Leo the Lion
Leo the Lion is a 2004 Italian/American computer-animated movie. The film follows Leo, a vegetarian lion, on his quest to find himself. It was actually picked up by Netflix around 2013, with the movie's year on said site.
Leo, who is a vegetarian, struggles to fit in his pride. While hunting for zebra's with the other lions, Leo's mother dies by falling over a waterfall on the day he goes for his first hunt. After that traumatic experience, he develops a fear of water. Being bullied by the other lions, he leaves them and starts living in a tree. One day he meets a female elephant, Savannah and helps her deliver her twin baby elephants. It is later mentioned that her husband, Eli Phant, was killed by humans. However, it is revealed that he was actually knocked out by Maximus Elefante and is taken to a zoo. After the delivery, the little calves consider him to be their father and follow him constantly. When Leo decides to find the "Heart of the Jungle", a place Leo's mother once told him about before she died, he is accompanied by the elephants and Uncle Lope, a gazelle. They meet many other young animals on their quest, such as a young zebra. After having lots of adventures, they eventually find the Heart of the Jungle, which is also the home of a female chameleon. The latter allows to two orphans, a leopard, and a monkey, to stay in her place. On the way back, Maximus, who was following the company, finds the two baby elephants, kidnaps them and later claims he saved them from Leo, the "evil" lion. Maximus then tries to marry Savannah, but Leo turns up at the last moment and stops the wedding. Suddenly, a helicopter appears, shoots Maximus and is defeated. The movie finishes by showing Leo talking to his children, two elephant/lion hybrids.
Why It Sucks
- Terrible CGI animation, even for early 2000s standards.
- Creepy-looking character designs like the elephant/lion hybrid cubs seen at the end of the movie. The designs of the backgrounds are also very dull.
- Maximus Elefante kills Eli Phant for no apparent reason besides marrying his wife, which is flat-out evil and very disturbing.
- The movie tries to add in some slow-motion, but it makes it look like each scene is being stretched out for no apparent reason.
- Plot holes scattered everywhere.
- There are two monkeys who make an introduction to Leo and then appear briefly in random scenes, serving a filler role.
- The chameleon in the "Heart of the Jungle" changes heads while singing, which is just scary.
- Rancid morals: The movie tries to tell people that vegetarians are normal while Leo is unhealthily skinny and looks severely underfed. His mane also looks like as if he were anemic.
- The movie looks like a blatant rip-off of The Lion King.
- The English dub wastes the talent of Matthew Mercer (the voice of McCree from Overwatch), Debi Derryberry (the voice of the title character from Jimmy Neutron) and Cristina Pucelli (later the voice of Luan Loud from The Loud House), respectively.
- Bad lip-syncing.
- The elephant/lion hybrids at the end of the film is nightmare fuel.
- The Heart of the Jungle isn't even in the Jungle, which doesn't make a lot of sense.
- Awful and annoying musical numbers.
- Maximus is a very weak and bland villain.
- None of the jokes are funny.
- Leo's voice actor really puts emotion into this movie.
- Leo shows that you should never judge a book by its cover (or a Lion by its teeth).
- While the voice acting may be a bit bland, it is at least acceptable.
- Leo the Lion has the same name as the MGM lion, which is also named Leo the Lion.