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Titanic: The Legend Goes On...
Titanic: The Legend Goes On...
Director: Camillo Teti
Writer: Camillo Teti
Voice Cast: Lisa Russo, Mark Thompson-Ashworth, Gisella Mathews, Silva Belton, Bianca Alessandra Ara, Veronica Wells, Jacques Stany, Clive Riche, Doug Meakin, Mickey Knox, David Brandon, Kenneth Belton, Pat Starke, Caroline Yung, Jill Tyler
Synopsis: An animated retelling of the worst passenger ship disaster in history. In this version, love blossoms between the upper-class Sir William and the blue-collar Angelica, who is hoping to find romance in America. At the same time, there are also a number of animal passengers, including talking dogs, cats and mice, who are also looking forward to arriving in the New World.
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
IT'S PARTY TIME!!
A Titanic Movie With A Disney Rip Off Ending? Yay?...
To be honest, I have no idea what possessed me to watch this freaking movie. Maybe it's because my brother loves to torture me by asking me to review pointless crap like this, or perhaps it could be that I'm such a glutton for punishment. Or, it could be a mixture of both. Whatever the case may be, I did go out of my way to watch this film, and it does in fact exist. For those that remember the James Cameron version of "Titanic" back in the late nineties, this film is sort an animated rip off of that same movie with the few added changes here and there. Some of these changes are small like the role reversal between the two love interests, where instead of having a poor boy fall for a rich girl, you have a rich boy falling for a poor girl. I only say this is a small change because some of the other changes they add might shock a few of my readers.
Of course, the role reversal of the love interests is a minor change considering that this version features talking animals, two evil step sisters, an evil jewel thief who's aided by two imbeciles, a rapping dog, and the rich boy who is being raised by his nanny. Granted, I know most people wouldn't think too much about a rich boy being on the Titanic with his nanny, but the guy is portrayed as being a full grown adult in his mid twenties. My god, what kind of grown a** man would need a nanny to travel with him? But, I digress.
The rich boy that I was referring to is named William (Mark Thompson-Ashworth), as he's traveling on the Titanic, along with his nanny. However, the real main character of this story is the young and beautiful, Angelica (Lisa Russo), who's something of an orphan since she was a child. Forced to live with her wicked step mother, and her two ugly sisters that relish in the idea of making her life a utter living hell..... However, it's not all bad, as she does become friends with talking mice that help her out.. Oh great. It's bad enough this movie rips off "Titanic", but they have to rip off Disney's "Cinderella" too? You really are a louse, Camillo Teti. Anyway, to get back to the story, Angelica is a poor orphaned girl that was abandoned by her real mother years ago. Why you may ask? We don't know, as the film never explains this. Although, it's worth noting that William's nanny has also lost a daughter years ago too...around the same time that Angelica gets abandoned.... Gee, I wonder what this could mean. After all, what are the odds right? Could it possibly mean something? Or maybe it's just a giant freaking coincidence? Who's to say, as you'll just have to see the movie to find out.
However, it doesn't end there folks, as it turns out the talking mice are only on the Titanic because they want to travel to America to start a new life. Yep, Camillo Teti not only has the cajones to rip off "Titanic" AND "Cinderella"...but he has the audacity to rip off "American Tail" as well...bravo Teti. Bravo. You must be so proud of yourself. Of course, I'm being sarcastic for those that can't tell.
To make matters worse, the film does feature many other subplots that quite frankly don't add anything of value to this movie, nor does it connect well with the main plot of the story.. There's one subplot, for instance, that involves a detective trying to catch a jewel thief and her two henchmen on board the Titanic. Unfortunately, the subplot doesn't really go anywhere other than providing the audience one or two scenes for us to laugh at, as her bumbling henchmen make royal fools out of themselves trying to rob all the upper class citizens aboard the ship. Of course, there's an even more pointless subplot about a middle aged woman pretending to be rich, so she can coerce a rich millionaire to marry her. Although, I would tend to wonder if she's allegedly poor, then how can she afford to bunk in first class on board the Titanic then? Did she use up her entire life savings on a gamble that some rich schmuck may or may not want to marry her? Again, I digress.
Although many of these things might sound bad, this really pales in comparison to the real problems with this movie. Look, it's been no secret that some movies will sometimes borrow elements from other films, as that's just reality; thus I can take the fact that this movie tends to rip off elements from "American Tail", "Cinderella" and "Titanic." Seriously, I can. However, the things that really bother me about this movie is that it not only features lousy editing, voice acting, and piss poor animation that borders on the line of inconsistent half the time, but it's story line is generically boring. To add even more insult to injury, the characters range from either being extremely annoying to downright uninteresting at all. Hell, even the love story between William and Angelica isn't fleshed out completely, as they only share a few lines of dialogue, and instantly they're in love with each other. Granted, I know quite a few people like to buy into the concept of love at first sight. However, in context to movies, the whole "love in first sight" ploy comes off as nothing more than a cheap writing device to cover up for lousy character development between your two love interests in a film. Of course, that's just my experience.
Plus, what the hell is up with a rapping dog here? Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against rap in general. But why is there a dog on board the Titanic singing rap music that won't be invented until several decades later? In the scene, the little kid mouse is about to be eaten by a cat, but the dog saves him. Of course, the mouse is grateful, and thanks him for saving his life. And what does the dog say you ask? He raps saying how it's PARTY TIME, and it's time to unwind... I'm literally at a loss for words here about the damn rapping dog at this point. Seriously, a rapping dog? Yet on the DVD cover it has the audacity to promote itself as being the REAL STORY of the Titanic? Yeah, I guess those historians are all full of s***, as anyone with half a brain would know that the REAL TITANIC would have a rapping dog.... Again, I'm being sarcastic, but Camillo cannot be serious with this crap.
Why would anyone make a movie like this? My guess would be along the lines of what the Nostalgia Critic said about this film a while back. Teti obviously must have saw Cameron's version of the "Titanic", and thought it was a fairy tale; hence he developed his own animated version thinking he'd make it more kid friendly with talking animals and a rapping dog. Does it work? Not exactly. If anything, it fails miserably. Granted, there's a few scenes involving the evil henchmen that were funny, and a few "Tom and Jerry" type humor involving the mice during certain scenes. Unfortunately, none of these scenes were enough to save this abomination from itself. In the end, I'd have to give this movie a half star out of four. As I said earlier, there's a few scenes that were funny, but it wasn't enough to where I would recommend this movie to anyone; hence I'd avoid this movie like the plague.
Warning: The Following Nostalgia Critic Review contains Spoilers.