Delgo

Delgo movie poster
MPAA rating: PG
Genre: Animated
A teenager and his friends attempt to protect their world from conflict between two warring factions.
Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr., Chris Kattan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, Val Kilmer, Kelly Ripa, Eric Idle, Michael Clarke Duncan
Director: Jason Maurer, Marc F. Adler
Running time: 1:30
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Editorial Review

There's a lot of clever visual imagination at work in "Delgo," an animated feature from outside Hollywood's mainstream. The battles are boring and the jokes as flat as old 7-Up, but the film's color palette and creatures -- from teeny buzzing critters to a monster that looks like a giant dust mite -- offer a lot to see. It's just not enough to save the convoluted story.

Set in a distant time, "Delgo" is about two races of beings, the winged Nohrin and the earthbound Lockni, who have kinetic powers. The Nohrin and Lockni used to live in peace, but the Nohrin king's (voice of Louis Gossett Jr.) evil sister (the late Anne Bancroft) started a war. She was exiled but is plotting to start a new war and to take her brother's throne. Unaware of all this are a clever Lockni teen named Delgo (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and a smart Nohrin princess, Kyla (Jennifer Love Hewitt). They meet and nearly start a romance, but grudges they've been taught to hold keep souring the mood. Yet when violence breaks out and Kyla is abducted, Delgo and pal Filo (Chris Kattan) ally with the honorable Nohrin general Bogardus (Val Kilmer) to save her and stop the war.

Although the film may be too violent for kids younger than 10 and too storybook for teens, it is a tale of mythic pretensions and can be quite stunning.

-- Jane Horwitz (Dec. 12, 2008)

Contains sequences of fantasy action violence.