Those who read my postings over the years know that I not only discuss the best in animation, but occasionally highlight some of the worst. Case in point: Car’s Life 3: The Royal Heist.
Move over Planes! The biggest Cars-inspired rip off of the year is here (exclusively on DVD April 23rd) . I somehow missed the earlier entries in the Car’s Life series. These films are produced by NY-based Spark-Plug Entertainment and producer Michael Schelp. According to Wikipedia, Schelp’s previous films are:
- Bug Bites: An Ant’s Life (1998) (piggy-back on A Bug’s Life)
- A Car’s Life: Sparky’s Big Adventure (2006) (piggy-back on Cars)
- Spider’s Web: A Pig’s Tale (2006) (writer/director) (piggy-back on Charlotte’s Web)
- Plan Bee (2007) (writer/director/producer) (piggy-back on Bee Movie)
- Piper Penguin and his Fantastic Flying Machines (2008) (piggy-back on Surf’s Up and Happy Feet)
- Car’s Life 2 (2010) (piggy-back on Cars 2)
- Frankie Stein (2012) (piggy-back on Frankenweenie)
I know these are aimed at kids – and are priced to sell in those $5. bins at the local drug store… but clearly these are poor. Corrine Orr (the original voice of Trixie on Speed Racer) stars as the voice of Sparky in these… well, I guess you have to make a living. In case these promotional stills don’t turn you off – check the preview clip and package art (below):
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