It is easy to see why the animations of Dingo Pictures are relatively obscure, though those who have had the misfortune of seeing any of their output (which along with their equally low-budget computer animated counterpart Video Brinquedo have not once made anything worthwhile) cannot forget their awfulness. It is even easier to see why they are universally reviled.
'Goldie' may be one of their least bad efforts. Wish that could be said as an endorsement and that it's saying much, but that is not the case. It has two things going for it and even they are not used to full potential. One is that it is short. The other, and the much bigger one, is that out of all the Dingo Pictures efforts seen 'Goldie' is by far the best voiced, it is one voice here doing the narration and here is a voice actor who actually sounds engaged, doesn't sound creepy and actually seems to understand the English language.
As said though, there are things that stop them from being complete successes. 'Goldie' may be one of Dingo Pictures' shortest, that it not to say that one doesn't still feel every minute of the length and some. They do, when the narrator says that the journey lasted for hours to the viewer it feels like hours too and feels like the road to nowhere. A lot of effort went into the voice acting, nowhere near (in none at all) the amount of effort went into the lip synchronisation. That is as ever sloppy and doesn't at all match the speaking/narration and treats it like an irrelevant dub.
Laziness and cheapness is all over 'Goldie', it may not be all that derivative of 'Bambi' but the deer and rabbit characters are blatant rip-offs of Bambi and Thumper.
Practically everything that makes Dingo Pictures so bad (the voice acting being the sole improvement) is present in 'Goldie'. The animation is some of the worst there is, so awful it's unacceptable even for low-budget animation. It has flat colours, very simplistic backgrounds and lack of detail and derivative, shoddy, unfinished recycled (some lifted directly out of previous Dingo Pictures efforts and have no relevance to the story whatsoever) and creepy character animation as well as a style that makes art of primary school children who draw and paint in half an hour or less seem more accomplished.
Music always sounds misplaced and never fitting with what's going on (like in the journey-related scenes), not to mention that it has little breathing space even in scenes that are in dire need for it. The opening music, while ok, somehow didn't seem like it belonged, more like opening music for a video game. The script is incredibly repetitive and juvenile, some of it making one question who the target audience was meant to be, that it will insult any adult is bad enough but even young children will feel dumber after hearing some of the dialogue here.
Even with the shorter than usual length, the story is one of the studio's dullest, being one that is virtually plot-less and doesn't go anywhere, almost minus any charm, emotion, fun or anything engaging. Other Dingo Pictures do a far worse job at not making sense, but discerning a plot that is cohesive and not random is very difficult indeed.
Characters are either irritating or too sugary sweet, a few not relevant to the story at all. The sound effects are ill-fitting and creepily bizarre.
In summary, may be one of Dingo Pictures' least bad but it's still very bad regardless. 2/10 Bethany Cox
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