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Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs & A Baby (Jim Henson/Weinstein DVD/Computer Animation)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Feature: C-



Long after the loss of Jim Henson, his company marches on, but despite his heirs in creative control of some sort, the company and name is losing some of its luster.  With The Weinstein Company, they are attempting a series of fairy tale send-ups called Unstable Fables, but it feels more like a very poor imitation of Fractured Fairy Tales and 3 Pigs & A Baby is a lame result.


Besides coming across as Shrek-lite, even the third film in that franchise made a bunch of money and we will see more often lame imitators of a franchise that is stretching to the breaking point.  Brad Garrett, Jon Cryer, Steve Zahn and Jesse McCartney are the semi-knowns supplying the voices, but it comes across like a bad telefilm that can do bad CG and even worse jokes.  Skip it!


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 x 1 image is soft, has color limits and the animation does not look that good, especially now when some of the best CG work to date is on Blu-ray.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is weak in soundfield, not well-recorded and dialogue can be weak.  Extras include featurettes on doing the voices, Animation Education and (cringe!) Re-Imagining A Classic.  Remember, when you hear the term reimagines (with or without the hyphen) you are in deep trouble.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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