MOVIE REVIEW: Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie

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MovieCheech & Chong’s Animated Movie
DirectorsBranden Chambers, Eric D. Chambers
WritersTommy Chong, Cheech Marin
StudioBig Vision Entertainment, Chamber Bros. Entertainment

This played out cash grab from comedy veterans  will most likely only appeal to the most immature or die-hard fans.

No one can deny the fact that Cheech & Chong are comedy legends. Unfortunately stars eventually burn out, and that seems to be what happened here with Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie. This is going to be a brief review because, in all honesty, I barely made it through the whole movie. I will say that older hippies that own every Cheech & Chong record will probably get some laughs out of the movie, but for everyone else I would suggest avoiding it.

The main problem I had with this film is that it is nothing new. At least six of the skits in Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie are their “greatest hits”, and how many times can you  see “Dave’s not here, man” before it loses its appeal?  It feels borderline insulting that they just added cheap looking flash animations over old bits and labeled it as a new movie instead of coming up with some new, solid, material. It’s only been a few decades since their last film, I guess they needed more time.

There are some newer bits, but they fall pretty flat. In one sketch Cheech & Chong are dogs doing some dog things. It starts out humorous but it does not really go anywhere. That was the problem with all of the new bits. They started out with a funny concept (there were even a few times where it got genuinely hilarious) but before too long it stops being funny and dives into middle school humor.

The entire time I was watching Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie I kept thinking I had seen this concept before, but better. It finally hit me about halfway through that this movie felt very similar to Kevin Smith’s Smodimations. The difference is that Smodimations is more absurd and fresh, which lends itself to the cartoon medium far more effectively. I guess what I am trying to say is if you are going to celebrate 4/20 with a cartoon stoner movie there are better options out there because Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie goes up in smoke pretty fast.

Score: D-

Review written by: Justin Proper

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  • Walterc

    Bummer.I’m glad I didn’t rent it now.Thats the first time I said that about Cheech and Chong. I had all their albums and they were pretty cool.Too bad this movie wasn’t.

  • Walterc

    They need to make another live movie,not this cartoon junk.And put in new funny jokes and stuff.This was like watching a bad Saturday morning cartoon.