Norm of the North

As a result of climate change, a greedy land developer plans to establish a condominium complex in the icy north. As tourism grows, Norm, our polar bear hero, discovers that not only can he understand Humanese, he can also speak it. His wise old grandfather has gone missing and someone needs to investigate, so he heads south. He brings along three friends (who happen to be lemmings), to the Big Apple where he soon becomes a mascot for that same corporation (he can dance Gangnam Style the Arctic Shake...don't ask).

With a nondescript script written by Daniel and Steven Altiere ("Scooby-Doo!") assisted by Malcolm T. Goldman in his first time out, director Trevor Wall ("Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch") has fashioned a silly 86-minute animated adventure for the kiddies.

I'll list the characters and in brackets the name brand Hollywood actor who provides the voice:
  • Norm (Rob Schneider) has come to question the motives of his new employer because he knows what boatloads of tourists and condo buyers will do to his land.
  • Socrates (Bill Nighy) is an older, wiser seagull. He understands Norm's mission and offers council, sometimes wise, sometimes not so wise. BTW, when Nighy says the word "protect" you hear all five consonants.
  • Tamecia (Loretta Devine) has far too little screen time. This Oprah-style talk-show hostess isn't given enough to do.
  • Vera (Heather Graham) works for Mr. Greene. In fact, this overworked assistant conducts auditions for a new spokesbear to represent Mr. Greene's corporation.
  • Mr. Greene (Ken Jeong) is the epitome of greed. He is grasping, rude and selfish.
I feel this one is fairly harmless, but lame; it tries to teach children about saving the Arctic but the children in the audience didn't seem very enthused as they exited the theater. It is rated PG, so the audience can expect a couple of poop jokes, a fart joke or two, some NYC traffic mishaps and a bit of lemming activity. Sorta like Whack-a-Mole. ...sigh...
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