Director/s: Liz Holzman, Rusty Mills, Tom Ruegger, Russell Calabrese, Nelson Recinos, Greg Reyna, Kirk Tingblad, Charles Visser
Writer/s: Tom Ruegger, Nick DuBois, Earl Kress, Kevin Hopps, Charles M. Howell IV, Randy Rogel
Starring: Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Paxton Whitehead, and more.
Requested Review from Logan Elkin!
My buddy Logan has a tough one for me here. With this post I analyze the animated film, “Wakko’s Wish!” An Animaniacs movie and a musical too. Honestly, I am not big on cartoons, as well as musical cartoons. I also have no idea what this movie is about, and I also did not even watch The Animaniacs when I was a kid. So with a whole lot of mystery here, I took a dive into the cartoon movie.
“The Warner Brother (and the Warner Sister) go on a quest to find a fallen wishing star.”
I will be honest, I was predetermining that I was not going to like this movie. Too many things were active that I am not a mega fan of like cartoon style animation, cartoon musical numbers, and an expectation of silly gimmicky jokes. However, and exactly as I like it, I was proven wrong by the end of the movie. “Wakko’s Wish” is a charming and fun little movie. The three main characters, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, are the sweetest and most delightful characters.
One thing though: aside from our three main people, the remainder of the characters can be categorized as a little important to the story or just completely pointless. This does not take away from our three favorites and the story, but it definitely is a glaring point when considered.
The story is a sweet story as well. It has its heart-warming moments, some pretty deep and tragic moments, shockingly, and plenty of comedic moments. The comedy is actually the one thing I enjoyed the most, as there were plenty of jokes that were more grown up jokes rather than slapstick childlike ones.
Now, aside from the additional characters being pointless, the glaring aspect that I did not enjoy was all the musical numbers. I am a fan of live musicals and film musicals. I can tolerate animated films and their musical numbers, but when it goes to cartoons and music, I have to draw the line. Some of the songs were fun and catchy, sure. But there were times where I felt like it was one after another after another. Too much for my taste.
It is fun, it is sweet, it is charming. “Wakko’s Wish” hits all its marks that it probably intended to. This is a great kids movie while also having some appeal for a more grown demographic. I would most definitely recommend this for a watch for the kiddos and even for the adults who would like an easy going fun movie.
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