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Another cartoon with a cult following hits the full length DVD market.
The biggest problem most TV series have when putting out a full length movie is figuring out how to expand a 30 minute episode into something that’s an hour and a half or longer. There are a couple ways to try to accomplish this, like attempting to stretch 30 minutes into 90 which usually ends up in disaster. But this combines 4 episodes into one. Not in a typical one episode after another form, but by always advancing one storyline while working in 3 other episodes. It works very well.
The other fun part of the movie is trying to figure out all the other movie/TV Shows they are ripping off. I’m not to good with figuring out what other movies are there, but I’ve come up with Citizen Kane, The Terminator, Bride of Frankenstein, Alien vs. Predator, Desperate Housewives, and Indiana Jones. But that doesn’t take away from the movie. The movies are out in the open and it comes off the way Scary Movie is supposed to come off.
The vulgar, raunchy humor from the Tripping the Rift series carries over to the movie wonderfully. With plenty of sexual innuendo and enough childish jokes that have defined the show.
The movie isn’t all fun and games though. Because of the way the plot is laid out, there is more of a roller coaster ride with numerous build ups in excitement only to be slowed back down for the next story to take over leading to you just waiting for the movie to end by the time the 3rd storyline starts up. It’s not a long movie coming in at 75 minutes, but even that feels a little to long.
The storylines make no sense, and basically have no bearing on the other storylines in the movie, but it’s completely on purpose and makes the movie funnier.
The voice acting is good, but there are some area’s where the mouths on the characters don’t match the words the actors are saying even remotely.
1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Audio doesn’t quite match the video in places.
The DVD comes with two extras. The first is a trailer and the other is a short “Behind the scenes” featurette about the making of Tripping the Rift.
This is a college guy movie. If you like the show on Sci Fi, the movie won’t disappoint. If you’re a fan of the stupid cartoon’s (think Family Guy and Aqua Teen Hunger Force) this is another show and movie you can probably easily get into. It’s a good movie as long as you go into not expecting a masterpiece.
Anchor Bay presents Tripping the Rift The Movie. Directed by Bernie Denk. Starring Maurice LaMarche, Jenny McCarthy and Stephen Root. Written by Jon Minnis, Ken Goin, Mark Amato, Terry Sweeney and Lanier Laney. Running time: 60 minutes. Rated Not Rated. Released on DVD: March 25th, 2008. Available at Amazon.com.