Well at least the Musketeers themselves were enjoyable
Just for the record I do like Burbank Films Australia animations. Wind in the Willows and Peter Pan especially of the ones I've seen on my "low-budget-animation-re-visiting" phase are wonderful. I wanted to like The Three Musketeers, I really did. Before I say why I didn't like this much, I was not expecting it to be a to-the-letter adaptation of the Dumas classic, seeing as there are adult themes of sex, adultery and murder in the book, and that this is 49-50 minutes and low-budget. But I was expecting it to be decent enough on its own terms. Sadly I didn't think it was. I just didn't care for the characters, the three musketeers themselves are actually very enjoyable, charismatic and fun and other than the rousing music are the redeeming values of this adaptation of The Three Musketeers. But I cannot say the same for Constance and D'Artagnan. Constance is pretty useless here, and incredibly vapid, while D'Artagnan doesn't seem to have any flaws at all. Duke of Buckingham and Milady don't fare much better, okay I was not expecting Milady to be completely haunting and seductive, but she could've been much sexier instead of a slightly prettier clone of for example Cruella DeVil. The animation is lacking here, Wind in the Willows and Peter Pan had colourful backgrounds especially, but everything here looks too sketchy with the colours lacking vibrancy. The script feels childish and lacking in wit and the story feels rushed.(and for anybody wondering how much resemblance it bears to the story, just in case you are fussy about changes- I actually try not to be- pretty much only the title and characters' names are intact) The ballet sequence was unneeded to me, it does nothing to enhance the story and the animation here actually looks little more than a rough sketch. The voice acting didn't enthuse me either, especially Constance whose voice is annoyingly high-pitched. In a nutshell, at least the Musketeers and music were enjoyable. Sadly, when it comes to enjoyment, this entry from Burbank Films Australia ends there. 2/10 Bethany Cox
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