Review Date: June 18, 2000
Director: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Writer: Ben Edlund, John August, Joss Whedon
Producers: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, David Kirschner
I would watch this movie all over again, even without sound for that matter. In fact, one of the main problems that I did have with this movie was its characters, all of whom just seemed a little too bland for my taste. Not sure if it was the voices of Damon and Barrymore that just didn't click for me, or if it was the way that the characters were written, very dry and lifeless, but none of the featured players managed to capture my imagination as much as the visuals did. I was also taken aback by the juxtaposition of the amazing "outside" visuals of space, the planets, the ships, the wonderful colors, and the cartoon looking TV character animation of the "inside" visuals. Seemed like an odd and somewhat distracting combination. The story was serviceable enough, with a little bit of action sprayed throughout, and I definitely loved the soundtrack...an animation movie with a rock 'n roll touch? Give me more, dammit! Overall, I would recommend this film to anyone who loves their visuals, who wants to see a different kind of animation movie, and certainly to all the pot smokers out there, who should have no problem trippin' all over this film's massive colorful sponge of delight. Of course, if a tantalizing tale, complete originality or strength of characters are what you look for in a film, then this puppy might not be the best thing for you.