Jumbo - Preview

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

With a dearth of good Hindi movies in this genre, this one might as well be what kids deserve this holiday!



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NOT A REVIEW - Just wondering if this one is really for the kids unlike some other films floating around in the name of kids movies...

They claim to have learnt from Yash Raj Film's mistakes -

Despite the fact that Yash Raj Films hired the services of top stars like Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor for their expensive animation project, ROADSIDE ROMEO, they failed to get the fact across to the audience! None of the promos both print and broadcasted showed the top pair.

I hope this is not the only thing they have learnt. So, Percept has pulled the magic trick. Now we all know Akshay Kumar is the voice behind the cute-blue elephant and that he's been paid 9-crores to gain all that weight and color. Oh yeah, and the fee must also include the item number, 'Everything's gonna be alright', in his non-animated avatar.

Now, what I don't understand is whether the Thai production companies instructed Percept Picture Company not to mention the Thai-origin in any of the promotional material.

While we are yet to come across an Indian animated movie that was worth watching after Hanuman, a Thai movie which has done well in Thailand might have been something that would have worked well for the health of the cash registers. Especially when pitted against Ghajini. But, looks like that is a very intentional move -

We have purposely pitched Jumbo against Ghajini because we feel that our film has the ability to stand against a big commercial film

What is also interesting is that Yuvraj Singh will replace Akshay Kumar in the Punjabi version. 9 crores for every language that Akshay can speak might not exactly define a wise commercial decision now, would it? But, it'd be fun to see Yuvraj in an alternate career because he seems really comfortable in commercials.

The commercials for the movie have teeny-weeny glimpses of the voiceovers done by Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Dimple Kapadia and Gulshan Kumar.

It actually looks like everything is indeed gonna be alright...