DVD Review: Delgo

If the characters of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Romeo and Juliet got in a three-car wreck, the resulting accident scene would look very much like the movie Delgo, which has recently been released on DVD. In this animated adventure, the Lockni and the Nohrin live in uneasy peace on their alien world. Or they do until the evil Sedessa schemes to start a war and assume control of both groups for herself. Our hero is Delgo, a teen from the Lockni tribe who is tasked with saving the world from Sedessa’s clutches—while also forced to deal with his crush on a Nohrin princess.

Despite the voices of a staggering number of B-list celebs (Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kelly Ripa … the list goes on), Delgo falls flat. It tries to hard to be both entertaining and deep, and as a result it is neither. Kids who might enjoy the loud action scenes and Delgo’s slapstick sidekick will be lost (and bored) during the Lockni rulers’ long debates on just war theory. With its alien setting and magic spells, Delgo is supposed to appeal to fantasy fans. But with its unfunny dialogue, unlovely animation, and unwieldy plot, it’s unlikely to appeal to anyone.

Meredith Simons

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