The plot was overwhelmingly predictable-almost Avatar (blue people) predicable level- but from my knowledge, the film was based off the comic so I can excuse the plot and twists.
I really enjoyed the coloring, the little quirks in the animation were interesting to note. The little expressions of people in the background, the stumbling of a flailing chaser, the little step back of a startled intruder, a piece of hair pushed back.. such things.
However, there were several elements that caused the film to be a little bit lackluster.. I found the perspective to always be at this boring level image. Ah, perspective might be the wrong phrase or wording for the term I'm trying to grasp for.. but the position of the image the audience views.
In the beginning, we get a taste of diversity in perspective (used in the correct term) as the audience sees from Duncan's point-of-view, kicking a can, running on the sidewalk, etc. However, this diversity isn't really spread throughout the film.. and the integration of the first switch of third person to first person view was very awkward. It was excusable since it was in the beginning.. but also unexcusable because it was in the beginning and not anywhere else in the film.
The animation was, as stated before, well done as it integrated key motions that imitated real gestures and such.. however, some of the timing of actions were a bit too slow. I believe it was because time constraints or whatnot, but there was this awkward slow movement when it is usually seen at a faster pace. It was distracting at times, but for a 12-15 year old, it would have been easily overlooked.
The graphics had a nice flow of gradients. Ah, the color range were utilized to the fullest extent as each character had his own specific color scheme that matched his characteristics. However, the images of the figures were too blatantly obvious. By that, I mean that the objects would be out of place with the background.
Take for example, the father-dragon's intrusion at the party. (I'm terribly sorry. I saw it on the premiere once and I don't remember the names.) The chase after Duncan was very slow paced, with the claws slowly descending upon the streets. It appeared to the audience that the protagonist was having a very difficult time defeating the opponent that had such painfully slow attacks. The lip movements at this battle was also off by a bit.. Not all that noticeable, but still peeve-able. The figures of the dragon, Duncan, and the captive girl under the tail were not blended in well.. or somehow integrated into the scene. It was as if I was watching a raw scene from a programming computer.. I am not sure exactly how to explain it.. but the scene itself was very painful to watch.
Another scene was the part when Duncan was released into the lava. The graphics were extremely well done in shading, considering the lighting, and constructing the movements.. However, the direct filming of the scene was sporatically done. The pacing was off and watchers are awkwardly watching this scene to just get to the next part of the movie, when in fact this is actually a key event in the movie.
Ah, one thing I will not forget will be the ending. The ending was, indeed, well done.. but the audience is left wondering what happened to Duncan's two dear friends, last seen escaping the kai-ju's attack at prom? One of the friends is hurt badly, the other running around frantically. What happened to those two people that were introduced early in the story? Did the boy end up hurt badly? Did the friends become more than friends? Did they not? Etc. This was a lacking element in the conclusion that deeply irritated me.
Overall, the film was explicitly amateur-ish.. compared to the likes of other professional movies I have seen (that of which I cannot name at the moment because of a lack of sleep(SATs)).. but for CartoonNetwork.. Well done, well done. Animations were lovely, pacing was alright, and the colors were nicely used..
Oh, the little segue before the breaks of an image of a character or such were awkward. Just a bit. The picture of a person just staring at you.. Without blinking or breathing... as the background continued on.. was... annoying. The image itself was "Ooh!"-worthy.. but looking at the image for nearly 10 seconds before the commercial break was rather awkward. It was a nice idea-different from other CN movies.. but very awkward to endure.
i enjoyed it i kinda wanted to find out how duncan was made i actually wish it was longer and the ending seemed rushed also i wish there was a little more fighting but the concept is intriguing and the animation was perfect
I have to be honest with you. I did not like it I gave it a shot. I saw it twice when it aired. And it wasn't all that good. It had some good parts to it. I like that Dante Basco was in it. But, i will not be seeing it again. The one thing that really bother me in the movie. How did Duncan's mom have sex with a dragon!?
The movie was pretty awesome, but like what the guy above me said, some things were rushed. I also thought the ending was a bit lack luster and it would've been nice to see what had happened to Duncan's 'girlfriend'/crush.
I enjoyed it as well and loved the action sequences. I hope it appears on tv again because I was embroiled in a research paper and wasn't paying full attention to it, so I was a little perplexed by some parts (the 'gym teacher's' erratic behavior-from caring overseer to kidnapping in order to find the Kaiju's lair--and I think I missed how Duncan became friends with the other two in the beginning).
I agree wholeheartedly with moonwildflower, the first pursuit scene was my favorite as well. I couldn't help but think "damn, that is one spacious high school".
I enjoyed it very much. The scene where Duncan is running from the football player was my favorite. It flowed really well and the animation was smooth. Excellent introduction to the character's abilities.