Re-Animated is a 2006 live-action/animated television film that aired on Cartoon Network.
The film eventually spawned a television series in 2007 known as Out of Jimmy's Head.
After getting hit by a train, 12-year-old Jimmy Roberts receives a brain transplant. The brain, however, is from a cartoonist named Milt Appleday. As a result of the transplant, he can see and interact with Appleday's creations. Meanwhile, Appleday's son, Sonny, is trying to get the brain back from Jimmy, even if it means killing Jimmy in the process. Sonny intends to use the brain to bring his father's production company back to the top.
Why It Sucks
- Terrible acting from the actors playing the live-action characters, especially Jimmy, since he shows no emotion and stammers throughout the film.
- The premise (a kid getting hit by a train, having to get a brain transplant, and being able to see things others can't) sounds unfittingly dark for an otherwise lighthearted movie.
- Poor writing: Despite the fact Sonny attempted to kill Robin and Jimmy. Robin, Jimmy and Yancy (who overheard Sonny announcing the plan) make no attempt to report Sonny's actions to the police. It is shown later that Sonny is still living with the Roberts, even though he should be convicted for attempted murder, especially with blatant evidence of wrong-doing. This includes getting him committed to a mental institution for his insanity.
- Certain background objects in some scenes feel out of place. For example, there is a live llama in the classroom scene, a domestic duck in the GollyWorld tour guide scene, a white-and-yellow snake in one of the stairwell scenes, and an iguana in the theater scene. While all of these animals are pets owned by the same one-note character, this fact is so poorly established that it could cause viewers to do a double-take before understanding this fact.
- Unfunny attempts at humor, such as Tux the Penguin making bad puns.
- Poor character development, especially with characters such as Sonny and Jimmy.
- Bland and poor character designs for the cartoon characters. Crocco, especially, looks like a rejected character from Disney's The Princess and the Frog.
- It pretty much started the trend of Cartoon Network having live-action content on their station in order to cash in on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, and (with the exception of Tower Prep and Unnatural History) none of them were good.
- The scene where Jimmy gets hit by the train is laughably bad. The train also wasn't even moving fast enough to send him flying such a long distance.
- Jimmy's "best friend", Craig, is a jerk for almost the whole film. He tells some kids at Gollyland that Jimmy can hold everything they have, though some of the things are HUGE and probably heavy, and Craig said that Jimmy ditched him, even though he had to be sent to the hospital! (To be fair, it was due to poor writing.)
- Golly Gopher in incredibly unlikable, he’s manipulative, egotistical, narcissistic jerk who has little to no empathy for others. He’s very unlikable that he’s become one of the most infamously despised Cartoon Network characters of all time.
- Boring scenes that will make the viewers uninterested during the film's running.
- During the hospital scene, we can see that several of the doctors and nurses show signs of malpractice. For example, they perform surgery while still wearing the cartoon character costumes (which may collect dust, bacteria, etc.), committing a health code violation.
- Poor editing, such as having scenes that go on for too long.
- Bad dialogue.
- The climax is very easily resolved using a deus ex machina from Yancy.
- False advertising: The DVD release has promising audio and subtitle tracks in English, Spanish and French. In reality, the release only has English audio, with subtitles in all three languages.
- It may uncommonly be considered a ripoff of a 1968 Sweden film titled Out of an Old Man's Head.
- The animation on the cartoon characters is decent, considering the fact that they’re animated by Renegade Animation, who did other projects such as their knock-off films; Tappy Toes, Chop Kick Panda, and Puss n’ Boots, and Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi.
- The voice acting is okay.
- Dolly Gopher is the only likable (or most tolerable) animated character out of the bunch.
- The idea (while silly) of a person who can see cartoon characters was interesting.
- Yancy is a funny character, despite her rushed origin.
- Tom Kenny's cameo is pretty funny.
- The opening theme song is pretty catchy.
- It’s the first and last live-action Cartoon Network movie to date.