynolds) to its mash-up of a plot and "cuddly" critters.

The animation's not bad. But the staggeringly complicated Tolkien-C.S. Lewis setting, the reptilian leads and the faded fairy-tale plot skewer poor "Delgo" before we can figure out what's going on and why.

The title character (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is a mod dinosaurish dude with an inexpressive face and ears that only a mom could love. He lives in a peaceful land where his people (the Lockni) invited the homeless, winged Nohrin to stay after they'd ruined their own country. Treachery rules the day as the Nohrin try to seize control. Hewitt is a winged Nohrin princess who is smitten by the boy who cannot fly. Malcolm McDowell and Val Kilmer voice competing generals, Chris Kattan and Eric Idle do comic relief, with Michael Clarke Duncan as the Obi Wan who teaches Delgo to master the magic stones. Did I mention there are magic stones? Never mind.

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