I'm a 32 year old male and my tastes in animation are broad and varied but they mainly include Disney movies. However, I like watching movies and shows that are different and seem to stand out to me.
Animation, Acting, Singing, Dancing
Animation that I love:
The Fox and the Hound, Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, Avatar: The Last Airbender
Raggedy Ann and Andy pretty much make this movie. Raggedy Ann is pop culture's ultimate sweetheart. Heck it even says in the movie that she possesses a heart made of candy. Andy is a rough and tumble kid who seems to be stuck in the era of Gene Kelly movies. But I think what I find most attractive about this movie is the two's relationship. The two's sibling love for each other is so unrealistic and yet somehow commendable because of its sweetness. Seriously. The two hang on each other so much, you'd think they were married instead of related.
The problems are many, but not the kind I couldn't overlook. My main issue was that I seriously wanted to kill that camel. Otherwise, it's like starlac said. Song after song after song with little story to speak of. Even the way it wraps itself up makes you suspicious of the writers. That said, there were parts I genuinely enjoyed. The king of Koo Koo Land was a trip. The song sung by The Greedy was probably the only good song in the whole movie, other than the genuinely sweet Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers and No Girl's Toy, which is fun on account of Andy's bewildering dancing and enthusiastic singing. The animation is also nothing to dismiss. It helps with the enjoyment factor and is actually beautiful in parts. Raggedy Ann and Andy are a joy to watch, especially when they dance together, but one particular scene that stands out involves a chase through a surreal black and white world. It sort of reminded me of bits of The Thief and the Cobbler. I could only but admire the artistry and hyper-kinetic appeal of it as I was watching.
Anyway. I felt this movie could be someone's cult guilty pleasure for the right price. It has a lot of things going for it.
Honestly I'm drawing a blank.
Yes, the new millennium was a wasteland for cartoons, but I think Jackie Chan Adventures was one of the better ones. I don't remember too much of the later seasons. I think the cartoon was good up to where they were dealing with the Panku Box.
The cartoon, endorsed by Jackie Chan, accurately replicated Chan's trademarked slapstick humor and stunt-filled brand of flying martial arts. I'm not sure if such a thing has what you would call a broad appeal. But then again, perhaps Avatar: The Last Airbender doesn't have what you would call broad appeal.
But whereas Avatar was a martial arts fantasy adventure with some comedy, Jackie Chan is a comedy adventure with some martial arts.
The animation stinks. The songs are un-hummable(with the unusual exceptions of Nothing Can Stop the Smooze and What Good Will Wishing Do?) The personalities are flat. And the uninitiated won't be able to tell a Fizzy from a Wind Whistler.
However, this is a much better piece of 80s culture than the Care Bears or Transformers movies and good for a rollicking good time for the kindergarten set. I've also come to the realization just how much magic and teeth were drained out of the subsequent incarnations in the Tales series and the G3 DTVs.
Lickety Split takes center stage in this movie. She makes a pretty good anti-hero.
I do agree on one thing from the previous reviews, though. The animation is leaps above what was considered the norm for shorts at the time. Fleischer has always had an eye for detail, even if it was at the expense of plot. Superman comes from this era when certain things you just didn't question. Just answer everything with "Just because." I love Superman, but I'm more used to the 90s interpretation. Of the original shorts, there are ones I have more fun watching than the very first one, like the one with the giant lizard or the one about the magnetic telescope.
Even so, this is a good piece of art.