As the old saying goes: If you love something, let it go. If it really loves you back, it'll return when you're well into adulthood, taking the form of a DreamWorks Animation feature film. So, remember everything you loved when you were a kid? Cartoons about friendly ghosts, claymation factotums, Eternia defenders, and junkyard-centric schoolchildren? Super-literal detectives, masked avengers, educational livestock puppets, and heroic collies? No matter where your adorations lie, they're included in the latest purchase of Classic Media by DreamWorks; the sale will transfer the rights of over 450 family entertainment titles to the motion picture studio.
Among them: Casper, Gumby, He-Man and She-Ra, Fat Albert, Dick Tracy, The Lone Ranger, Lamb Chop, Lassie, Where's Waldo?, Pat the Bunny, Richie Rich, Wendy the Good Little Witch, Hot Stuff, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, George of the Jungle, Rankin Bass' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, Mr. Magoo, Felix the Cat, Underdog, and Mr. Peabody and Sherman, which is presently in development as a film, with Ty Burrell as the voice of the titular time-traveling terrier.
And that is only twenty-odd titles in a list of 450! Basically, everything in which you spent your younger days investing your existential philosophies should soon be a DreamWorks movie. So what are you most looking forward to?
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If there’s one positive thing about Delta Farce is that is actually follows a tried and true comedy formula-- namely the fish-out-of-water scenario—with moderate success. Down on his luck after losing his job and his girlfriend on the same day Larry (of the Cable Guy variety) decides to join his neighbor Bill (Bill Engvall) and his combat-happy buddy Everett (DJ Qualls) for a relaxing weekend of playing army. But when the three unlucky guys are mistaken for Army Reservists they’re loaded onto an army plane headed for Iraq--and mistakenly ejected in a Humvee somewhere over Mexico. Don’t ask. Convinced they’re actually in the Middle East the clueless wannabe soldiers turn into Magnificent Seven meets the Three Amigos and save a rural village from a siege of bandits proving to be real heroes after all. If you need to laugh at the war on terror you might as well do it with Larry the Cable Guy. He serves up his particular brand of comedy making light of a bad situation. In fact not only does he come off somewhat sympathetically as the hapless boob with a heart of gold he also gets the hot chick at the end of the movie. Go Larry! As his accomplice fellow stand-up Bill Engvall follows his own comic routine playing a hen-pecked trailer trash denizen who views this adventure as a great way to escape his overbearing wife and snotty kids. As the third doofus DJ Qualls (Hustle & Flow) plays a trigger-happy wannabe jarhead who sees this opportunity as a way to gain some street cred. And in a supporting role Danny Trejo a Robert Rodriguez regular pokes fun at his scary looks as the leader of the marauding bandits aptly named Carlos Santana. Yes the jokes are plenty. Director C.B.Harding is obviously a Larry the Cable Guy crony since his only other feature film credit is the Blue Collar Comedy Tour movie. Honestly all that’s really required of him is to point and shoot with maybe a few action sequences to coordinate here and there. But while the formula works as a cohesive movie having to sit through Delta Farce’s comic stylings is the tricky part. What it really boils down to is whether you’re a fan of Larry the Cable Guy. If so you’ll (I would hope) realize you’re watching a pretty stupid comedy but will laugh in the appropriate parts. If not I would really wonder what the heck you are doing sitting in the theater.