Horrid Henry: The Movie
Horrid Henry: The Movie is a 2011 British 3D children's adventure comedy film directed by Nick Moore, starring Theo Stevenson as the titular character. It is based on the books and TV series. The film was the first British film for children to be shot in 3D, and was officially released in cinemas on 29 July 2011 in 2D, RealD 3D, and 3D formats by Vertigo Films in the United Kingdom. In the United States and Canada, Phase 4 Films and Entertainment One released the film in theatres on 22 December 2012.
After failing to hand in his homework again, Henry sets of a chain of events that will see him and his gang try to foil a headmaster's plan to close down their school, that they claim to hate.
Why It Sucks
- A noticeable problem with the movie is that a lot of the actors don't match their book/cartoon counterparts too well and the way they either look or sound (or both) bears barely any resemblance to how they do in the book/cartoon. Even a few characters have drastically different items of clothing. This is somewhat understandable since this is live-action and there isn't really any people that look 100% accurate to the books/cartoon, but even the live-action adaptation of The Flintstones had more fitting casting choices.
- The locations don't look like they do in the books/cartoon. Even Henry's house looks completely different.
- Very ugly, poor quality CGI that looks unbelievable for a movie released in cinemas in 2011 in 3D. The biggest, most laughable offender is the scene where Henry turns into a T-Rex. Even Sharknado had better CGI than this.
- In fact, this certain scene was shown in one of the trailers, and the design is quite different, the CGI (while still terrible) is miles better than the final product. Why this particular change was made still remains a mystery.
- Very weak, generic and predictable plot which just involves Henry trying to save his school from a greedy bad guy, failing the first time, and managing to succeed the second time.
- While Prissy Polly (Vomiting Vera's Mum) appears in this movie, Pimply Paul (Vomiting Vera's dad) is somewhat absent in this movie without any reason given.
- The jokes are either rubbish or heavily reliant on disgusting gross out humor. For example, Vera vomits on a sandwich, and Henry’s dad eats it.
- Incredibly lousy acting (apart from Theo Stevenson), especially considering those involved.
- A very awkward scene where Peter floats in the air after hearing that Miss Lovely might be getting a job at his new school.
- Lazy and anti-climatic ending, which involves Henry saving his school just by literally spelling "homework" correctly on a TV show called 2 Cool 4 School. In fact, the final scene of the film is literally just a dance party ending.
- Certain characters are introduced right out of nowhere, most of them not even having any plot relevance, the biggest offender being Vicious Vicky.
- The villain isn't even very threatening, as he mostly just brags about his evil plan while getting a duo of corrupt school inspectors to try and frame Henry.
- The choice of making the movie live-action despite the original series being animated can make the movie very awkward to watch.
- While we're on the subject, there's no reason for the movie being live-action. The film is shot and edited the way an animated film would be.
- Decent soundtrack. Some of the songs are pretty catchy such as "Gonna Be A Rockstar".
- While he doesn't look 100% like the main character's book/cartoon counterpart, Theo Stevenson isn't that bad as Henry.
- It's actually pretty faithful to the source material, containing references to both the books and show, such as the theme song from the cartoon being used in one scene.
- Henry doesn't lose at the end.
- A few of the scenes have actually been adapted in the cartoon itself, mainly in the Season 4 episode "Horrid Henry's Movie Moments", which doesn't make the movie fully pointless.
Horrid Henry: The Movie received generally negative reviews by critics for its script, quality and humour. It was even criticized by fans of the TV Series as well.
In a January 2020 interview with Novel Entertainment after the success of Horrid Henry: The film's airing on Nicktoons, executive producer Lucinda Whiteley said she was "absolutely (working on a sequel)! And not just one but two sequels, as the story of how Henry ends up saving the world needs more than just 90 minutes!".