Vídeo Brinquedo

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Vídeo Brinquedo
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O rei dos mockbusters animados (The king of animated mockbusters)
Formerly: VBF Produções (1986-1989)
Spot Films (1989-2007)
Type: Mockbusters
Founded: 1986
Defunct: 2012
Founder: Fernando Francielli
Ale McHaddo
Headquarters: São Paulo, Brazil
Key people: Maurício Milani
Michele Gabriel
Parent: Rexmore Widea
Notable works: The Little Cars in the Great Race
Ratatoing
The Little Panda Fighter
What's Up: Balloon to the Rescue!
Website: http://www.videobrinquedo.com.br/


Vídeo Brinquedo (known as Toy Video or Toyland Video in Portuguese) was a Brazilian animation studio located in São Paulo that produced low-budget and direct-to-video animated films widely viewed as mockbusters of comparable films from Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, DreamWorks Animation, 20th Century Fox, Blue Sky Studios, Hasbro Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, and Lucasfilms. Effectively, alongside Dingo Pictures, it is the animation counterpart of The Asylum. The company was founded in 1986 to distribute children's animation with the intention of distribution in its home market of Brazil, as well as to other global markets. In 2012, the company thankfully stopped producing animated movies and closed its doors. Don’t add 1994. And don’t add 2006.

Filmography

Por Que Seus Filmes São Ruins (Why Their Films Are Bad Rip-Offs)

  1. First and foremost, all of their films (except for Brazilian Football Passion) are obvious mockbusters/rip-offs of other well-known animated movies and even some live-action movies such as Transformers and Star Wars.
  2. The films have atrocious CGI animation even for mid-to-late 2000s standards. Most of the animation can be compared to CGI from the late 1980s and the early 2000s.
    • Also, their 2D animated films such as Alice in Wonderland (2011), The Frog Prince and Little Princess School aren't any better as they all have horrible and choppy Flash animation.
  3. Pretty much, their films have really poor Portuguese voice acting (and in some cases such as Ratatoing and The Little Cars in the Great Race (first film), poorly done English dub voice acting).
  4. Their films have terrible plots and storytelling which rip off numerous better films.
  5. There is some unfunny humor within their films, like the one part in The Little Panda Fighter where the main character farts on mice, and to most people it’s rather considered disgusting.
  6. In most films, the title cards can be pretty bland and generic.
  7. Even with the terrible plots, the writing is also terrible. The writing just doesn't capture the charm of ripped-off movies.
  8. There are lots of unlikable characters in the films that have either lost all of their brain cells or are stereotypically mean-spirited.
  9. There is way too much padding in their films.
  10. The soundtracks can be pretty poor, like one of the tracks in “The Little Panda Fighter” that’s described to be “a piano being smashed with a sledgehammer”.
  11. The dialogue can be pretty stupid most of the time.
  12. There is heaps of animation errors within the CGI; for example, in Little Princess School, Cindy, Bianca, Hime, Iria and Zade (the main characters) are always shown to be smiling regardless of whatever emotion they're facing such as fear.
  13. There’s some pretty discriminatory racial stereotyping such as the use of racist jokes towards the French and Chinese in What's Up: Balloon to the Rescue and how Hime (the Chinese Japanese princess who is meant to be a rip-off of Fa Mulan from Mulan) has her eyes always slanted. This conveys the racial stereotype mentioning that Asians are blind in Little Princess School.
    • The films also contain some offensive sexist stereotypes as well such as how both Ratatoing, Little & Big Monsters, What's Up: Balloon to the Rescue and Little Princess School often depict their female protagonists as incredibly dumb and airheaded.
  14. As mentioned before, there is usually a lot of filler in their movies, and it is usually painful to get through. For example, in Ratatoing, the first 10 minutes or so is just repetitive comments and feedback on the food at the restaurant.
  15. Despite their mockbuster films being aimed at children, some of their films such as Ratatoing and Little Princess School contain scenes that are rather inappropriate for their target audience. An example would be in Ratatoing, where Carol often walks in a rather sexually provocative manner. This is made worse by the fact that all the female rats in the film have visible breasts and none of them wear clothes, which makes way for very uncomfortable scenes when Carol turns to the camera and winks.
  16. The company logo looks extremely dull and effortless since it's just the studio's name with the letters in multiple colors.
  17. Its films are the main reason why the Brazilian animation industry has such a negative reputation. However, there is one good animated film who wasn't made by Brinquedo itself, giving a redemption to Brazil. Don’t add 1990s.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The voice acting in their English dubs are actually pretty good (except for Ratatoing and The Little Cars in the Great Race until this film's sequels), using many of the same voice actors from 4Kids Entertainment.
  2. Some of their later films (while bad) were somewhat better than their older films.

Reception

All of Vídeo Brinquedo's films received extremely negative reviews from both critics and audiences alike, with criticisms being targeted at their utterly shameless plagiarisms of popular animated films from major Hollywood studios such as Pixar, their overall extremely piss-poor production values with zero quality control whatsoever such as their atrocious quality CGI animation, and their films containing needless amounts of filler scenes which merely exist just to pad them out to "feature-length".

Erik Henriksen, a reporter from The Portland Mercury, criticized Vídeo Brinquedo as being "the laziest/cheapest movie studio of all time".

Trivia

  • They used to distribute DVDs for TV shows like Sonic X, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Kirby: Right Back at Ya! and The Little Lulu Show in Brazil.
  • After the studio stopped selling movies, they moved to YouTube around 2012 where they posted not only the movies and episodes they made in the past few years, but also new content made in flash animation including a failed Peppa Pig rip-off titled Chapeuzinho Vermelho e sua Turma. Recently, the channel name was changed to Crianças Inteligentes (lit. "Clever Kids").
  • The negative reception of Vídeo Brinquedo's films are later satirized and mocked in The Amazing World of Gumball episode The Treasure from series two in 2012 via the mockbuster film How to Ratatwang Your Panda (which is a parody of the Vídeo Brinquedo mockbuster films Ratatoing and The Little Panda Fighter) produced by Mic Graves Films and the negative audience reactions towards it.

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