toonpur toonpur
Feature Film

A Bollywood “Roger Rabbit”?

Toonpur ak Superhero

… or is it Cool World or Monkey Bone?

Whichever, Toonpur ka Superrhero opens today in India, the UK, Canada… and the United States! The two hour, twenty minute 3-D live-action/CG combo, directed by Kireet Khurana, is playing over the holidays in Manhattan (BIG Cinemas on 59th Street) and in the LA area (NAZ 8 Artesia in Lakewood), as well as San Francisco, Georgia, Illinois and New Jersey. It’s getting a wider American release than The Illusionist! For US theater listings click here (links to PDF file).

  • Jonah

    Wow. Of all the horrible things I’ve seen on this website over the years, this takes a special place among the worst.

  • Darkblade

    I think I am going to be sick. This makes Cool world look cool over how much it stinks.

  • Javier

    Definitely Cool World as envisioned/understood by a seven year-old.

  • You know it’s bad when the LOGO does the Dreamworks face.

  • Carl

    Looks more like a satire on CGI/live-action films… even though it’s not.

  • Jeff Haynes

    2 hours and twenty minutes for an Indian movie = 53 minutes of story and 1 hour and 27 minutes of group “singing” and dancing. Oh the wonders of a small planet!

  • This is absolutely not that what I understand under the word “Toon”!
    “We ‘re trying to be advanced by throwing away the traditional ways of animation and replace it by the new fancy CGI everyone loves today!” – That’s how it feels like.

    I don’t know how I can explain that; The CGI character appears to me like realistic, flesh and blood cartoon character(of course it depends on style and how it’s animated!. When you would stab him it could bleed, while the 2D character wouldn’t take any real harm.

    But to make it more “Toon-like” it would have been better to draw all the cartoon-characters, just like it was in Roger Rabbit.

    • I think that comment expresses most of the reader’s opinions of this dreadful looking film.

  • wow! that guy surely likes blowing smoke!

  • Funkybat

    Bizarre. I can’t say I’m all that impressed by the CG, as it looks like something that would have been done staeside 10 years ago, but at least they seem to be putting a new spin on Bollywood-type films. It would be interesting to rent just to see what it all came out as in the end, but I am not sure if I would be up for a nonstop viewing for over 2 hours in a theater.

    It is probably still less creepy than if Zemeckis tries to do a Roger Rabbit sequel with mo-capped toons…

  • So…we get plenty of THIS, but no Illusionist? No awesome, 2D (hand-drawn) films from France? Really?
    Animation world, I am disappoint. :/

  • Nipplenuts McGurk

    Looks like its got some Space Jam influence, with the “cartoon world” being underground for some reason. I never understood that in Space Jam….wtf is there a WB logo in the middle of the earth that leads to the “land of the Looney Tunes” in the Earth’s core? …anyway – that bullshit probably makes more sense than anything going on in this movie.

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    For the record, there have been other live action-animation Indian films. At least three of them have been in the “My Friend Ganesha” series where the elephant-headed deity interacts with live humans and either solves their problems or comically gets the better of them. The first film, which came out in 2007, featured the most in the way of an actual story though the animation was strictly Filmation-on-a-good-day level. The second film played up a holdover human from the first film (a maid whose comedy antics were funny when Lucille Ball did them on television) and the animation was Filmation-on-a-bad-day quality. The third film, which only came out this year, switched to the deadest, least-expressive CGI you’ve ever seen if the clips on YouTube are to be believed. But there’s also a trailer for “Krishna 2” on YouTube which is really quite beautiful. The quality of Indian animation may be catching up to the American variety.

  • Daphne Yue

    It just looks like Bollywood is trying their hand at CG films, so I would not be so quick to judge them. I mean, they’re trying to explore various film making/animation mediums. They see what people find entertaining over here, so they *try* (<try is the key word here), to do something that emulates it.

    Granted it looks pretty damn ugly and my eyes want to bleed, but I could be wrong when I say this is one of the fewest attempts I've seen from them. It isn't the best by far, but I mean, it's not like the North American and European studios haven't produced crap like this before either.

    I'm not rooting for them. I'm just seeing them going through their own growth stages as a competitive industry, with all the goods and of course all the bads.

  • Randy Koger

    Guess I’d think this was freakin’ hilarious if I was Indian.
    I’m not however, so….well, you do the math.
    (AKA: Man, that looked like a terrible film.)

  • Inkan1969

    Definitely “Cool World”. I think Brad Pitt even broke into Cool World via a motorcycle, just like in this trailer.

    Hmm, it isn’t exactly Nina Paley….:-(

  • That Chick

    This makes me sad. :(

  • Guz

    Wow, now THAT’S an original idea. And the CG! Amazing.

  • Inkan1969

    “It’s getting a wider American release than The Illusionist!” C’mon, Jerry. You know that won’t be true in the long run. The website for “The Illusionist” just published a list of theaters. While the movie won’t open in a lot of theaters all at once, the list is huge.

    If I counted it right, it’s 34 states plus DC, with a particularly big number on 2/4. For Heaven’s sake, it’s even opening in Greenville and Spartanburg, SC. I won’t have to drive far to see this movie.

    “Toonpur ka Superrhero”? I bet you it will be completely gone after one week.

  • You know those 3D rides in theme parks, the one’s where the only motions are “up,down,left and right” and they keep going on until the point of nausea? Imagine an entire movie like that.

  • jip

    Say what you will about the American movie industry. But at least Hollywood has rarely/never pooped out something as horrible as this.

  • Hal

    This is so terrible – an Indian/Bollywood Jessica Rabbit knock off SHOULD be super hot.

  • MWH80

    This almost feels like a live-action/animated film done by committee. I got that feeling when they did that shot of the guy coughing/burping up smoke twice.

    It almost feels like a low-end Bollywood ‘Space Jam.’

    Though really- what is it about live-action/animation features where noone can actually tell a story that just ‘clicks?’ every attempt I’ve seen outside of Roger Rabbit usually has ok animation, but just tends to have the live-action characters ‘fall flat.’ Everything from Cool World to Looney Tunes: Back in Action. They just can’t make the real-world characters…’pop.’

    Though what are the odds that Bollywood will have sequels lined up for this?

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