Norm of the North –
Saving the Environment in the Least Imaginative Way Possible
Review by Jen Rush – 1.5/5 buckets of popcorn
Don’t get me wrong, climate change is an important issue that needs to be addressed and cinema is a great way to get the attention that it deserves. The problem with “Norm of the North” is that it attempts to do it with only two funny (albeit a tad offensive) jokes, lazy animation and a predictable story. On the bright side, they licensed a couple of expensive songs to put into the montages. Directed by Trevor Wall, the movie follows the dancing polar bear, Norm (Rob Schneider) as he travels to New York to stop the aptly named Green Houses from putting homes in the Arctic and thus destroying the environment.
The film sports a capable cast including Heather Graham and Ken Jeong that are not distinguishable in any way. All of the characters were cookie-cutter caricatures that showed no originality. Norm has invented a dance called the “Arctic Shake” that clearly got animated once and was placed in the movie several times using slightly different angles. He is joined on his journey by three Arctic lemmings (suspiciously resembling Minions) that only squeak and urinate wherever they please.
The movie was originally scheduled to be a straight-to-DVD release, which may have been a better choice. Near the end of my screening, I overheard a child exclaim “NOW can we go?”. I have high expectations for animated feature films. They are usually filled with excitement and entertainment for everyone watching. The youngest kids in the audience laughed at some of the slapstick jokes of this movie, nothing else seemed to tickle anyone’s funny bone.