For me great animation is a marriage of two other big loves of mineóbeautiful art and captivating storytelling. You nail those things and it's almost guaranteed that you'll have my eyeballs glued to the screen. I grew up on Disney films like Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast so my tastes tend to unconsciously lean that way, however I love seeing animation that breaks new ground and really shows where the medium can go.
drawing, painting, animation, absorbing pop culture, animation, web design, writing, animation...
Animation that I love:
How to Train Your Dragon, Mary and Max, Tangled, Princess Mononoke, The Incredibles, Nightmare Before Christmas, Rescuers Down Under, ... etc. etc.
Or it could be because this short is simply cruel, lame and unfunny.
I didn't watch it all the way through to the very end... once the hamster's dressed in women's lingere with tacks stuck in his head--and still talking--there's really just no point.
Final Analysis: Skip it.
The result is a series that attempts to use the conventions of anime... the poppy animation, the shorthand visual cues for emotions and reactions... but somehow manages to feel horribly inauthentic... like those commercials that have come out of late with cheesy ninja foreign films that have been re-dubbed to sell dishwasher soap.
This is, of course, on top of the basic sins have having stupid characters, pancake-flat plots and all the intelligence and wit of a tapeworm...
Avoid. Please avoid.
If you catch children watching this, drag them away from the TV... tell them it's for their own good.
What's it got?
Well, let's see... a fair amount of graphic violence--nothing says family fun like dead faeries lying in their own blood... a bad guy who is really keen on Hitler--complete with swastikas, a reference to anti-Semitism and of course film footage of Hitler himself... scantily clad 'hooker' faeries and a heroine who comes across as being just shy of a sex kitten.
Now, I have nothing against mature animation, but c'mon, let's just call it what it is and not pretend that the fact it has warm and fuzzy elves as its heroes suddenly makes it a family movie.
Target audience aside, this movie is poorly animated by almost any standard... is only slightly less difficult to follow plot-wise than Bakshi's "Lord of the Rings"... and was generally so dull and heavy-handed that I ended up watching most of it with the fast-forward button firmly pressed.
The film is at moments too mature to hit a children's audience and too stupid to hold the attention of adults. After the first hour I began watching the film on fast forward. Not a good sign.
Unless you are a HUGE fan of Rodney Dangerfield and think he's the most brilliant comic of all time, I would advise avoiding this movie like the plague.