Probably the worst animated movie to come out this year made its debut today in several Californian theatres. Romeo & Juliet: Sealed With A Kiss is a modern remake of the Shakespeare classic...but with seals. Yes, it looks as dumb as it sounds.
If you haven't checked out the trailer then do that RIGHT NOW!
Now that you have seen the trailer, check out these clips from LA Times reviewer Sam Adams:
A genuine tragedy, although not in the Shakespearean sense...
A comprehensive list of what's wrong with "Romeo & Juliet: Sealed With a Kiss" would stretch farther than the unabridged works of William S. But it begins with the notion of a just-for-kids take on a play whose climax is a double suicide. Don't worry: There's no dying here. Just an unending torture, 77 minutes that feel longer than an uncut Hamlet.
The massacre of great drama might be at least forgivable were "Sealed With a Kiss" not so manifestly shoddy. The radioactive hues of Nibbelink's blobby, graceless animation sear the eye like an atom blast... most of the movie's voices are so heavily post-processed in an attempt to sound "funny" that what's left of Shakespeare's dialogue is rendered nearly unintelligible... In an astonishing display of poor taste, Nibbelink periodically breaks up the mushy stuff with scenes of Mercutio barking insults at his rival tribe - insults that are most often racist jokes with the offending epithet replaced by the word "Capulet" (i.e. "What do you call 500 Capulets on the bottom of the ocean?" "A good start.")... That's not suitable for all ages Â it's suitable for no one.