"This movie definitely sucked, but I didn't know what to expect. It could of have a chance of being decent, if the writers actually cared, but it honestly felt like they were too lazy to write a good script."— PhantomStrider
Hello Kitty (FAKE)
NOTE: This film is obviously fake, you can add your own reasons and improve the page as long as the characters and stuff have to do with the Sanrio and/or Hello Kitty, BUT DO NOT VANDALIZE IT!
"Why do film makers still believe that kids are idiots? They aren't! I am pretty sure a kid with a low IQ would still be smart enough to know that this movie is terrible and is insulting to both kids and Sanrio fans!"— Nostalgia Critic
"DID WE JUST PLAY THE SAME GAME HERE?!? This movie repeats all of the same mistakes that movies like The Smurfs and Alvin and the Chipmunks had, but you somehow just made an even worse version as this one doesn't even have the slightest fucking hint of having anything new to bring and then add to the table! It was supposed to be a movie with a fun adventure, but it turned out to be an even WORSE war crime than Open Season 2 ever was!"— Dumbsville
"See this? (points to a poster of Hello Kitty) Someone just challenged Tony Leondis, Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Steven Spielberg to battle for the title of "King Of Advertising Propaganda" and had successfully beaten their works to a pulp. Yes, this actually happened. "— GamingMagic13
Hello Kitty is an American 3D live-action/computer-animated comedy film based on the Hello Kitty brand, which is a character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio, created by Yuko Shimizu and currently designed by Yuko Yamaguchi.
It stars Tara Strong as Hello Kitty, Kate Harbour as My Melody, Mimmy White, Kuromi and Cinnamoroll, Nancy Cartwright as Badtz-Maru, Chococat, Dear Daniel, Gudetama and Purin, Alexander Beltman as Jonathon Purson, Tina Fey as Sally Purson, Annie Potts as Catnip and Mary White and Billy West as George White and Saber.
Hello Kitty and her friends all randomly discover that two new people have come to visit their town, Saber and Catnip, they both turn out to be evil people who want to rule the town, when Kitty and her friends try to run away from them, they discover a black hole in the pond, they try to get near it, which then causes them to get sucked into the black hole and end up in New York, they soon meet two people named Jonathon Purson and Sally Purson, who are both company employees that are actually really rich but often like to spend too much money on things. Hello Kitty and her friends soon get to know these people and they soon work together to stop Saber and Catnip from becoming overlords, although, Hello Kitty becomes famous after an incident in a toy shop and her fame comes to her head and forgets to spend time with her family and friends.
Why This Movie Won't Make You Say Hello To It
- The story is rather generic, predictable and unoriginal, most of the elements are rehashed from The Smurfs, Postman Pat: The Movie and Yogi Bear.
- As a matter of fact, the story feels like a rip off of The Smurfs movie but with the Sanrio characters placed into it.
- Some elements from Postman Pat: The Movie are rehashed here too because this movie also uses the generic "fame getting to the character's head" trope for the parts where Hello Kitty becomes famous.
- Elements from Yogi Bear are rehashed too because there is a subplot with Jonathon and Sally where they try to stop a rival company from shutting down their company, which is similar to Yogi, Boo-Boo, and Ranger Smith joining forces to save their beloved campground from closing forever in Yogi Bear.
- Many of the original ideas for the movies were mostly scrapped for certain reasons, for example, the movie was originally going to be set in London, but then it was changed to Tokyo, and then it was finally changed to New York.
- Most of the Sanrio characters have been flanderized from their original counterparts:
- Hello Kitty has gone from an optimistic, friendly and caring person who loves her friends and family no matter what into a somewhat greedy, spoiled, whiny brat who only cares about doing stuff that she likes and not what the others want to do.
- Mimmy White has gone from a slightly less outgoing, but polite and thoughtful sibling into a crybaby who often non-stop throws tantrums over little things.
- Mary "Mama" White has gone from a kind, caring and family-oriented mother who loves to cook into a strict, bossy mother who often grounds her children non-stop.
- Kuromi has gone from a tomboy who is secretly very girly on the inside to being reduced to a lazy slob who only likes watching TV and doing absolutely nothing aside from that.
- Badtz-Maru went from a mischievous penguin into an egotistical liar who denies everything that he does is wrong and seemingly has no empathy towards anyone's feelings.
- Gudetama, while still a likable character, has been reduced to only making fart jokes and often making really bad egg puns.
- Many of the jokes in this movie often rely way too much being pop culture references to other pieces of media, which can get quite annoying and is also out of place since most shows based on Hello Kitty rarely tried to do stuff like this, not to mention, some of the references feel somewhat outdated for a movie released in 2022, some scenes include:
- The scene that had Hello Kitty imagining how a baby is born, in which it involves Hello Kitty as a fetus floating in space looking down at earth with Also Sprach Zarathustra playing, which is a parody to the ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- Badtz-Maru shouting "Let's a go!", as a reference to Super Mario.
- Hello Kitty shouting "You're too slow!", as a reference to Sonic the Hedgehog.
- My Melody and Jonathon watching The Muppets (2011).
- The scene where Badtz-Maru and Hello Kitty tried to jump a gorge with a skateboard, as a reference to The Simpsons episode "Bart the Daredevil".
- My Melody and Kuromi flossing during the dance party scene.
- Hello Kitty's father telling his daughter "I am your father!" while wearing a Saber disguise, followed by Hello Kitty screaming "NOOOO!", as a reference to Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
- Badtz-Maru and Kuromi screaming "HER SISTER WAS A WITCH!" repeatedly.
- Kuromi singing "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot while being home alone.
- "#BrooklynBloodPop!" by SYKO playing when My Melody and Hello Kitty try to choose a song for the party.
- Astronaut in The Ocean by Masked Wolf playing when My Melody and Hello Kitty try to choose a song for the party.
- Hello Kitty and her friends travelling through the black hole into an area that resembles the Stargate scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- Purin asking "Can we fix it?" when Jonathon and Sally question if they could ever fix their relationship, as a Bob the Builder reference.
- Badtz-Maru saying "I like trains", as a reference to Asdfmovie2.
- Chococat ordering McNuggets and making a TV night with watching Ninjago: Masters Of Spinjitsu on Cartoon Network.
- Kuromi watching Family Guy on Disney+.
- Hello Kitty playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf on a 3DS.
- Aggretsuko playing Tetris 99 during the post-credits scene.
- Mimmy White screaming "I want THEEEEEEEEEM!!!" quote from the first Arthur and The Minimoys movie.
- One problem that many fans had with this movie was that it did not have Keroppi in it, despite being a popular Sanrio character, the reason why he was not in the movie was that many of the original scripts for the movie ended up being scrapped, and Keroppi was in nearly every single one of the original scripts, Keroppi would have been in this movie, but due to the fact that writer forgot about his existence, he is nowhere to be seen or even mentioned this film.
- The movie has so many unnecessary product placements in it, in fact, there are so many product placements that you could play a game where you would spot out a product placement and write it down when it appears on a piece of paper. Such product placements include Disney+, Nintendo Switch, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Pokémon, Bob the Builder, GameStop, Fortnite, Burger King, McDonald's, iPhone, Windows, Among Us, Barbie, Walgreens, IKEA, Netflix, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Tetris 99, Doritos, Butterfingers, Google, Coca-Cola, The Muppets, LEGO, Pringles, Walmart, Nintendo 3DS, Monster High, etc.
- Some of the non-pop culture jokes just sometimes consist of gross-out jokes, such as the one disgusting scene where Badtz-Maru farted really loudly after eating a can of beans during the dinner scene and the infamous scene where Kuromi forces Hello Kitty to eat her own faeces.
- As good as the voice acting may be, there are quite a few questionable roles for some characters:
- Despite doing a good job at voicing My Melody, Mimmy White and Cinnamoroll, Kate Harbour's voice for Kuromi is not all that great, as she doesn't do a good job at trying to make her sound tough or tomboyish like she is supposed to be.
- Nancy Cartwright does an okay job at voicing Badtz-Maru, but the only problem with the voice is that it sounds a bit too much like Bart Simpson rather than what Badtz-Maru would sound like, considering the fact that Nancy also voices Bart Simpson in the actual The Simpsons show.
- False Advertising: Most of the posters for the movie show Mimmy White, Dear Daniel and Gudetama in them, but they don’t really get that much screen time in the actual movie itself.
- Even though most of the characters actually manage to fit their original classic designs pretty well in live-action, Gudetama is the only one that looks creepy in live-action.
- Most of the new characters in this movie are uninteresting and uncreative:
- Catnip and Saber are both uninteresting and cliche villains who both want to be overlords and to rule the world, they feel like rehashes of Mr. Carbunkle from Postman Pat: The Movie.
- Jonathon and Sally are both uninteresting characters too, as they barely seem to have that much personality throughout the movie, and they feel like rehashes of Patrick and Grace Winslow from The Smurfs.
- Quite a few of the lines in this movie are rather cringe-worthy to listen to, some of the offending examples include:
- Hello Kitty: "Wow, I am stupid!"
- Badtz-Maru: "I guess you could say that New York in 1989 was "Old York"!"
- My Melody: "There are dead people? That's pretty sus!"
- Mary White: "You silly little brat, can you even do anything right? You are grounded grounded grounded for the whole day!"
- The live-action designs for the characters are great and manage to fit the characters with the original designs pretty well in live-action.
- Most of the voice acting is actually pretty good:
- Hello Kitty is voiced by Tara Strong, who does a fantastic job at voicing her, it is also nice seeing her voice Hello Kitty again as she originally had Hello Kitty as her first-ever major voice role in Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater.
- With the exception of Kuromi, Kate Harbour does a good job at voicing My Melody, Mimmy White and Cinnamoroll.
- Nancy Cartwright, Annie Potts and Billy West all do decent jobs at voicing their characters.
- Alexander Beltman and Tina Fey do good jobs at playing the human characters.
- There are a few funny and clever scenes:
- The scene where Jonathon and My Melody are watching The Muppets (2011), and then My Melody asks Jonathon "is that our neighbour in the movie?", in which Jonathon replies "No, that is just someone that looks like him" is actually pretty funny.
- The scene where Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel try to chase Saber in the giant toy shop, while constantly tripping over by random objects and bumping into people is hilarious.
- Aggretsuko's cameo during the post-credits scene was hilarious, despite being used for a product placement for Tetris 99, it was hilarious when Aggretsuko ended up coming 99th place in the game and ended up rage quitting at it.
- Despite some of the characters being flanderized, My Melody, George "Papa" White, Cinnamoroll, Dear Daniel, Chococat and Purin are still likable characters that were thankfully not flanderized.
- Despite being reduced to making egg puns and fart jokes, Gudetama is still a likable and sympathetic character.
- Some of the scenes in this movie were pretty heart-warming to watch, such as the scene where My Melody snuggles up with Hello Kitty and Kuromi while sleeping in bed.
- The montage scene where the Sanrio characters experience life without Hello Kitty with "Sweater Weather" by The Neighbourhood playing during the scene is a pretty emotional scene to watch.
- Hello Kitty is seen in her Sonic outfit in this movie!
“Hello Kitty The Movie” was critically panned by fans of Hello Kitty and Sanrio, audiences, and critics alike, the movie Original Unfinished Scrapped from fans of Hello Kitty and Sanrio. The movie was criticised for having Hello Kitty flanderized into an unlikable brat and the movie having lots of pop-culture references and product placements, as well as it rehashing ideas from The Smurfs, though, some praised it for the faithfulness of the designs in live-action and great voice acting. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 40% critic score and a 43% audience score, it currently sits at a 4.5/10 rating on IMDb and on Metacritic, the film has a weighted score of 40 out of 100, indicating "generally unfavourable reviews".
The film became a box office bomb with it’s budget being 29000,000,000 Million dollars wasted, with the film only grossing $21.3 million domestically. it became a box office flop and it made a total of $13.2 million worldwide.
- Yuko Shimizu (the creator of Hello Kitty) admits that she hates this movie and called it a massive insult to her creation.
- This was the first-ever theatrical Hello Kitty movie.
- In the original scripts, Keroppi was planned to be one of the main characters in it, due to complications with the writing of the scripts, they were mostly scrapped, and the main reason why Keroppi was not in the final film was the writer completely forgot to write him in the movie.
- This movie had three ideas for where it was going to be set in:
- It was originally going to be set in London, but the directors thought it would be confusing as Hello Kitty's character clearly lives in London according to her backstory.
- The second idea was Tokyo, but the directors thought it wouldn't work because they wanted to have Hello Kitty meet up with characters who are English.
- The final idea was New York, which ended up being the official idea for the movie.
- Tara Strong apologised for the movie after the massive backlash that fans of Sanrio gave to it after release, she claimed that even she admitted that she didn't like the movie's script and has expressed disappointment with the result of the movie.