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    Posted: May 27 2010 at 11:20am
CUTE ANIMAL MOVIES -- ESPECIALLY ONES WHERE the ANIMALS HAVE HUMAN QUALITIES -- ARE USUALLY AMONG the LAZIEST "SUREFIRE" WAYS to MAKE BIG BOX OFFICE BUX. 

BASED on a SYNDICATED COMIC STRIP THAT NO ONE WE KNOW UNDER 70 HAS EVER READ REGULARLY, MARMADUKE HAS ITS TITLE CHARACTER DRIVING a MINI-COOPER, TAKING BUBBLE-BATHS and OTHERWISE BEHAVING LIKE ONE of the FAMILY. BUT with FURRY VENGEANCE HAVING RECENTLY BOMBED, the EVENTUAL FATE of MARMADUKE IS ANYBODY's GUESS -- SADLY, FAMILY AUDIENCES MAY EAT IT UP LIKE a BOWLFUL of KIBBLE. 

BUT HERE at the OFFICIAL RAZZIE® FORUM, WE'RE IN NO MOOD to QUIBBLE -- PROMOs for THIS MAKE IT LOOK LESS LIKE IT BELONGS in a FILM CAN THAN in a CAN of KAL-KAN...




LOPEZ: "Man, this dog's breath stinks!"  

WILSON: "Wrong again, Georgie! That's me -- I just 
had a burrito at the craft services table..."  

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Post Options Post Options   Quote GTAHater767 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2010 at 12:47pm
That dog looks sort of scary with its pointed, wavy ears. I've had enough animal-themed family comedies over the past few years, and if this one fails, it likely will have a chance at my Worst of '010. But it also has Revenge of Kitty Galore to compete against...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote saturnwatcher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2010 at 1:55pm

I may be mistaken on this point, not being a regular (or even occasional) reader of the Marmaduke comic strip...HOWEVER: I don't think that Marmaduke ever "talked" in the strip, nor were we privy to his thoughts. He pretty much behaved like a real dog...maybe somewhat exaggerated. 

Evidently, once again Hollywood is playing pretty fast-and-loose with their source material, to the point of trashing it completely...if that is even possible in this case.  


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Post Options Post Options   Quote BurnHollywoodBurn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2010 at 2:38pm
Oh, yes! Yet another "talking dog" movie. Joy! (Bangs head against a wall)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Berrynoia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 28 2010 at 3:29pm
(Bangs head against a wall) -- Please don't do that.  Banging your head may cause you to damage your brain, possibly to the point it would make you want to see this movie. 

Also, I am hearing some interesting stuff at the IMDB boards.  One is that Marmaduke is prooof that Hollywood is a lost cause, and we may never see great films on the level of the Star Wars and Indy trilogies (not the prequels or the fridge nuker, of course), Godfather 1 & 2, or Shawshank ever again.  As in not now, not 100 years from now, not ever.  And the "lack of originality" is taken to the extreme.

Then again, it's not surprising in a world with music-less music channels, live action on Cartoon Network, Paris Hilton on TV Guide Network, and other forms of decay.  In both cases (TV and movies like Marmaduke), it appeals to the lowest common denominator audience.  The people who actually have brains...well, they are basically outsiders.  How long will it be before people snap out of this like they did when Disaster Movie was released?

P.S. I wonder if Marmaduke could be considered Owen Wilson's second suicide attempt?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote BurnHollywoodBurn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 28 2010 at 3:58pm
"Banging your head may cause you to damage your brain, possibly to the point it would make you want to see this movie." -- Good point, and then I might start agreeing with MWG's opinions!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wetbandit82 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 04 2010 at 9:04pm
I suppose a class action suit against the industry couldn't possibly work because it would be nearly impossible to prove malicious harm (even though it clearly does in subliminal ways, of course), am I right?  Oh well, sooner or later, if they stay on this track, the bottom will fall out and they'll all go broke (or if the FCC's willing to step in and declare them monopolies, which frankly they're getting very close to anyway, more studios and thus more competition might encourage more creativity). 
 
Back onto the picture in question (which Monk might give a look at given he said Marmaduke's a favorite character of his, but now that he found his wife's killer and overcame much of his neuroses, even he'd probably bail before the end now), yes, there seems to be no originality whatsoever, and if they want to beat the film's lesson into your head in the trailer (a lesson that anyone with an IQ over 10 would have easily learned by now anyway), why bother showing up in the first place, I reason?  The best family films let the message speak for itself in the story; Wilder's Wonka being a good example, which allows us to draw our own conclusions on our own time.  And also true about the animal film point; the gimmick will only work if there's substance behind the gimmick, if you end up believing the animal in question is a three-dimensional character.  And even with that in mind, having it do too much unnatural material detracts from the reality; Free Willy and Air Bud stand out as the best animal films of the last 20 years as their heroes remain largely natural--and are as noted above essentially realistic characters in their own right--despite the heightened realities of the situations they're put in.  But of course, the filmmakers here and now only look at the most obvious aspect, so the results will speak for themselves even if it does make a lot of money the first weekend. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote BurnHollywoodBurn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 05 2010 at 4:27am
Do you really think that will work?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Razzilla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 06 2010 at 3:34am
Where are the pooper scoopers when you need them???
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Razzilla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 06 2010 at 3:38am
I think there's something in the U.S. Constitution against inflicting "cruel and unusual punishment" that might apply here...  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dEd Grimley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 06 2010 at 5:14am
If y'alls will remember, I was complaining about this movie long, long ago.
For those of you complaining about "Another talking dog movie", remember, if you would please, that this is a talking dog movie, based upon a comic strip that generally uses one frame, and the humor is that the dog is big and clumsy. This movie takes that same source material, and turns that silent, clumsy dog, and has him voiced by Owen Wilson, which would make me think that they want him to be somewhat smarmy, because otherwise, why go with Owen Wilson, and cap it off with a bunch of fart jokes. So this is indeed again, another example of Hollywood taking the name of something that already exists to bring in a pre-existing fan base, and deviating entirely from the source material. This is the lowest form of greedy, and one can only hope the movie makes less than a million dollars. Ever.
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In other words, this movie is NOT loyal to its source material at all! 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote GTAHater767 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 07 2010 at 10:30am
They CHEATED us! Most of the crew of this movie are the worst kinds of lowlives in the business!
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Originally posted by GTAHater767

They CHEATED us! Most of the crew of this movie are the worst kinds of lowlives in the business!
Not really. In order for them to "cheat" us, they had to offer us something good and not deliver. In this case, they failed to deliever on both accounts.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tdickensheets Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2010 at 1:50pm
Make Garfeld movie look good!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote BurnHollywoodBurn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2010 at 3:26pm
Originally posted by tdickensheets

Made the Garfeld movies look good!
And considering how bad both of those movies were, that's quite an achievement!
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