Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom
Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom (otherwise known as Norm of the North 2: Keys to the Kingdom, or just Norm of the North 2) is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure direct-to-video movie produced by Splash Entertainment and distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment as a sequel to the critically-panned Norm of the North. It consists of two 45 minute segments, both of which were originally going to be released direct-to-video. They were titled Back to the City and The Arctic All-Stars.
Norm, the polar bear, runs into trouble when he travels to New York to accept the keys to the city. When he returns home, he must unite with his animal friends to save the Arctic from a devious company that plans to steal the ice.
Why It Sucks
- This movie was meant to be two separate 45-minute sequels released independently, but for some reason, the sequels were edited together and published as one big movie.
- The CGI is worse than the original film.
- Many assets are lazily recycled. For example, there are only three types of car models in the entire movie (a van, a taxi, and a red car), and none have different textures. Norm's son also uses young Norm's model from the first movie, and Norm's other children use the same model, but with different eye colors.
- Newly created assets often do not match the former assets art style. A big offender is the Mayor, whose more realistic style clashes with the somewhat cartoony look of the person next to him in one scene.
- Retains the same immature humor as the original, like twerking and toilet humor.
- False advertising: One poster shows Norm wearing a V-neck sweater, but in the actual movie, he doesn’t wear it because he stays naked like all polar bears do in real life.
- Almost none of the voice actors from the original reprise their roles in this sequel and only has voice actors from Canada, the only exception being Maya Kay, who reprises her role as Olympia. It's either because many of the voice actors from the first film (except for Maya Kay) didn't want to return for the sequel after how the first film turned out or they were too expensive to bring back.
- There is absolutely nothing that connects the two plots, making it more evident that the film is two 45 minute segments slapped together at the last second.
- The writing is just as bad, if not worse than the original.
- It has almost no connection to the original movie, making it feel like more of a stand-alone sequel.
- Fong the rabbit makes a very pointless comic relief.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- While the movie still has some twerking, there's a lot less of it compared to the original.
- In a somewhat distasteful comment, Luigitehplumber (an Admin for this Wiki) wrote on a SuperTed Facebook page where he criticized the movie and compared it to SuperTed. Mike Young, the founder of Splash Entertainment, said that the movies were "made for kids" and not towards "40-year-olds who live in their mothers basement." It's unknown who's to blame for Mike to say that, but both comments are quite bad in their way.