Film: Motu Patlu: King of Kings
Cast (Voices): Vinay Shukla, Saurav Chakraborty
Director: Suhag D Kadav
The much loved long running children’s cartoon from Nickelodeon, which had its origins 46 years ago and still running hot in Lotpot comic books, has an avid following among children all across India and especially in the north- comes to screen in an animated 3D avatar.
The story is poorly scripted and the dialogues and mannerisms of the animated characters are a little too shoddily attached to be exciting. Guddu (Vinay Shukla) a completely vegan circus Lion manages to escape from a severe fire and loses his way in a gated colony.
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The residents there are shocked out of their wits and call in Motu and Patlu to get them out of their predicament. Since this film is mainly meant to whip up latent interest from the die-hard fan base we are not told why the inept duo is called in for the rescue.
The duo manages to befriend the lion by means of a mechanical device that aids them in two way communication and lure him into going to a National park. But Guddu wants to roam free in the very forest where illegal logging and poaching have caused the untimely death of the much revered King of the Jungle.
Now it’s up to Motu and Patlu to convince him that he can be an able stand-in for the dearly departed King, in order to teach the villainous poachers a lesson they may never forget. The messaging here is completely contradictory. By making Guddu vegetarian, the creators have done a disservice to non-vegetarians and have cocked a hoop at scientifically proven theories on the origin of the species as well as the natural order of the food chain.
Guddu who has been brought up in the company of humans, is also shown as having little inkling as to human behaviour and he is afraid of dogs. To top that, rescuers Motu and Patlu are portrayed as incredibly inept and clueless as to the natural order of things. They are bumbling idiots who become heroes by chance and don’t have the intellectual wherewithal to distinguish between predator and pet. This is some kind of a weird fantasy that is quite intellectually and factually challenged. Even the animation is pretty much substandard.
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The flexibility of characters and their rendering is hopeless. The motor movements of the characters are all wrong and their actions go against every naturally ordained limitation. The 3D effects are pitiably non-existent and the voicing sounds totally faked. Motu and Patlu here may not be as funny as Laurel and Hardy (obvious influence) was, but their child friendly sermonizing does earn them some brownie points nevertheless. The story is poorly scripted and the dialogues and mannerisms a little too shoddily attached to be exciting. This is entirely substandard stuff and unlikely to help expand Lotpot’s fanbase.