Who's in It: The voices of Daniel Tippet, Tricia Trippett, Phil Nibbelink

The Basics: It's the animated Romeo and Juliet story. With seals. And a happy ending in which all formerly feuding seal families dance and make out. Because you want your kids to be shocked when they finally get old enough to see how it really goes down. And they use dialogue from Hamlet because, really, what difference does it make anyway? It's just a kids' movie, right? So to answer the question posed by one of the seals, "To be or not to be?" I vote "not to be."

What's the Deal? I've complained here before about the domination of 3-D computer animation and the glut of talking-animal movies that's resulted from the success of stuff like the Pixar films and Shrek. But after watching this homemade cheapie, I would like to apologize to everyone. I'll even kiss the boots of whoever made The Wild. That's how shoddy this thing is by comparison.

Pedigree: It's single-handedly created — on a laptop? — by one guy, Phil Nibbelink. According to the little press postcard that arrived with this promotional DVD, he was the animation director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the director of An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. And yes, it's opening in theaters. With any luck, your kid will never know about it.

Featuring the Songwriting Talents of: Phil Nibbelink.

Wherefore Art Thou? Yes, sometimes the seals use vaguely Shakespearian language. Small children love 16th-century English pronouns.

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William S. - 3-29-2014 6:59 PM
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Insightful review! I've been considering watching this for a while, but I hear the animation does not live up to the hype. Great idea for a movie though!

Tybalaly - 3-29-2014 9:00 PM
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Once i was bully by a montague seal and he made me crying! Can't believe this feud is still doing. Don't say mean things if the person has a love, it is just not! Please like and share. No hating, please, this is Ohio

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