Rock-A-Doodle (1991) - Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Hohum Score

89

Hohummer

In order to defeat the Grand Duke of Owls, a young boy transformed into a cat teams up with a group of barnyard animals to find a rooster who can raise the sun.

IMDB: 6
Director: Don Bluth
Stars: Glen Campbell, Christopher Plummer
Length: 77 Minutes
PG Rating: G
Reviews: 14 out of 48 found boring (29.16%)

One-line Reviews (36)

However, what really gets under my skin are the silly characters (talking animals as usual, one with a "cute", that is to say pointless, speech impediment), the dull, insipid plot, the heavy-handed narration, and so on.

It looks like a child's finished coloring book, with colors all over the place and dull mix of colors.

The animations are very nice, the Grand Duke sometimes looking like something out of an 80's Bluth film and the good guy songs are nice to listen to (Which is why it's a shame Phil Harris talks over most of them) but all in all, this is a movie that's enjoyable simply because of how bad it is.

Working against ROCK-A-DOODLE as a whole, however, is the haphazard and confusing execution.

In his previous films, the character designs were all very loose, and the animation was kind of dull.

The animation is dull and not very pleasing to look at.

In my opinion, "Rock-A-Doodle" is one unmemorable peace of animation, with a rather bland plot.

The other voice actors are abysmal and very dull.

This has to be one of the worst movies ever made.

When they get to the city it gets a little more confusing when all the inhabitants are animals.

This film also has a confusing and jumbled narrative with the film jumping from Edmond and his family to Chanticleer.

Watching this movie when I was around ten years old was somewhat enjoyable, and I might have enjoyed it more if I saw it back when it was first released in 1991, when I was around five.

When I watched this movie just last week to relive my childhood, I found out that I appreciated it even MORE and that it was much more enjoyable to watch than the Disney movies that were created around the same time!!

Well, I will admit, the story was weird and predictable and has a lot of flaws that went nowhere despite it being supposedly charming.

Unlike many other children's films which have plots that people of all ages could appreciate, this was contrived and full of holes that you could "drive a John Deere tractor through", as Chanticleer would say.

It's not really too amazing, and it's probably even cliché by the standards of any animation let alone Bluth's.

As is often the case, I find these animated features more fascinating when I see who provided the voices.

Tedious feature-length animated stinker about an Elvis Presley-styled rooster whose only purpose is to crow every morning to wake up the other animals on the farm.

It is a terrible mess of a film with poorly-written characters, a contrived plot and...

"Rock-A-Doodle" is probably one of the worst movies in general I've ever had the misfortune of seeing.

If you go into this movie knowing how poorly contrived it is, you will actually get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

Rock-a-doodle is one of the many poorly conceived animated films from ex-Disney animator Don Bluth, who was known through the 80s and 90s for making boring kiddie animated movies.

Don Bluth's films are SO different, SO sophisticated, SO unique, SO non-cliché, and above all, SO magical.

Maybe if Pinky had been the main villain and the animals were looking for Chanticleer for a, well, less selfish reason than saving their own hides, we could have still gotten a great entertaining movie with a much better message of acceptance.

All the kids I showed it to enjoyed it.

the songs by the way are HORRIBLE, there all dull, repetitive and just annoying.

The characters are kind of cute, and have odd chemistry together, but overall, this is a weird kiddie flick that adults will find very boring.

It's just mostly boring and uninteresting.

The film looks unfinished and rushed with poor mixing of live action and animation, dull animation and a confusing narrative.

The Duke's evil powers are confusing.

It's a thrilling story about love, passion, and the battle between good and evil before the parallel dimension apocalypse collapses on all known universes.

Besides that, it is sort of notable for Glen Campbell's role as Chanticleer/The King and for containing Phil Harris's last role, but anyone over the age of 8 will probably find it extremely tedious and annoying.

The major issue is the storytelling, quite confusing or incomplete.

Real yawner as the animation is nickel and dime and the other elements are nearly impossible to find.

Clearly this wasn't Don Bluth's finest day as a filmmaker- it's nowhere near the imagination present in The Secret of NIMH and An American Tail, but it's still entertaining for kids.

It certainly worked when I first saw it, and I remember watching it several times (maybe cause of the songs which were like filtered but enjoyable Elvis-type tunes, or some of the designs with the characters like the evil owls).