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The Trouble With Terkel (R)

Animation 80 min. February 3, 2017
By Sherilyn Connelly
What hath the financial success of Sausage Party wrought? It hath wrought Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen, Randolph Kret and Thorbjørn Christoffersen’s 2004 animated film Terkel in Trouble -- which already received limited domestic distribution in 2007 and 2010 — being dusted off, given a sloppy dubbing job and re-released as The Trouble with Terkel.

Terkel (Mike Olsen, sounding like he's doing his best Morty Smith impression) is a sixth-grader who tries to make good with bullies Nigel (Stephen Ji) and Saki (Jake Goldman) by being mean to "Fat" Doris (Vanessa Gomez), who responds by killing herself — a harassed girl committing suicide, that's so edgy! But Terkel didn’t know she was the sister of his best friend Jason (Eve Mauro), there’s a killer on the loose and, whatever, none of the story matters. The directors have called their film's humor shocking (ugh) and politically incorrect (double ugh), which translates into wall-to-wall swearing and sex jokes and a lot of stuff that may well have been funny in subtitled Danish, particularly for those familiar with the native culture.

With this dub job, it just comes across as desperate and unpleasant -- and what was probably state-of-the-art CGI animation in Denmark 13 years ago is an eyesore now. You needn’t trouble yourself with Terkel.
Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen, Thorbjørn Christoffersen Craig Ferguson, Eve Mauro, Mike Olsen, Shark Firestone, Marlise Garba-Wright Mette Heeno, Randolph Kret Indican Pictures

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