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First I have to tell you that you shouldn't believe in extreme criticism (good or bad) about this movie. It's simply not as good or bad. Just a quite entertaining afternoon cinema experience.
The main problem with this film, that beyond everything, it wants to be a sequel. Not a standalone movie, but just a sequel. I find pretty unfortunate to see ALL the characters from the first movie, for that means, We have to compare the two to each other, and if one hasn't seen the prequel, the legendary "Cat City", he/she wont understand a word.
Anyway, the story goes like this: Stanley, the journalist mouse takes a journey into the deepest jungles of Pafrika, to find professor Livingstone. He finds the professor, and takes his way back (a really funny part of the movie), but gets captured by savage cats! If you've seen Cat City, you know, that all cats are brainwashed, and under mouse-control. If you haven't, Stanley's gonna tell you. The savage cats then summon Moloch, a cat-demon from cat-hell, who leads their cat uprising against the mice. Moloch and the savages wake the cat population from their former slumber, and of course, war breaks out. Stanley, and his new jungle-friend Torzon rushes back to Cin City, to alert the Intermouse and Grabowsky again. Grabowsky (former super agent from the first movie, now the owner of a gigantic spinach-farm), knows that the only way to stop the cats from revolting (and killing everyone), is to start up the good old "Cat-Catcher" again...
This movie is just as violent and crazy most times, as the first one, but the jokes which this behavior brings, are just out of the movie. You'll never get immersed. Although it's quite entertaining at some parts, you'll always be reminded, that you're just watching a movie. Most likely from one of the main characters. This way, it all gets really weightless, and you find yourself not caring about the characters, and forgetting all the good jokes, and quotes (wich is a pity, because it has many).
And it's not just the story that falls apart. Another thing that annoyed me much, is the unaware way it's mixing all styles of cartoons. For example: Moloch looks like a Disney character, and it has computer animation, half of the character looks exactly like they did in Cat city, half of them look much more simple, and cartoonish. The same thing can be discovered in animation, for all characters move VERY differently, and sometimes they even switch the technique as the film advances. And again, the 3d installments are a bit confusing too. Sometimes, they look gorgeous, and sometimes... well they don't. It really looks strange, and not very sophisticated.
That is a major pain about this film. I think If they'd have one more year to work on it, and think everything over again, it could be a great movie. I hope they make a double DVD pack from this and Cat City and this time they REALLY fix the sound and the picture digitally.
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