Salutations everyone! Preston Ward Condra is here and I would like to give a review for the Ed, Edd n' Eddy and Transformers crossover movie Transformers: Legend of the Black Cauldron.www.moviemanmdg.com/tr…
Distributed by Dreamworks Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate Films & Walt Disney Pictures.
Playlist Made and Executive Produced by B-Master Productions
Series Created, Executive Produced, Story, Produced, Edited, and Directed by MoviemanMDG
Co-produced with Millennium Films
Length: 2 hours and 20 minutes
The movie immediately takes place following the events of The Rise of Maleficent. Not like 3 months is significant of a time frame.
We are introduced to a character named Taran
with his pet pig Hen Wen
. He has to guard the pig because...it has mystical
powers or something. A very dumb plot set-up but, at least the story itself is different and trying something new out. That's all the occurs for Part 1 of the film.
Part 2 of the film (there's 17 different parts) introduces us to the Ed boys (yay.) and Eddy finds a treasure map that belonged to his Brother and seeks to find what lies at the X. In the while, wearing Halloween costumes.
Eddy's brother was I think, not even mentioned once in Rise of Maleficent so to introduce his existence like that isn't great in the long run to do so for this franchise.
Taran finds that The Horned King
is after the Black Cauldron and Hen Wen
Who? Yeah this is where the plot starts falling flat on it's face. The villain itself, The Horned King is completely forgettable and he's nothing but I WANT THE PIG, I WANT THE PIG, blah blah blah. He needs the pig to find The Black Cauldron. Only the pig knows apparently.
Things start getting more jarring with the plot as more characters are introduced such as when The Expendables
join the cast.
Ed, Double D, Eddy, Sora, Donald & Goofy simply bump into them in the forest, while in the pursuit of what's on Eddy's Brother treasure map. The treasure map side story, is immediately dropped and never mentioned for the reminder of the film.
The editing, while certainly not bad, is filled with a bit too much text written dialogue at the bottom of the screen, to read. It seems more apparent here than it was in Rise of Maleficent.
The scene changes to Taran, a girl named Eilonwy
and a dog-some creature Gurgi.
Gurgi is easily the best thing to come out of this movie but, more on him later.
We eventually get all these characters interjected with one another, and they get themselves captured in The Horned King's castle. A bit too much whining and complaining from these characters, and seeing Double D, Ed and Eddy do some more butt-kicking would've been nice.
And this is all just to protect a pig mind you. The pig doesn't even have any spoken dialogue at all to work with. Sure I understand that's what the character does in The Black Cauldron but...it's just not fun. He just squeals like a normal pig and doesn't get along well with Taran.
And of course Taran's sexism dialogue and interaction with Elionwy. That wasn't fun to sit through either. Taran is a sexist jerk.
I wouldn't have a problem with this if it wasn't for the fact, that she's the ONLY
female character in this entire film.
Sylvester Stallone gets our heroes out of the castle with a grenade. Yay. At least we are out of the dull, bland castle for the time being and move into the forest again.
...I honestly don't remember much of interest for the reminder of the movie, other than, well the noble sacrifice one of our heroes made with jumping into The Cauldron to save the day. I won't say who.
Ed does get a little moment of wonder in this movie, near the end of it all but...it just doesn't carry over for the reminder of this franchise (and yes I have seen all 7 of them. The latest one being The Lion King with Ed, Edd n' Eddy)
Going back to the written text to read at the bottom of the screen, at the very least the text that DOES
appear in this movie, is very clear to read and the written text doesn't rush itself through, with moving the plot along for you to read.
Taran was a real friggin' jerk in this movie. Not likable at all, and thankfully I believe he appears in the Madagascar B-Master production sequel after this and the series, thankfully abandons him after that. Yay.
Coming into this movie, I thought it would be much, MUCH
darker than The Rise Of Maleficent. But it really wasn't minus some fowl written censored text language uttered by Jason Statham. And I really do mean that. The F bombs by Statham are all text written.
Recommendations to make this series better? Some custom sprites / Custom mp4 animation
you can use in a Movie Maker project like VSDC Free Editor would be cool. Like make Eddy appear next to Sylvester Stallone in the forest instead of, flip flopping between an episode of Ed Edd n' Eddy and one of The Expendables movies to make it seem, they are interacting with each other.
Custom still pictures would be nice. Like take a snapshot of a scene of Ed Edd n' Eddy, you watch and use that picture of Double D with the snapshot still you took of him.
Some might be disappointed by Optimus, Bumblebee and the others, lack of screen time in this but, considering the cast of perhaps too many characters we have in this already, I personally didn't mind that.
Boo at not playing New Divide by Linkin Park in the credits of the movie.
Overall Score - 5.7 out of 10 (mediocre)
Closing Thoughts - This is about as mediocre as a movie can get. Will anybody outside of nerdy people like myself give a crap about watching this? No. Will anyone ever play this in a High School auditorium? Yeah good luck with that. Though to be fair though, the movie doesn't really do anything wrong, other than headlining a forgettable villain and unlikable central character in Taran. The movie centers around The Black Cauldron so I can't get too mad about that in the first place. Get past that, and the rest of the cast itself is colorful, cute and cool. But...maybe perhaps amp up extra work and heart with custom pictures and custom mp4 animation for this series would be a great addition and something worthy, I would show outside of the nerdy crowd.
That's my 10 cents. Thank you for reading ladies and gentlemen. This is Preston Ward Condra signing off. And bye.