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A boastful elf and his prank-happy orc brother must learn to work together to stop a fiendish orc gang from retrieving a magical stone that will give them the power to take over the world.
How It Copies Onward
- The designs of our two main protagonists, Lloyd and Barl Lightspinner, follow the same body type shtick as Ian and Barley Lightfoot.
- The names of the characters are suspiciously similar (Barl equals Barley and Lightspinner equals Lightfoot).
- Both movies share the setting of a modern world inhabited by fantasy beings and have a plot point of magic being virtually replaced by technology.
- The title names sound very similar, both ending with "ward".
Why It Sucks
- The most obvious complaint aside, it also copies other movies like Warcraft.
- Barl's design also bears an uncanny resemblance to Wreck-It Ralph, with people jokingly calling him "Destroy-It Davey".
- Every character is unlikable.
- Misleading poster for two reasons:
- There are two characters in the back on both sides, but they barely show up in the movie.
- Tom Green's name is on the poster, but he doesn’t voice Lloyd or Barl; instead, he voices the Principal, who is in the movie for only 5 minutes and is not an important character whatsoever.
- Awful music, especially New Orc City, compared to CarGo.
- Atrocious dialogue.
- The animation, while better than The Asylum's other three disasters of animated films, is still largely mediocre. It also still suffers from errors and other goofs like model clipping, and the lip-syncing is occasionally inconsistent.
- The character models look extremely stiff and unemotional.
- Voice acting that ranges from lazy to outright laughable.
- Poor writing:
- There's a major plot hole, in the beginning, orcs and elves made peace in the war, but in the present day, elves have a good living condition but the orcs have bad living conditions.
- Lloyd, after abandoning Barl in New Orc City, suddenly changes his feelings, like he would be punished by his parents (who are never seen in the film) if he leaves Barl there. Not only does it feel like a last-minute addition, but why did Lloyd even abandon Barl if he knew he could be punished for doing so?
- Blatant product placement, such as Nintendo Switch.
- They try to make Onward look like a rip-off by putting it before.
- This movie has its share of funny moments, such as Barl listening to radio music and then quietly saying "muuuuuuusic....!", as well as an elderly elf mishearing what other characters say to her.
- The credits theme is the only good song in the entire movie.