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Mainstream - Mom Reviewed - Delgo

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Voices of Freddie Prinze jr, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Val Kilmer
Directed by Jason Maurer, Marc F. Adler
Fox Home Entertainment 2009
94 minutes

Delgo is a CGI movie from Fox with an all-star cast.  Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Chris Kattan, Anne Bancroft, Louis Gossett, Jr., Val Kilmer, Burt Reynolds, and other famous names voice the characters in this story.

The story itself is about two totally fictional and very different creatures that must live on the same planet.  The Nohrin are creatures that can fly and live off the ground, and the Lockni are Stonesages, and live on the ground.  All goes well until the Nohrin decide that they need more space and are just going to take it, irrespective of Lockni occupation, and war ensues.  Delgo is the story of how that war comes to an end.

First, let me say that even if this DVD is an animated movie, this is not for young kids.  As a (slightly protective) mother of four younger children, only my oldest (10 years old) will be allowed to watch it.  There is a lot of violence, and although it is animated, it is still fairly graphic (no blood, but lots of hitting and swordplay).

The creatures and the characters in Delgo are interesting and inventive.  The scenery is appealing with intriguing colours and shapes.  There are no limitations to the way the creatures and characters can move.    The voices are very well done - every one of the characters is well captured in voice.  Chris Kattan’s character (Filo) is supposed to be annoying, and he hits it right on!  Jennifer Love Hewitt is great as the Nohrin princess.  Anne Bancroft is a surprise as the evil Sedessa, and has the perfect voice to convey the character’s wicked intentions.  

I give the Delgo DVD a “thumbs up” with one caveat – for older kids only (the 10 and older crowd).  The older set will be more likely to understand the ideas and complexities presented here; younger kids may just take away fighting and swordplay techniques.  An interesting and sometimes funny movie.

Carolyn Genge

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