Genre Guesstimation – Rock-A-Doodle (1991)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Emily Slade of Why This Film Podcast and we will be reviewing our favorite Non-Disney Animated Films of the 90’s.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Dec by sending them to nondisneyemily@movierob.net

Tnx Emily!

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Non-Disney Animated Films of the 90’s……..

“If I kill my nephew, would it be murder or charity?” – Grand Duke

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Dec 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A young boy transformed into a cat helps a group of animals find a missing rooster who could bring back the missing sun.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before coming across it during my research for this months genre.

I have always been a fan of Don Bluth’s animated style and this film fits right in with that.

The story itself is quite creative and manages to stay engaging throughout.

The anthropomorphic look at this world and its characters is great and manages to keep things quite fun and enjoyable throughout.

Bluth’s stories quite often get pretty dark in their tone and this film is no exception to that at all.

The live action scenes feel a bit out of place here even though it’s quite understandable why they are needed.

The voice cast is also great here and helps create some great and memorable characters throughout.

The musical also enhances things along the way.

The film’s biggest problem is that it utilizes numerous forms of genres here and that spreads tings out a bit too thinly along the way which makes things feel a bit too erratic along the way.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film originally included more darker elements, a famous one being a deleted sequence from the kitchen scene. In this sequence the Duke bakes a live baby skunk in a pie and then eats it. Oddly enough, according to Gary Goldman, the reason this was cut wasn’t because of the content but because Bluth’s studio received a complaint from Goldcrest’s marketing representative that most cases of child abuse happen in the kitchen, and involve baking instruments. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not quite. Bluth does a nice job with this story, but it fails to find its voice in the tone of things.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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