I admit it, I wanted to like Delgo. Itâ€™s an indie animated film that tries for an intelligent, complex storyâ€”something that can challenge kids and entertain them with other worlds and weird creatures at the same time.
But this story of political intrigue in the land of Jhamora is like the Syriana of animated films. Thereâ€™s way too much plot, with the flying race of Nohrin waging war on reptilian Locknis. Thereâ€™s a king, a princess and the evil Sedessa complicating things as various alliances and double-crosses unfold. Itâ€™s hard to follow whatâ€™s going on even as an adult. The 3-D animation is carefully designed, but comes off as bland. Animated films today have to have a defining style, this looks like generic fantasy art. And the voice work, despite impressively big names like Val Kilmer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Burt Reynolds, doesnâ€™t do much to make the characters come alive. However, Delgo does feature the final performance of the late Anne Bancroft, and she steals the movie as Sedessa.
Wish this could have been better. Kids who are into Dungeons & Dragons-type fantasy adventure are probably the best audience.