Movie Title: Norm of the North
Rating: PG, 1 hour 26 minutes
In a Nutshell: This animation from Lionsgate is another tired environmental lecture about how animals are superior and humans are evil.
This is NOT one of those family-friendly films when the parents enjoy it as much as the kids.
- Everyone is given talents. Talents should be used to make a positive difference.
- “You can make a change. You can find a new way.” – Elizabeth (Kate Higgins)
- Just because a product says it’s “green”, doesn’t mean it is environmentally-friendly.
- “A king always fights for his home.”
Things I liked:
- Voice talents of the characters include Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Bill Nighy, Gabriel Iglesias, Loretta Devin, and Colm Meaney. They’re mostly unmemorable, but Ken Jeong’s voice work steals the show.
- The little furry animals are supposed to be lemmings. They’re almost cute. Did you know that they really do live in the Arctic?
- Pop music.
Things I didn’t like:
- The animation itself is pretty average, certainly not as good as we're used to seeing from Disney or Pixar.
- We’re told “When confronted by a polar bear, assert your dominance and stand your ground.” That’s terrible advice. Polar bears are actually very dangerous and vicious.
- “There are never problems, only messages from the universe.” – Mr. Green (Ken Jeong)
- Polar bears killing seas = good. Tourists = bad
- There’s a negative jab at a “cola company”, which is generic enough that Lionsgate can’t get sued by Coke.
- If the target audience is young children, then there are a lot of big words and concepts that little kids won’t understand.
Lines that are supposed to be funny:
- “I put the soul in the winter solstice.” – Norm
- “And the next thing I know I’m twerking in front of a boat of tourists.” – Norm
“Twerking?! Have some self-respect, Norm!” – Socrates
- “Why don’t you take a picture? It’ll last longer.” – Norm
- “Well, it’s not Macbeth, but it’s a job.” – costumed bear (Nick Shakoour)
- “Vera, get my lawyer. We’re going to copyright that roar and make it a ring tone.” – Mr. Green
Tips for parents:
- The worse profanity you’ll hear is “crap”.
- Lemmings pee in a fish aquarium and on potted plants.