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...it's even worse.
All evidence points to this animated film being contrived as a money-making scheme. "Hey, we can create a cheap CGI movie and make companies pay for the celeb voices in advance by inserting their brands in the film!"
The result is worse than crass, it's abominably bad. It's so bad that the film has been stuck in production limbo for a decade and it hasn't aged well. The CGI, the story and the one-liners (oh God, the one-liners...) all bear the mark of genuine and profound incompetence, a complete lack of even the most most rudimentary story-telling skills.
What passes for a narrative revolves around supermarket brands coming to life at night. Rex Dogtective (yeah, go ahead and try to laugh at that one), voiced by Charlie Sheen, mourns his lost love but must soon save his supermarket city from the evil, impersonal Brand X. With the help of ... ah, who cares?
Foodfight! will bore, offend and anger you at the same time, such is its unprecedented badness. Please don't watch it.
I remember in 2005, as a young child who was just being acquainted with
the internet, learning about Lawrence Kasanoff's Foodfight!. The film
seemed unlike anything I had ever heard of before, combining dozens of
popular advertising mascots such as Mr. Clean, Chester Cheetah, Mrs.
Buttersworth, and Charlie the Tuna into one film that would resemble
Toy Story if its setting had been transferred to a supermarket. The
story of the film is actually one of cinema and animation's most
baffling stories of a film's time in development hell and still
captivates me whenever I scour the internet looking for a summation of
what exactly went on with the picture. The story is one of incredible
ambition, controversy, and an unfathomably disappointing conclusion. If
you're not familiar with the backstory, I'll give you a little rundown.
In 2001, director Lawrence Kasanoff, who was known for producing the Mortal Kombat films as well as a handful of TV adaptations on the franchise, announced an undertaking like no other - he was going to make an animated film under his own company Threshold Entertainment that focused on the events that would take place inside a supermarket when the lights would turn off. Kasanoff envisioned a spectacle like no other, centering on dozens of recognizable brand mascots that would fend off a new, evil brand that attempted to takeover the marketplace. Not only was a film planned, but merchandize-galore was in addition, with toys, stuffed animals, a potential web show, commercial tie-ins, fast food toys, books, and more were also planned to coincide with the film's release. Kasanoff called Threshold Entertainment "the next Pixar" and also banded together top animators from around the world to piece together a project with incredible ambition. The film was to be released in 2003.
So why is it that for a film this ambitious you probably haven't heard a damn thing about it? Well, for starters, the film's first immediate roadblock came in the form of a burglary in 2003 when hard drives containing the film, its animation, and its conceptual mockups were stolen. The animators and everyone assigned to the project needed to start from scratch. Nonetheless, Kasanoff pushed on with the project, confirming a release date of 2005.
Foodfight! never came out in 2005 and news of it became scarce and vague when it did manage to circulate. The release date was changed several times before finding itself up for auction in 2007 for a surprisingly low $2.5 million, given its ambition and $65 million budget. Finally, the film came out over a decade after it first hit production, in October 2012. It received a very limited theatrical release in Europe and a silent DVD/video-on-demand release in the States, effectively ending one of the most mindbogglingly convoluted chapters in animation history.
Now the question begs an answer, what does Foodfight! look like in its final state? The simple answer is "hell." This is a film that was clearly rushed upon being purchased at the aforementioned auction. The story concerns, as stated, a supermarket that turns into a playground for its product-mascots upon closing. The leader of this world is Dex Dogtective (voiced by Charlie Sheen), a crime-fighter who becomes incredibly suspicious of "Brand X," a new line of products that are hitting store shelves. Dex and his gang of friends Sunshine Goodness (Hilary Duff) and Daredevil Dan (Wayne Brady) prepare to keep the supermarket in their hands, but Dex increasingly finds himself distracted by the likes of Lady X (Eva Longoria), a desirable woman who keeps trying to win Dex's eye and the store manager finds himself dictated by Mr. Clipboard (Christopher Lloyd), who is enforcing Brand X.
To begin with, the animation is awful. This is animation that looks and moves like a broken Sims game on PlayStation. Never in my life did I think I'd call an animated film with so many colors and characters odious but that's exactly what it is. While the characters appear in a three-dimensional state, the backgrounds almost look two-dimensional, and worst, are almost indistinguishable in terms of what they're supposed to be. This is clearly animation that is not finished and was forced to be the finished product. Characters are very stiff when moving, have a peculiar coldness to their movements in addition, and many of them look grotesque and ugly.
Then there's the awful writing at hand here. One can sort of forgive the animation for looking terrible, seeing as, understandably, everyone's hands just wanted to be cleaned of this film, but with twelve years of production and a forced rewrite thanks to a burglary, you would think the writing would be marginally polished. And yet, Foodfight! bears so much sexual innuendo it's ungodly and very inappropriate for children (Daredevil Dan says to the sultry Lady X in one scene, "Oh Mamacita! Yo, sweetcakes, nice packaging! How about some chocolate frosting? I'd like to butter your muffin!"), Lady X boasts fetish-like lingerie as her primary outlets, orchestrating the fan-fiction version of her character, and characters speak almost entirely in grocery-store/food puns. There's no characters here, despite there being like thirty that are recognizable. There are just empty, hollow animated creations programmed to spew something that is allegedly funny.
Foodfight!'s existence and eventual outcome should be a warning to those who have an idea they see bold and ambitious opportunities for. Granted a burglary can't really be blamed on part of the writers and directors but an awful script, a premise that seems to exist solely as a corporate byproduct, fourth-rate animation, and incredibly unforgivable and unnecessary sexual innuendos can be. The fact that Foodfight! is a bad film is the least of its concerns; it's a morally, ethically, and visually reprehensible fiasco that scrapes the bottom of the barrel so forcefully that it's tearing a hole in its base.
Appalling, awful, tasteless and unfunny. CGI worse than a 1995 video
game, combined with stunningly inappropriate and crass double-entendres
make this an experience painful both to the eyes and the brain. Nazi-
themed products take over a supermarket, complete with Eva Longoria's
female Hitler character switching outfits between stripper schoolgirl
and fetish Nazi. "One brand, one market" she shrieks to the minions
gathered at a huge rally. Just vile.
I'm all for a bit of a bit of tasteless comedy, but it's got to be at least a little bit funny. And, please, not crass Nazism and innuendo in a movie aimed at 5 year olds. Oh, and even my kids thought it was lame. I hope the 'stars' got paid well - they should be doing pro-bono work for the next 5 years to make up for it.
Genuinely the worst movie I have seen in the last 10 years - avoid at all costs.
This movie took ten years and $65 million to make, and this pile of
manure was all that came out of it. The entire movie is on YouTube
under the title "Lets Watch: Food Fight!" where a guy named bobsheaux
watches the entire movie, reviewing it as he goes - and watching it,
you'll see exactly how bad and nonsensical it is.
This movie looks like it could have been done in less than a year. The animation looks worse than a 1995 video game as another reviewer put it. Especially watch the splatter and particle effects which look like they were made by a high school animation student.
And the jokes bobsheaux made throughout reviewing the movie were a lot funnier than the bad food puns in this movie. Thats all the jokes were - bad food puns, and farting jokes and basic slapstick. Hardy har har. The characters are just not interesting, enough said.
The storyline, oh God the story. Just the basic premise of the story is bad - a grocery store comes to life at night, and it's about to be taken over by Brand X products which look like Nazis. (Just think Toy Story with the toys replaced by food icons like the Hawaiian Punch guy, Mr. Clean, Mrs. Butterworth, and Charlie Tuna.) I'm not kidding, they appeared in this movie along with the California Raisins! Can we say PRODUCT PLACEMENT?? And ugh, I don't even want to go into the so-called "logic" of the brands and their icons. Don't make me go into it, it was so confusing it gave me a headache.
And they actually have well known stars here like Charlie Sheen, Hillary and Hayley Duff, Eva Longoria, and Christopher Lloyd - yes, CHRISTOPHER LLOYD!! WHY?????? WHY???!!!!?? Oh God do I feel bad for them - every time they go grocery shopping now, THIS abomination will haunt their very thoughts. Poor chaps.
All in all, THIS MOVIE SUCKS MAJOR BALLS!!!! I swear when I go to Walmart now, this crap will be in my head... the YouTube video made it so much easier to sit through, thank you bobsheaux! 1/10
Foodfight! is a cynical, cheap, patronizing, lifeless, lazy, unfunny,
tasteless, shoddy, disrespectful, offensive-to-anyone-with-a-brain
piece of unmitigated garbage, sure, but it's much more than that.
Because it is meant to be entertainment aimed at children, and because its message amounts to nothing more than "BUY OUR BRANDS, OUR BRANDS LOVE YOU, YOU LOVE OUR BRANDS, EAT OUR FOOD, EAT, EAT, EAT, EAT, EAT..." Foodfight! is not just a bad movie.
Foodfight! is PURE EVIL.
So far, the movie has only made $73,000 on a (shocking) $65 million budget. I guess there is some justice in the world.
Ten years ago, when Threshold Entertainment's hard drives were stolen, writer/director/producer Lawrence Kasanoff called it an act of "industrial espionage." I salute the brave souls who actively hindered the production of this film. You fought for the brain cells of children everywhere. I think watching even fifteen minutes of this movie has made me stupider.
Don't just skip this movie. Burn it, then bury it in a desolate field somewhere. It deserves to die the worthless drop of despicable piddle it is.
Also, *¢% Larry Kasanoff.
Words cannot begin to express how awful this movie is. Have you ever
seen Lawnmower Man? Remember those CGI scenes in which Jeff Fahey gets
it on with the CHI woman? OK, now imagine someone watched that and
thought "hey, there's a kids' movie here!! I just have to find some way
of slapping a script together, hiring the guys who made these really
cool graphics in the early 90s and I'll make literally thousands of
It doesn't appeal to kids, or adults, or even the blind apparently (a blind guy walked out halfway through saying it stunk). I'm not sure who's left.
This isn't just a really bad movie. This is a movie that, ten to twenty
years from now, people will be debating whether or not it even existed.
Like the animated Titanic movie, it isn't just bad, it is bad in such a
way that it will be considered inconceivable that such a movie could
have even been green lit; a movie where people will see brief snippets
and wonder if it was a real movie or just somebody's entry-level CG
For this reason, this is not a movie that should be watched. This is a movie that should be thrown into the basement under lock and key for twenty years until it becomes obscure and collectible just like Nintendo's Virtual Boy.
I'm not kidding. I have a Dex Dogtective doll, and when I tell people what it is and where it's from, the reaction is always the same: "Holy ****! That thing is real?!" The C.G. is terrible, the characters are one-dimensional, the writing is asinine, the jokes make BioDome look like Waking Ned Devine, and the talent of the voice cast is squandered across the board.
The only thing that makes this movie even worthy of note is the overabundance of marketing icons. But this isn't a precursor to "Wreck-It Ralph" -- won't offer any insights as to what the life of a marketing icon might truly be like (Charlie Tuna makes an appearance, but nobody comments on the fact that he exists to sell the shredded corpses of other tunas). Instead, all we get is a hollow narrative about how buying generic brands is evil. SO BUY OUR CRAP!!! Yes, it's that bad. Right up there with Manos: The Hands of Fate, Tentacolino, Birdemic and The Room: A movie so bad that some people just absolutely have to have it.
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Oh boy. This is probably one of the worst movies (animated or not) that
I've seen in my entire life.
"Foodfight!" summarizes everything what is wrong with all the modern animated CGI films that try to imitate the Pixar formula, being atrocious at every single level. I just can't think anything remotely positive about this turd: The animation is awful and poorly made (I honestly think that shows like "ReBoot" or "Beast Wars" looked better than this And those were done almost twenty years ago) the characters are obnoxious, unlikeable and (to add insult to injury) some of them are offensive stereotypes. The plot didn't made any single bit of sense, the jokes were dumb and inappropriate (I know that is a common practice for most of the recent animated films to include some hints of adult humor for the older viewers, but "Foodfight!" is just creepy. And also unfunny.)
"Foodfight!" is nothing but an ugly mess without any single redeeming quality. In fact, I think that it should be used as a textbook example of how NOT to make an animated movie. It is not even the kind of bad film that is entertaining to watch despite (or maybe because) of its many flaws. Instead of that, this is just something completely pathetic.
0/10 (And I would rate it with a negative score if I could)
But, when it comes to movies this bad, the important question is: Is it
so bad it's good? Well, not really. Most of the laughs come from how
terrible the thing looks, and that wears off after the first few
minutes. Then there's the absurdity of all the lame, nonsensical puns
and innuendos. I swear, when you think they can't get lamer, they will
prove you wrong every time! And lastly, this movie is weirdly and
disturbingly fetishist. I mean the love interest is a furry, the
villain has both a school girl and a dominatrix outfit and that's just
scratching the surface. But most of the time it's just an incredibly
ugly and boring movie.
So while it's nowhere near the "so bad it's good"-quality of the Room or Troll 2, it may give you a few laughs. But seriously, you're better of watching something else. And if you still insist on watching it, don't do it sober. This is beyond any doubt one of the worst movies ever! It's incredibly bad in every way possible. The movie is ugly, the animation is terrible, the script is beyond stupid and the whole thing just reeks of laziness, racism, sexism and cynicism. And thus it should be treated accordingly, with a large amount of alcohol. You'll need it.
This is without a doubt the worst animated movie i have ever seen. Shortly after watching a youtube review on this movie (by jontron), me and my best friend decided to watch it together. We went in with the plan to not only judge it for ourselves, but at the same time insult it for all it's expected awfulness and unintended comedic value... so basically we watched it to make fun of it. we sat through the whole thing and let me tell you how not worth it it is to see for yourself. Over all the "plot" of the movie is terribly written and so heavily rushed that the main plot finishes in just under an hour and straight into the big food fight sequence, which technically lasts for about 30ish minutes. The jokes they try to put in are very forced and just unfunny. They added in so many unnecessary and stale characters (no pun intended) that contributed almost nothing to the plot. my own personal biggest complaint about this movie is that overall it's just ugly, it's almost literally hard to look at the screen because of unappealing characters and mostly empty scenery. Just trust me when i say DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE! The movie can be best described as an endurance run, both me an my friend agreed that if we had decided to watch it on our own we would have stopped before the 20 minute mark. It's not even worth making fun of. So in conclusion i'm just saying not to watch it, it's ugly excuse of a movie that over uses product placement... it's simply terrible. If you really need to know what it's like then just watch jontron's review on youtube, it sums it up in the best way I've seen done so far.
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