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Delgo -- In a magical world, the land of Jhamora is torn apart by the mutual prejudice of two peoples.  Delgo (Freddie Prinze Jr.) joins forces with a sworn enemy to save the land.
Delgo -- Delgo, an adventurous but naive teenager, must rally his group of friends to protect their world from conflict between the Lockni and Nohrin people.
Delgo -- In a divided land, it takes a rebellious boy, Delgo (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), and his clandestine love for a princess of an opposing race, Kyla (Jennifer Low Hewitt), to stop a war orchestrated by a power hungry villain. In theaters, December 12.


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In a divided land, a troubled youth and some unlikely friends must save the world from itself.
Delgo, an adventurous but naive teenager, must rally his group of friends to protect their world from conflict between the Lockni and Nohrin people. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Delgo (voice)

Chris Kattan ... Filo (voice)

Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Princess Kyla (voice)

Anne Bancroft ... Sedessa (voice)

Val Kilmer ... Bogardus (voice)

Malcolm McDowell ... Raius (voice)

Michael Clarke Duncan ... Elder Marley (voice)

Louis Gossett Jr. ... King Zahn (voice)

Eric Idle ... Spig (voice)

Burt Reynolds ... Delgo's Father (voice)

Kelly Ripa ... Kurrin (voice)

Sally Kellerman ... Narrator (voice)
Jed Rhein ... Ando

Melissa McBride ... Miss Sutley / Elder Pearo (voice)
Jeff Winter ... Giddy / Lockni Man (voice)
Jeffrey Winter ... Giddy / Lockni Man (voice) (as Jeff Winter)

Armin Shimerman ... Nohrin Merchant (voice)
Don Stallings ... Gelmore / Elder Kiros (voice)
Brad Abrell ... Spog (voice)

Tristan Rogers ... Nohrin Officer (voice)
Gustavo Rex ... Elder Canta (voice)

Nika Futterman ... Elder Jaspin (voice)

John Vernon ... Nohrin Judge (voice)
Susan Bennett ... Melsa (voice)
David Heyer ... Talusi (voice)

Mary Mouser ... Baby Delgo (voice) (as Mary Matilyn Mouser)
Louis K. Adler ... Soldiers (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emmy Cicierega ... Old Lady (voice)
William R. Dean ... Prondo (voice)

Rachel Moore ... Girl in Crowd (as Rachel Niederhoffer)

Directed by
Marc F. Adler 
Jason Maurer 
Writing credits
Patrick J. Cowan (screenplay) and
Carl Dream (screenplay) and
Jennifer Jones-Mitchell (screenplay) (as Jennifer A. Jones)

Marc F. Adler (story) and
Scott Biear (story) and
Jason Maurer (story)

Produced by
Marc F. Adler .... producer
Wenden K. Baldwin .... line producer (as Wenden Baldwin)
Jennifer Jones-Mitchell .... associate producer (as Jennifer A. Jones)
Original Music by
Geoff Zanelli 
Cinematography by
Herb Kossover 
Casting by
Ruth Lambert 
Art Direction by
Mark A.W. Jackson 
Jang Chol Lee 
Production Management
Jason S. Rogers .... production manager
Art Department
Dave K. Komorowski .... lead sculptor
Jang Chol Lee .... storyboard art director
Jang Chol Lee .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Lionel Guenoun .... dubbing mixer
Steve LeSieur .... foley mixer
Tom Ozanich .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Ozanich .... supervising sound editor
Wouter van Herwerden .... sound recordist
Larry Winer .... original dialogue mixer
Drew Yerys .... assistant sound editor
Visual Effects by
Daniele Bigi .... lighter
Rufus Blow .... character animator
Jeff Brodsky .... digital artist
Alê Camargo .... compositing artist (as Alexandre Camargo)
Alê Camargo .... digital lighter (as Alexandre Camargo)
Floyd Casey .... visual effects supervisor
Eldar Cholich .... digital compositor
Eldar Cholich .... digital lighting
Patrick J. Cowan .... senior lighter
Scott Dace .... character animator
Scott Dace .... modeler
Jonathan Davis .... digital artist
Paul Diaz .... character animator
Erik Fokkens .... matte painter
Harold Fraga .... compositing artist
Harold Fraga .... digital lighter
Jonathan Galindez .... lighter
Matt Giovingo .... digital compositor
Matt Giovingo .... digital lighter
Philip Graham .... render wrangler
Warren Grubb .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Hickman .... character animator
Joe Hughes .... animation technical director
Chris Jolly .... lighter
Jina Kang .... digital lighter
Jina Kang .... senior technical director: lighting
Jason Key .... lighter
Dave K. Komorowski .... character modeler/rigger
Lee Kordel .... digital compositor
Lee Kordel .... digital lighter
Jeffrey Ling .... digital lighter
Gresham Lochner .... digital compositor
Andrea Maiolo .... technical director
Cheryl Meier .... digital artist
Sid Moye .... modeler
Christopher Mullins .... animation technical director
Jorge Obregon .... digital lighting artist
Hongseo Park .... character modeler/rigger
Maria Pavlou .... character animator
Brian Prince .... digital compositor
Brian Prince .... digital lighter
Jonathan Pytko .... digital artist
Jon Sadonsky .... render manager
Kott Skripalshikov .... character animator
Jeff Sullivan .... assistant character technical director
Jeff Sullivan .... lead crowd technical director
Scott G. Trosclair .... visual effects
Michael van Tonder .... visual effects
Matt Wilson .... environment effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephanie Cushing .... lighting supervisor
Jeremy Vickery .... lighting director
Animation Department
Kevin W. Clark .... crowd animator
Scott Dace .... animator
Pete Devlin .... animator
Peter Devlin .... animator
Paul Diaz .... animator
Paxton Gerrish .... animator
Warren Grubb .... animation director
Christopher Hickman .... animator
Thomas Judd .... animator
Cheryl Meier .... animator
Eileen Middleton .... animator
Matt Munn .... animator
Brett Paton .... animator
Maria Pavlou .... animator
Robyne Powell .... animator
Joe Shaw .... animator
Kott Skripalshikov .... animator
Ando Tammik .... animator
Danny Wawrzaszek .... animator
Editorial Department
Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer
Music Department
Jeffrey Biggers .... score music mixer
Bobby Tahouri .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Bryan Chaikin .... production assistant
Bora Dayioglu .... technical director
Laura Harris .... administrator
Jennifer Jones-Mitchell .... publicist (as Jennifer A. Jones)
John Lytle .... technical director
Amy Taylor .... production coordinator
Harrison Kossover .... thanks

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Rated PG for sequences of fantasy action violence
94 min
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
(maybe TOO) ambitious animation, 17 April 2010
Author: chuck-526 from Ipswich MA

I'll begin head-on with the frequent question: "why have I never heard of this movie?" Because of extraordinarily bad luck and timing. First, it got caught in a corporate reshuffle so it had a wide opening (planned before the reshuffle) but with no marketing publicity. Because of the wide opening it wasn't thought necessary to show it on the festival circuit or at conventions or in a limited release to specialty theaters, and when there was no advertising either the wide opening bombed. The second blow was its story didn't mesh with the zeitgeist, so it never garnered enough interest to build post-release buzz. It's best classified as an "action fairy tale", but when it came out, the fashion in animations was a more psychological and unusual story line (for example Ratatouille or Wall-E), and the "action" space was fully occupied by live action flicks (for example Star Trek). Then the third blow hit with Delgo being overshadowed by Avatar (which presented so many similarities that a lawsuit ensued).

The previous movies it brought to my mind are "Gandahar", "Battle for Terra", and "MirrorMask". The fully imagined, completely separate, alternate world with plants that look like animals and vice versa, the notably pacifistic society, the use of animals rather than machines for air transportation and for war, the psychic remote control of material objects, the conflation of mystical and political power, and the contrast of different technologies are all reminiscent of Rene Laloux's quarter century old "Gandahar" (unfortunately not readily available in North America). The very detailed alternate environment (especially the sky-whales), looming environmental collapse, and flying people are reminiscent of "Battle for Terra". And the incredibly detailed, imaginative, and overblown animations are reminiscent of "MirrorMask". (Delgo doesn't though use MirrorMask's green-screen technique to combine live actors with animation.) Similar to MirrorMask, Delgo does plenty of things right and has lots of flashes of brilliance, but in the end doesn't sufficiently "come together". It will be of interest to specialty audiences, and it will be a favorite of isolated groups of people, but it will probably never have as much mass market appeal as it hoped for. A couple things are common to the animation in all of "Delgo", "Gandahar", "Battle for Terra", and "MirrorMask": most of the animation was done with publicly available tools, and budget was the primary constraint on the animation.

As is common with most animated features, there's a lot of comic relief. Although it's pretty broad (very loud belches, eating flowers, holding the wrong door shut, a dog like creature piddling on the rug, fractured vocabulary that shames Mrs. Malaprop, and so forth) it mostly fits pretty well. The comic relief centering on the character Filo though is so over the top some will find it irritating.

As one would expect from a "fairy tale", morals are fairly obvious. There are a couple skewers directed at the Bush administration ("we must go to war to prevent a war" and "it's much easier to start a war than to stop one"), but they're sufficiently subtle many viewers won't even notice them. The "can't we all just get along" moral though is more pervasive (after all it's the central motif of the whole movie).

The animation is incredibly detailed and imaginative. Techniques like scores of light sources in a scene, moving "cameras", lots and lots of pieces moving simultaneously, clouds of dust, and shimmering foggy auras that produce their own light, are used often. The animators solve particular problems in resourceful and imaginative ways (for example a spider web modeled as a piece of cloth, or a belt that seems to ripple freely yet whose far end can be controlled). This is the first time I've seen a caustic light pattern reflected from an unseen pool of water throw its moving wavy patterns over another object. Yet the overall impression of the animation is "klunky". Why? I think because all the characters are clearly recognizable humanoids, even to the extent that characters are overlaid with the facial features of the corresponding voice actor. Even though the 3D representations are very good (one running scene is so realistic the common reaction is it couldn't have possibly been done just with regular animation tools), they're not good enough to satisfy us viewers who see humanoid forms all the time and so have extremely high standards for them. This isn't an "uncanny valley" problem; the characters aren't quite that realistic. One wishes Delgo had either gone even further (motion capture?) or had backed away a bit to more animalistic and less realistic forms (more like Spig, Spog, and the dog like creature, all of which are very successful).

In summary-- the story: closely adheres to the "action fairy tale" categorization, formulaic; but every so often will entrance someone - the animation: uneven, insufficiently restrained, and sometimes seemingly primitive when it really isn't; but worthy of close scrutiny by aficionados.

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