The world may be round but this picture is flat.
Brett Johnson | 09/14/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of those films where you just don't have any idea why it was even made. Why in the world would Germans feel drawn to a story featuring Christopher Columbus, a wood worm, a firefly princess and some sort of horribly, horribly animated swarm something-or-other? I just keep asking myself over and over again, "Why?"
The overall animation doesn't even come close to looking like anything out of the 1990's. It is very simplistic, drab and amateur-looking. Supposedly stationary objects jiggle back and forth and the mouths of characters don't match the words being spoken way too many times.
Forget about all of the important ingredients necessary to make a decent animated film. Dom DeLuise and Corey Feldman as your main voice talent? Ugh. Sheesh...and the songs in the film! You will thank me for the following advice: Do not keep any sharp objects lying around while watching this film! If you happen to find a pencil before you find the "Mute" button on the remote, well, you will probably be tempted to use it to puncture your eardrums. The sole good song is the one by Al Jarreau over the closing credits.
I don't even know where to begin as far as the story goes. Something about a wood worm who walks and talks and wears clothes. He has a carrot for a nose and tells Christopher Columbus that the world is actually round and not flat or square. The wood worm, named Pico, snags a girlfriend but she is later kidnapped by a swarm creature. Columbus convinces the Queen to give him three ships so he can sail to Asia and Pico tags along to try and find his girlfriend. They end up landing on a tropical island and find a fortune in gold. Is any of this sounding interesting to you?
This is one of those many films where you just know that the story behind the development of it is infinitely more interesting than the film itself. I don't know why the Germans didn't make something that they could relate to better. They tried to emulate an American animated film but completely and utterly failed. Even early episodes of "The Smurfs" are filled with more complex storytelling and cutting edge animation than this disaster. Bon Voyage!"
The worst animated film I have ever seen
Janeth A. Fernandez | 05/18/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Although I usually watch films from my childhood that I watched on a frequent basis or films that are of interest to me, I'm going to review a film from my childhood that my sister and I barely watched. This film is The Magic Voyage, a film written by Ute Koll (possible pseudonym for Uwe Boll?). I decided to take it off my dusty shelf and watch it. After all, it can't be that bad.
I made a terrible mistake. This film is so badly made, that any good value of the film is ruined. Not even an all star cast could save it.
Okay, here's the plot: Columbus (Dom DeLuise) has an idea: he thinks the world is square. That is, he thinks the world is square until Pico (Corey Feldman) chews Columbus's square cube to make it more circular, giving Columbus the idea that the world is round. He goes to King Ferdinand (Dan Haggerty) to fund his voyage, but Ferdinand refuses until Queen Isabella (Samantha Eggar) falls in love with Columbus and forces Ferdinand to fund him. Before the voyage, however, Pico falls in love with Marilyn, the Firefly (Irene Cara), who is kidnapped by the Swarm Lord (also Dan Haggerty). So, in addition to finding the New World, Columbus and Pico have to save Marilyn as well.
Before I say anything else, I just want to say one thing: The songs are AWFUL. I could write better songs. Corey Feldman may be a good actor, but he can't sing to save his life. Like another reviewer said, the only good song is the one in the end credits. Moving on...
Bad songs aside, the animation is what ruins the film. It's terrible. Honestly, the "cartoon camera" as you may call it, is terrible, taking extreme close-ups unnecessarily. Characters say things that don't match the lip movements, or at times even match the facial expressions of the character. The timing is bad, at one point Christopher Columbus notices Pico before he even looks down. At times it seems like they're ad-libbing, or even making up the dialogue instead of dubbing it. Frankly, the animation for this film makes Titanic: The Animated Movie look like the animation of Miyazaki films.
The only good thing about this film is the song at the end credits. It's pretty good for a pop song in the 90's. Oh, yeah, and there are some cute jokes, but they really aren't good enough to even try to raise the rating.
It's a very sad thing when you highly anticipate watching a movie but when you watch it you find out it sucks. The Magic Voyage is a fine example. Like I said, other than a few fun jokes and the song in the end credits, this film has no redeeming value. I only recommend it to you if you are a masochist or someone who becomes so curious by reading a negative review for something that they have to see it to believe it."