77 min., 2009
Written by Mike Bell/Rocket Ekers/Tom Klein/Mr. Lawrence/Joe Orrantia/Tom Papa/Carey Yost/Rob Zombie
Directed by Rob Zombie
My rating: ★★★★
Rob Zombie meets Ren & Stimpy with a dash of horror.
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We first meet El Superbeasto (Tom Papa) as he is casting for his new porn, er…art movie. After that we get to see them recording a scene, but during it one of the girls turns into a werewolf and the other into a gorgon. El Superbeasto kills both of them and then decides to head to the club. At the club he hits on the bride of Frankenstein, but his attention is taken away when there is a new stripper performing. Her name is Velvet Von Black (Rosario Dawson) and her performance takes El Superbeasto’s heart (well at least his dick). While all of this is going on, Dr. Satan (Paul Giamatti) is trying to find his bride, with the help of Otto (Tom Kenny) his gorilla assistant, so he can be transmogrified. As it turns out Velvet Von Black has the mark of the beast on her ass, so Dr. Satan sends Otto to retrieve her. We also meet El Superbeasto’s sister, Suzi-X (Sheri Moon) and her robot Murry the Robot (Brian Posehn), and they are fighting a Nazi zombie hoard after Suzi-X steals the head of Hitler. She gets a call from El Superbeasto because Otto has strippernapped Velvet and Superbeasto needs some help in rescuing her. Suzi aggress to help but is the might of El Superbeasto, Suzi-X and Murry enough to defeat Dr. Satan, or will Dr. Satan become transmogrified and destroy the world?
What can I really say about the (voice) acting in this movie? It should come as no big surprise that the cast is dead on. Paul Giamatti is great giving Dr. Satan that great balance between whiny and menace. After he threatens to rip you apart you just want to give him a big hug. Tom Papa gives El Superbeasto the perfect spoiled brat jock that never had to work for anything. He’s really funny and he seems to really love the role. Now my overall favorite was Tom Kenny as Otto, the intellectual gorilla. He’s just funny and his delivery of the dialogue is priceless. The only real problem that I have is with Sheri Moon. She is okay with her role, but she is the only one that seems to be just reading the dialogue instead of acting it. She is really the only sore spot when it comes to the acting.
The animation of the movie is just great, being both beautiful and bizarre in the same shot. It reminds me a whole bunch of Ren & Stimpy or Rocko’s Modern Life and that isn’t a bad thing, being a big fan of both. My favorite thing about the animation is that there is a lot more put into it than you might think. There is almost always something going on in the background which a lot of movies tend to forget about. Overall very nice animation especially if you like animated boobs.
So the voice acting is great and the animation is just beautiful, so why did I give it such a low rating? Because when the movie is hitting the mark there is no missing it, but when they miss…boy oh boy are they miles off. There is also the problem of most of the jokes just being dragged out too long. I love a good fart or dick joke, but sometimes you just get bored with the same thing going on for about twenty minutes and this movie has quite a few of those moments. That aside this is a real fun movie with some great gags and scenes. One of my favorite gags is when El Superbeasto is driving and hits Michael Myers and it’s Rob Zombies’ version. It’s a nice stab at his own work and what some people think of it. My favorite scene is when Suzi-X is riding Murry The Robot in motorcycle form and they have this song going on that is along the lines of the music that used to play during the chase scenes in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You. The music is dead on and the lyrics are just funny as all hell. In fact all of the music throughout the movie is great. In the end this is an overall fun movie with a few sore spots. If you do watch it pay attention to some of the voice cast, it’s amazing who’s in this including Ken Foree, Danny Trejo, Clint Howard, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Dee Wallace, Geoffrey Lewis and even Rob Paulsen.Have You Read...?