Playmobil: The Movie

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Playmobil: The Movie
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No, GENERIC adventure is shown here MUCH larger than actual size. So go home and watch The Lego Movie.
Genre: Musical
Comedy
Directed By: Lino DiSalvo
Produced By: Aton Soumache
Dimitri Rassam
Moritz Borman
Alexis Vonarb
Written By: Blaise Hemingway
Greg Erb
Jason Oremland
Based On: Playmobil
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy
Jim Gaffigan
Gabriel Bateman
Adam Lambert
Meghan Trainor
Daniel Radcliffe
Distributed By: Pathé Distribution
Release Date: June 10, 2019 (Annecy)
August 7, 2019 (France)
December 6, 2019 (United States)
Runtime: 99 minutes
Country: France
United States
Language: English
Budget: $72 million
Box Office: $16.3 million

"Being a generic and forgettable animated kids' flick is one thing, but when your only identity is to desperately be just like another successful animated film, that's when you've rendered yourself worthless."

ElectricDragon505 (AniMat)

Playmobil: The Movie is a 2019 English-language French computer-animated musical adventure comedy film based on the German building toy Playmobil. The film is directed by Disney veteran Lino DiSalvo, in his directorial debut, written by Blaise Hemingway, Greg Erb and Jason Oremland, and produced by On Animation Studios. Premiering as the opener of the June 2019 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Playmobil: The Movie began theatrical runs in France on 7 August 2019 by Pathé.

Plot

When her younger brother Charlie unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of Playmobil, unprepared Marla must go on a quest of a lifetime to bring him home. As she sets off on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds, Marla teams up with some unlikely and heroic new friends - the smooth-talking food truck driver Del, the dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher, a wholehearted misfit robot, an extravagant fairy-godmother and many more. Through their vibrant adventure, Marla and Charlie realize that no matter how life plays out, you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself.

Why It Sucks

  1. The entire film is nothing but a blatant rip-off of The Lego Movie, and its sequel shamelessly copying not just the concepts, but even story elements, tones, certain characteristics of the protagonists, and set locations. And unlike The Lego Movie, which managed to tell an excellent story and message, Playmobil: The Movie itself is purely an advertisement for Playmobil products.
    • Except, it doesn't really advertise very well either. The Lego Movie showcased the rebuildable, interchangeable, and customizable nature of Lego bricks, but Playmobil has no such qualities, and the film doesn't really get into what makes Playmobil figures and sets unique from other toy lines, either.
  2. False advertising: In the American release, the poster shows Rex Dasher in the front which makes it look like that he was going to be the main protagonist of the film, but he does not appear until later in the film, with Marla as the actual protagonist.
  3. The combination of animation and live-action is rather pointless, considering that we never get to see anything shot in live-action after the first ten minutes until the very end.
  4. Marla is unlikable as a protagonist.
  5. The songs, aside from Run Like The River, are generic and suffer from formulaic lessons and meanings; they are also shoved in at the last second; this is most apparent with songs like "Brothers In Arms", all of which do nothing but describe what is currently happening on-screen.
  6. Charlie, Marla's brother, is a Viking in the Playmobil world, which is ridiculous because in real life, he is just a child, and even sounds like one; one could argue that it is because he grabbed the Viking figurine before entering the world, but even that doesn't make much sense since Marla still looks the same as she did in the real world.
  7. The Fairy Godmother character only exists to... sing a musical number that doesn't even match the scene and only serves as soundtrack fodder.
  8. The movie begins with a massive tonal problem, as it goes immediately from Marla singing a cutesy little musical number to finding out her parents died, with no time to breathe.
  9. On the topic of the Playmobil world, there is nothing in that world that feels anything like a Playmobil product; everything seems like reality, and even the Playmobil figures feel more like human beings than actual figures.
    • The exhibit in a toy museum, in which the world is set, is never specifically said to be one based on Playmobil, it just mostly has Playmobil sets.
    • The way Marla and Charlie enter the Playmobil world is dumb, and it is never even explained how or why the lighthouse in the toy convention is magical and only transports them.
    • The figures are supposed to be plastic, but animals such as horses have realistic fur.
    • Actual Playmobil figures do not have bendable arms or legs, and after Marla lands in the Playmobil world, she struggles with moving around for a while, but once she sees her brother, she suddenly starts moving like a normal person, with bending knees and elbows, as does every other character in the Playmobil world, and the real-life figures' articulation (or lack thereof) is never brought up again in the movie.
  10. Unnecessary pop-culture reference of Ghostbusters, with Ghostbusters Ecto-1 car.
  11. The deaths of Marla and Charlie's parents are never brought up again after a single moment.
  12. The different areas within the Playmobil world are all the different themes the company produced sets for, such as western, Viking, Medieval, etc., which are all very generic and uninspired, some are passed through without any comment on.
  13. As mentioned in #1, the fact that the movie is based on Playmobil is mostly treated as an afterthought since the animated world's treated mostly like any other animated world in contrast to The Lego Movie, which took full advantage of the limitless nature of the toys.
  14. It is filled to the brim with unfunny jokes that make absolutely no sense. At times, they'll make jokes even in the most unnecessary situations.
  15. Some plot elements are never explained, such as how Marla got the gold in the first place and the aforementioned lighthouse mystery.
  16. The plot is inconsistent. At first, it is about two people dealing with Playmobil, then Marla, the sister, has to rescue her brother. She meets up with some random guy who suddenly becomes one of the main characters, and from there, it continuously switches up genres, making it extremely confusing.
  17. Dated references, such as the floss dance.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Despite never being mentioned again, Marla and Charlie's parents' death is a powerful, albeit saddening way to open the film.
  2. The animation is pretty good. The characters' faces are cute, and the environments are colorful.
  3. Good voice acting, despite the slew of misused talent, and the cast, particularly Anya-Taylor Joy, have solid singing voices, which make the songs a little less weak.
  4. Run Like The River is a pretty decent song, despite how poorly-integrated into the movie it is.
  5. Adam Lambert does at least offer a fun performance.
  6. There is an awesome cameo of an electric vehicle called the Porsche Taycan.

Reception

Playmobil: The Movie received very overwhelmingly negative reviews by critics and audiences, for being a perceived feature-length advertisement; most criticism was of the cliché characters, writing, poor storytelling, generic songs, and worldbuilding problems, with several negative comparisons to The Lego Movie. The film has a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but for some reason, it got a 62% audience score on the same site, and according to the site's critical consensus reads: "Much like the toys it advertises, Playmobil: The Movie seems sadly destined to be regarded as a superficially similar yet less desirable alternative to the competition.". On Metacritic, it had a 25/100 "Generally unfavorable reviews" with a 2.2/10 user score rating on the same site, and a 4.6/10 on IMDb. Also, it proved to be a major box-office bomb, similar to another STX production, UglyDolls, in the United States, grossing only $13.5 million worldwide against a $40 million budget. Many factors caused this, such as the lack of marketing (a budget of $3 million was put into advertising) and Frozen 2 being a big hit, and the fact that it was released months earlier in other countries.

The movie had abysmal marketing on the United States, with only two trailers that were very vague about the actual plot of the film and a few posters that painted Rex Dasher as the protagonist.

It was reported that theaters sold tickets for only five dollars, meaning that they didn't have much faith in the movie doing well. It also has the fourth worst box-office opening of all time in over 2,000 theaters, and the worst opening in over 2,300 theaters ($660,000, averaging $280 per theater). For comparison, Arctic Dogs, which opened in over 2,800 theaters, grossed $2.9 million on its opening weekend, averaging $1,020 per theater.

On its third weekend, Playmobil was dropped by 95% of its theaters.

Trivia

  • Playmobil has the worst-ever opening in over 2,300 theaters.
  • For the North American release, the first hybrid movie overall to use the 2019 MPA logo.
  • The film was originally going to be distributed by Open Road in the USA, but when that studio went bankrupt, STX acquired the distribution rights.
  • The film was originally going to be produced by Sony Pictures Animation and directed by Bob Persichetti, who would later be the director of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

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Comments


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Arctic01

17 months ago
Score 8
Wasn't WageUglyDollandMarlaPlaymobil12 originally working on this?
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Clancy

17 months ago
Score 1
Yes, but then some idiot came and stole my page.
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Paprika

17 months ago
Score 4
Whoever stole this page, let me tell you something....You're a thief (putting it nicely).
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HellLord

11 months ago
Score 2
I have found who stole the page, it was KongoBongo25
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EijiZeBoi

17 months ago
Score 6
This is a great anime.
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Clancy

17 months ago
Score 2
It's nowhere near as good as UglyDolls.
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LA2002

16 months ago
Score 1
Nice satire, Eiji.
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EijiZeBoi

17 months ago
Score 2
Honestly, Run Like A River should've been a duet between Marla and the Fairy Godmother, with Marla singing the chorus and bridge and the Fairy Godmother singing the verses and pre-chorus.
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EnnardTrap1987

17 months ago
Score 2
Lol, forgot this film existed. I just wish it remained forgotten..
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Edunk5

17 months ago
Score 0
Wave Twisters did it better.
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EijiZeBoi

17 months ago
Score 2

:)

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ItMeansNothing

17 months ago
Score 1
Deadmobil: The Movie
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EijiZeBoi

17 months ago
Score 2

Hoo boy, it's already being pulled out of theaters, at least where I live.

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S012891

17 months ago
Score 1
It’s 2019 of The Emoji Movie but didn’t make it to it’s full budget.
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JDM4678

16 months ago
Score 3

We had a Lego movie and a Playmobil movie

Whats next?




I WISH FOR A MINECRAFT MOVIE TOO SEE STEVE AND CREEPERS EXPLODING AND RANDOM NONSENSE HAPPENING
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HellLord

11 months ago
Score 2
You have predicted the future, Minecraft the movie was announced by Mojang themselves in their rebrand video
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ItMeansNothing

16 months ago
Score 0
Y O U ' R E N O T Y O U
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ItMeansNothing

14 months ago
Score 1

It's now on DVD but not on Blu-Ray or 4K.

RIP
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Stephenfisher2001

14 months ago
Score 0
It's getting worse! :(
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Stephenfisher2001

14 months ago
Score 4

Playmobil The Movie and all of the characters who are Playmobils, should be snapped by:



















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AGENT SMITH!
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EijiZeBoi

13 months ago
Score 0

Fixing the text.
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EijiZeBoi

13 months ago
Score 0
I also need to fix this too.
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HellLord

11 months ago
Score 0
Oh no, RUUUUUUUUUUUUN!!!!!!!
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MrAnonymous

4 months ago
Score 0
OH FUCK D:
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Mr. Dready

13 months ago
Score 4
Me when i saw the trailer for this when i was about to watch Angry Birds Movie 2 on theater: Let me guess this is gonna rip-off the lego movie.
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Crying Lucario

13 months ago
Score 0
What’s next? Mega Blox the Movie? Kre-o the Movie? Lepin the Movie?
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Stomps

12 months ago
Score 2
Knex the movie
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HellLord

11 months ago
Score 1
Minecraft the movie is next, it was announced by mojang in their new logo video by saying "we're planning a feature film"
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Spidey McFly

12 months ago
Score -1
Even Astro Boi is better than this and that's saying a lot, 'cause that was a terrible film to begin with.
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GrilledCheese800

12 months ago
Score 0
Stupid how Meghan Trainor released a song literally 4 months before the movies release.
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Dragos133

11 months ago
Score 0
Now this is so bad. This is easily the worst movie of 2019,next to Cats. If you thought that Cats was bad,well take a look at this. Awful soundtrack,bad plot,annoying characters and it's a box office bomb. Thank goodness that it got pulled from theaters.
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HellLord

11 months ago
Score 0
What studio did this film kill?
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MariaJúlia1718

9 months ago
Score 0
Open Road, who was going originally distribute this film in United States
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HellLord

9 months ago
Score 0
Ok
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MariaJúlia1718

9 months ago
Score 0
That's bad this film not only was a big box office bomb in United States, but also before being released on theaters, the studio was going originally distribute this film, Open Road, went bankrupt and STX Entertainment instead distributed this film in US, coincidentally like I said about this film was a box office bomb and was distributed by STX Entertainment, an other film STX did distribute also in 2019 in the United States, UglyDolls, was also a box office bomb
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LancedSoul

10 months ago
Score 0
First The Lego Movie and then Playmobil: The Movie, Whats next? Funko POP movie? The Mega Blox Movie? The Kre-o Movie? The Lepin Movie? The Knex Movie?
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HellLord

10 months ago
Score 0
Minecraft The Movie
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PhantomVulture

9 months ago
Score 0
Actually, I've read somewhere that they are making a Funko POP! movie. So brace yourself for this one.
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Epic-Wrecker

9 months ago
Score 0
Anya Taylor-Joy was in this movie? How did she go from The Witch to this?
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Roblistic

9 months ago
Score 1
Fun Fact: This film was originally going to be produced by Sony Pictures Animation and be directed by Bob Persichetti, but he turned it down to direct Spider-Verse.
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Portrock1566

9 months ago
Score 0
How did I not hear of this???
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Roblistic

9 months ago
Score 0
Which, about it originally being from SPA, or the movie in general?
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ThereIsNoUsername

8 months ago
Score 1
I first saw a trailer of this and all I thought was "Did no one learn the lesson from The Emoji Movie or the Ugly Dolls movie?" What's next, The Meme Movie?
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HellLord

8 months ago
Score 0
Minecraft is next
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Roblistic

8 months ago
Score 1
If this can get it's own movie, than anything can get it's own movie. So what's next, The Slime Movie, The N64 Movie (Though I'd be down for that), or even The YouTube Movie?
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EricSonic

8 months ago
Score 0
I tried to watch this but it was too childish
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Spindash101

8 months ago
Score 0
If you know who Anya-Taylor Joy and Gabriel Bateman are. You probably already know that they star in a lot of horror movies.
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RaymesisEvil

8 months ago
Score 0
One question, does Playmobil still exist?
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MatthewThePrep

2 months ago
Score 0
I believe so.
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HellLord

8 months ago
Score 1

Wait, I have found that this film was originally going to be distributed by Sony

I N T E R E S T I N G
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ItMeansNothing

7 months ago
Score 0
C H A R L I E ! ?
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DJ2006

6 months ago
Score 0

Child: Mum, can we watch The Lego Movie?

Mum: We have The Lego Movie at home.

The Lego Movie at home:
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MrAnonymous

4 months ago
Score 0
Ce film est la merde!
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TouhouOtaku

4 months ago
Score 0
A rip-off of a rip-off.
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FreezingTNT

4 months ago
Score 0
Implying The LEGO Movie is a rip-off?
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No bias

4 months ago
Score 0
Imagine if lepin have a movie.
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JDM4678

3 months ago
Score 0
Alright, now that Mojang once confirmed a film, whats next? A Roblox movie? About a classic roblox noob on a probably not epic adventure to stop the bad moderators and make roblox great like it once was?
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USDM420X

one month ago
Score 0
Does this movie even had a Playmobil Movie ripoff version of Princess Unikitty, that was a much similarity towards Felicity from RBUK or Caticorn, a cereal brand?
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RockyBalboaFan

26 days ago
Score 0
If Rex Dasher was the protagonist than this movie would at least be ok. BUT NO IT HAD TO BE A BLAND PROTAGONIST NAMED MARIA WHICH MADE THIS FLOP!!!!

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