Peter & Bobby Farrelly
David Hyde Pierce
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Frank Detorri (Bill Murray) is probably the unhealthiest guy you could ever meet. He's lazy and eats just about anything. He'll even eat food off the ground. Which he does one day and also happens to swallow a deadly virus. Now it's up to his immune system, including a white blood cell named Osmosis Jones (Chris Rock) and a cold pill named Drix (David Hyde Pierce), to stop the evil virus named Thrax (Laurence Fishburne), from killing Frank.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The animated parts of this movie are entertaining and often very funny. And it's good to see a traditionally animated movie during a time when computer-animated films dominate (though you can't deny they deserve to). Unfortunately for this film, every once in a while we have to suffer through the live-action parts, which are just plain disgusting and not very funny. Bill Murray's character is repulsive and he's very hard to like. He's not a good father and he doesn't treat his daughter very well. Even during the times when he tries to be nice, you still can't like the guy. He should stick to the usual Murray sarcasm and leave the gross-out humor to the "professionals."
The characters in the animated parts of the film, however, are all quite likable. Chris Rock is almost like Eddie Murphy, in the sense that he has the kind of voice that seems to fit animated movies even if this is only his first animated film. David Hyde Pierce is perfect as Drix the cold pill. You know, the stiff, professional type almost mirroring his character on Frasier, even if it's just his voice here. Osmosis Jones and Drix make a surprisingly good team. Laurence Fishburne makes Thrax's character quite villainous, with his low, evil voice. He makes his point clear that the Ebola virus is a case of dandruff compared to him, using only a large finger to send various cells frying.
The script by Marc Hyman is original and witty with puns running a muck in this film. And the direction by the Farrelly brothers is nothing to write home about. It's mediocre at best.
A decent amount of extras on this DVD. The first is a commentary track by animation directors Peit Kroon & Tom Sito, writer Marc Hyman and Producer Zak Penn. It's informative and nothing more. They occasionally take long breaks during scenes they like. The second is an interactive "adventure" called "Frank's Gross Anatomy" which takes you to a menu where you can choose the many different gross body parts of Frank, which in itself will take you to a scene of the movie that talks about that body part.
There are two behind-the-scenes featurettes. The first is another one of those popular HBO first-looks which is a 14-minute "making-of" hosted by Brandy and features interviews with the cast and crew with clips of the film in-between each. The second is a 5-minute behind-the-scenes look at the voices behind the animated characters. It basically has the same interviews you see in the HBO "making of", so there's nothing new with this, except this one focuses only on the voice actors.
There are also 3 deleted scenes which aren't very well presented. They all play at once and you can't just choose by scene. They're also pretty choppy, going from what would have been the film version to early drawings without color. And rounding off the extras is a 1-minute trailer.
This movie is worth renting (maybe buying) if you've got 10-12 year-old boys in the house. It would certainly keep them occupied for an hour and a half. As for anyone over that age, well, it's just too silly to be appreciated the way kids appreciate things. As for me, someone over the age of 12, it's an okay animated feature that's about two-thirds animation and one-third live-action with the animated bits being good enough to deserve an okay rating. The DVD is decent and has what all "basic" DVDs should have and that is the trailers, making of's and commentaries.