UglyDolls is a 2019 animated musical comedy film directed by Kelly Asbury. The film stars Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton, Wanda Sykes, Gabriel Iglesias, Wang Leehom, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX, Lizzo, Nick Jonas and Pitbull. the film was distributed by STX Entertainment.
In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weirdness is celebrated, strangeness is special and beauty is embraced as more than meets the eye. After traveling to the other side of a mountain, Moxy and her UglyDoll friends discover Perfection -- a town where more conventional dolls receive training before entering the real world to find the love of a child. Soon, the UglyDolls learn what it means to be different -- ultimately realizing that they don't have to be perfect to be amazing.
Why It Sucks
- Much like The Emoji Movie, the film is a complete cash-grab and was only made just to advertise the UglyDolls plushes. It's basically a commercial disguised as a movie.
- It is also similar to films like The Angry Birds Movie in the aspect of it being based on something that isn't very popular these days, Even though The Angry Birds Movie was executed well.
- Uglydolls was released just one week after Avengers: Endgame, which only worsened the box office ratings. Even Pokemon Detective Pikachu beat the s*it out of this movie at the box office!
- The movie was stuck in development hell for 9 years and came out as a generic kids film with the clichéd "be yourself" moral, which has been done tons of times in movies like Wonder, Maya the Bee: The Movie, Bratz and, The Emoji Movie.
- Terrible voice acting, since most of the cast consists of famous singers instead of actual actors.
- Wastes the talents of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Wanda Sykes, Charli XCX, Bebe Rexha, Emma Roberts, Lizzo, and Ice-T.
- Also, Blake Shelton stated that the actors recorded their roles during commercial breaks of The Voice, meaning they only spent like five minutes at a time recording.
- Failed attempts at comedy, with the biggest offenders being the Gibberish Cat and the line "I'm an individual, just like all of you".
- The plot is highly unoriginal, as it borrows plot elements from other movies. Here are examples below:
- The UglyDolls trying to find a home has already been done in Home.
- A scene where the UglyDolls form a human chain to avoid an incinerator is a blatant rip-off of the incinerator scene in Toy Story 3.
- Not to mention, the plot is very predictable and formulaic, about multiple characters who try to fit in with the other, superior characters, but eventually, they accept themselves for who they are.
- The perfect dolls look like prep school students when they are actually adults. Also, they look way too human to be convincing dolls.
- Moxy is annoying, as she is over-confident, has extreme curiosity, and has the ability to make others feel great.
- Lou is the equivalent of Gale from Angry Birds Stella Toons. Both are stereotyped leaders, obsessed with fashion, are generic antagonists, and like being praised by their looks, except they aren’t the same gender.
- The UglyDolls and Perfect Dolls aren't even that unique at all. All of the character groups look exactly the same.
- The designs for the UglyDolls were completely butchered, as they've been cutesified to appeal towards kids, which makes no sense considering the fact that they're called "UglyDolls".
- Uncreative names, such as the land the UglyDolls live in being called "UglyVille", and Moxy's closest friend being called "Ugly Dog".
- Mediocre, saccharine, and generic music that sound like they're from the Disney Channel.
- Good animation, though it could have some improvements.
- "The Ugly Truth" is the only good song in the film.
- It pokes fun at itself: For example, in the end, Wage says the adventure might have taken a day, or 83 minutes, which is the time of the movie without the credits.
- Kelly Clarkson's still amazing and this was an improvement over From Justin to Kelly.
The film received negative reviews from critics. It holds a 29% Critic Score and 61% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Metacritic gave the film a 40/100 "Mixed or Average reviews " while audiences on IMDb gave the film a 4.6/10 rating.