>> Monday, December 08, 2008
It’s an old tale, told in a new way. At least that’s what I thought as I watched the trailers for the new animated release, Delgo, which opens this Friday, December 12. It’s the first independently produced and distributed movie from Fathom Studios and I think they’ve got a winner.
The story takes place in the magical land of Jhamora which is divided between two cultures – the Nohrin, winged masters of the skies, and the Lockni, the terrestrial tribe who harness the mystical powers of the land. When Delgo (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), a reckless Lockni teenager, forms a forbidden friendship with the spunky Nohrin Princess Kyla (Jennifer Love Hewitt), hostilities between the two peoples escalate, setting the stage for an exiled empress (Anne Bancroft) to exact her revenge and reclaim her rule.For an independent studio the casting is impressive: Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, Chris Kattan, Val Kilmer, Kelly Ripa, Burt Reynolds, Lou Gossett Jr. and Michael Clark Duncan. And it’s no mistake that the animated characters bear resemblance to the actors; the animators filmed them as they read their lines and incorporated their facial expressions and actions into their characters.
Falsely imprisoned, Delgo and his best friend, Filo (Chris Kattan), must put aside their differences to join forces with a sworn enemy, Bogardus (Val Kilmer), and travel to the mysterious land of Perran to rescue Princess Kyla. Here they encounter fanciful creatures and discover more than just a kidnapped princess, they learn the value of different cultures and the importance of working together.
This image, courtesy of Team Mom, shows the main characters Delgo and Princess Kyla. I love the color and detail in the animation.
While this film may be a bit much for my young daughters I know my nephews will be excited to see it. The animation is incredibly realistic, the action and adventure will keep them in their seats and the humor and story line will keep adults interested. This looks like a great family movie for this holiday season. Delgo is rated PG and has a running time of 90 minutes.
Fathom studios is based in Atlanta and has been creating award winning computer animation since 1991. Delgo was recently awarded “Best Feature Film” at Anima Mundi 2008