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Movie Review: Delgo

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Sorcery meets magic meets fantasy, tossed together with an alien topping in this animated feature. Delgo may have the typical good vs. evil premise; however, it's unique enough to hold the viewer's attention. The look of the characters is quite different as well, a combination of aliens and fairies. I do have to say that I found the animation and graphics to be quite beautiful in places and very stunningly done.

With a PG rating, there are numerous scenes of violence that may be disconcerting to younger children; however my 7-year-old had no problem with it. As the closing credits scrolled by, she gave a very enthusiastic "I loved it!" while my thoughts ran along the lines of "It was pretty good." This being said, Delgo makes a wonderful family film with its mixture of humor, non-stop action, and adventure. This is a movie that will appeal to a wide range of viewers — male or female, adult and child. There are bits of humor that will stand out more to the adult viewers, while the silliness of some scenes and antics will leave children giggling.

The plot of Delgo flows smoothly and the scenes are very well done. Throughout the movie, a few scenes will stand out more than others. One such scene occurs near the beginning when Delgo is remembering playing hide and seek with his father, before the enemy charges in and kills both his mother and father. This is a very poignant scene and does an excellent job of allowing the viewer to see into Delgo's pain and sets the tone for his need for revenge.

Along with the theme of good vs. evil, there is also a romance, with Delgo charging in and saving the beloved Princess Kyla. This is a princess who has plenty of spunk and courage and does an excellent job of giving Delgo a run for his money. Between Kyla and Elder Marley, who gives such delightful advice as "There is honor in what you believe, if what you believe is honorable," Delgo is kept on his toes even before the princess is kidnapped and the war between his people, the terrestrial Lokni and the princess's people, the winged Nohrin occupiers, gets underway. This is where the questions of "Can love conquer all?" and "Will good overcome evil?" come into play.

With the voice talents of Freddie Prinze Jr. (Delgo), Jennifer Love Hewitt (Princess Kyla), Chris Kattan (the slapstick sidekick, Filo), Michael Clarke Duncan (Elder Marley, the wise one), Kelly Ripa (Kurrin), Anne Bancroft (Sadessa, the evil exiled sister wanting revenge on her brother, King Zahn), and Louis Gosset Jr. (King Zahn), Delgo sports an all-star cast of well known actors.

All in all, Delgo is an enjoyable animated film for the entire family. It is a great movie for the entire family to settle down on the couch with a big bowl of buttered popcorn.

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