What's Up: Balloon to the Rescue
What's Up: Balloon to the Rescue! is a 2009 Brazilian mockbuster of Pixar's Up made by Video Brinquedo. The movie also serves as a sequel to another Video Brinquedo film, Little & Big Monsters, which was itself a rip-off of DreamWorks' GMW.
Two scientists, a boy and his older sister, along with her boyfriend, go out in an experimental house held by a massive balloon, so they can go somewhere to find a portal with monsters in it. They soon wreak havoc on the cities, and it's up to the siblings and the scientists to stop these monsters from doing so.
Why It Sucks
- Awful and lazy CGI animation with stiff movements.
- Poor background designs, most looking almost empty.
- This movie can't decide on who to make the main protagonist.
- The plot makes no sense whatsoever, even with the monsters.
- It is infamously loaded with racist and/or stereotypical jokes. Notable examples includes the very excruciating French accent from the main antagonist (the sister's boyfriend), as well as a dreadful stereotype of a Chinese guy holding a camera and wearing a noodle t-shirt, who is embarrassingly named Ching Ling.
- The science lab is quoted as a gossip show when it is actually real.
- The ending is so mean spirited.
- The lip syncing is way off.
- There's an awkward scene where the little boy tries to resist the villain's mind control, but he sounds like he's is trying to poop or pee.
- A recording error (hopefully) in which you can hear someone say the n-word.
- All the protagonists are detestable. The two scientists come across as bumbling old men, the teenage girl is a ditzy airhead, and the little boy is an obnoxious brat who hates Chinese people. He also never calls Ching Ling by his real name. He always refers to him as "that Chinese guy" "Beijing", and "China".
- This film and Up have little connection with each other, albeit using the films name to steal viewership.
- This was (thankfully) one of the last movies to be released by Video Brinquedo before the company ceased operations one year later in 2010.