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Zodiac: The Race Begins
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Zodiac: The Race Begins is a 2006 computer-animated movie from Singapore that is rife with unlistenable songs, unlikable characters, terrible acting, and the thinnest of storylines. While ostensibly a folktale about how twelve animals earned their places in the Zodiac calendar, thus helping humanity understand the concept of time, all the aforementioned excruciatingly bad aspects to this movie take what could be an interesting idea and ruin it. There is also an evil tree with a very sinister voice that could give younger kids nightmares, and a scene in which a monkey's rear end catches on fire.
What's the story?
During an era when people have no concept of time, a king issues a proclamation, ordering all the animals to race to the Celestial Palace. The twelve fastest animals will be tasked to be part of the Zodiac, and thus help humanity tell time and to protect them from evil. And so, the race begins, as characters like Ringo the Rat (Tom Arnold), Riley the Rabbit, and Orial the Ox find ways to emerge victorious in this journey, and thus become immortalized on the Zodiac. But an evil tree stands in their way, as well as numerous animals who are also trying to earn their place in the Celestial Palace.
Is it any good?
ZODIAC: THE RACE BEGINS is an excruciatingly awful mix of terrible songs, horrible acting, unlikeable characters, and only the thinnest of storylines to carry this thing through to the end. This movie has no redeeming value to it. Which is a shame, because the basic premise of it is interesting enough, but the execution of this movie is so bad, it's impossible to care how it ends.
As if this wasn't bad enough, there is also an evil tree that speaks in a sinister voice tailor-made to fill young kids' heads with nightmares. This is just plain lousy, and there really isn't anything else to say about it.
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