The animated film lacks a fighting spirit
Burdened by its inability to fully engage in a fathers story and lacking in combativeness, Rumble is far from being an essential animation.
Reel Fx Studio To scold puts up some decent combat, but doesn’t have the spirit of a worthy animated feature. Geraldine Viswanathan (Blockers) plays Winnie Coyle, a young fan eager to become a coach and Will Arnett (BoJack Cavalier, Lego Batman) voices the second lead role, Rayburn Jr., a runaway hiding from his fate. Viswanathan’s expectations as a voice actor have yet to be set, but Arnett is unquestionably a modern legend in the field and this offering is far from unique. Kids will definitely love the monster mash, but To scold is not able to fully retain the attention of an adult.
Professional monster wrestler Rayburn Sr. (Charles Barkley) and trainer Jimbo Coyle (Carlos Gomez) form the monster / trainer duo of Stoker. Rayburn Sr. doesn’t like his son, Rayburn Jr., to like to dance instead of wrestling. While Jimbo’s daughter, Winnie, wants to be like her father. When Rayburn Sr. and Jimbo pass by, the Town of Stoker looks for a new monster to seek out in Tentacular (Terry Crews). But in a move straight from a LeBron James newspaper clipping, Tentacular immediately leaves Stoker to bring his talents to Slithermore. Prompting the movie’s best line, “Hit it straight into the tentacles!” It’s up to Winnie to find Rayburn Jr. and reclaim her town’s pride. At first Rayburn Jr. is content to be a wandering heel, but two montages later he and Winnie are thick as thieves, finally ready to face their daddy issues.
To scold wants to teach children that they don’t have to be their fathers. Problem is, the worst thing either of these fathers ever did was tell their son to stop dancing while wrestling was practiced. Then the movie switches to not having to live in a dad’s shadow, although that also doesn’t work as there are only two scenes with the fathers and they barely speak. Put simply, the story of the father should have been more fleshed out, which is ironic as animated films tend to harass deceased parents. There is a montage 30 minutes after the start of the film explaining the story of Jimbo Coyle and Rayburn Sr. If that would have opened up the film instead of the two minute voiceover exhibit, To scold would be all the closer to having real emotional issues.
WWE Studios is credited as the production company on this film and professional wrestling is inherently and overtly performative. Children today know the ins and outs of sport even better than previous generations. Before the Internet, the fight was divided into dueling factions: the fight is wrong or the fight is real. But the fight is neither real nor false, they are well executed stunts. So when everyone in wrestling turns on Rayburn Jr. because he’s a wrestler whose style involves dancing, that doesn’t ring true. Considering he loses every game before on purpose, it seems odd that he feels sorry for dancing and not dishonoring the sport. That being said, one can’t help but laugh on his finishing move, which involves dancing around the ring before throwing his butt in his opponent’s face while shouting, “Get ready for the moon boom! ”
The people of Stoker have a great Parks and recreation atmosphere for them. Ben Schwartz as a garish fight promoter and always on the phone, Jimothy, is surely the most literal example of this. One fan regularly changes every tattoo on his body to match his favorite wrestler and Jimmy Tatro (American Vandal) and Stephen A. Smith (First take) shine as commentators, bringing hilarity to every scene they share. It’s also in their conversations that the question of “How much should we care that Rayburn Jr. is dancing?” Is analyzed most precisely. Without surprise, To scold has no place in a conversation with The world of Nemo or other cartoon classics. But it also ranks well below its below-par peers, such as Forward. Overwhelmed by his inability to fully engage in a history of fathers and lacking in fighting spirit, To scold is far from being an essential event.
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To scold aired on Paramount + since December 15th. The film is 95 minutes long and is rated PG for its action and crass humor.
- Rumble (2021)Release Date: December 15, 2021
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