Prior to renting this DVD, I had never heard of this short movie and from the cover didn't expect much from it. There was one comment on the back which said it was hilarious or something similar, but said comment was probably written by a critic eager to get his/her name published on the back of a DVD case.
Upon watching, I was assaulted by lame and cliché 'jokes', half of them ripped off from Mad Magazine. The starting scenes seem like a poor imitation of the vastly superior 'Spaceballs', and sound like something my seven year old cousin jokes about. I must say however, that it gets marginally better as the thing goes along, with slightly more original humour used, but really, it only got a few minor chuckles from me. It says something about the movie when half of the laughs come from the look of the claymation models, and variations on the various theme songs of the movies the characters are a part of.
Voice acting was another let down, being rather flat and uninspired. According to the small 'behind the scenes' featurette, they had many auditions and only chose the best. I had a hard time believing this, as despite it being a parody the voice acting for the most part sounds like they picked up any random person off the street to do it.
What makes this movie barely acceptable, however, is it's combination of CGI and claymation. While I have seen better, the animation is rather smooth and certain scenes were generated pretty well. The characters look rather humorous which helps put some life into the fairly lame jokes. However, I feel explosions and such could've been done a lot better, as they look like they came out of the original Doom video game at times.
To conclude, I suppose this is worth checking out if one has nothing to do. It is only half an hour or so which is a definite plus, as otherwise it would simply drag on for too long. Don't go in expecting much, but if you're bored like I was this will give you something to do. Acceptable, but only barely so.
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