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Norm of the North

Norm of the North
Voices of: Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, bill Nighy and Colm Meaney

Rated: PG  for mild rude humor and action.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: January 15, 2016 Released by: Lions Gate Films

Rob Schneider is a talking polar bear who lives at the North Pole and ends up being the voice of a developing corporation that plans to build housing at the top of the Earth. 

Norm the bear has three lemmings as side kicks (not as effective as the Minions) who travel with him to New York where he interacts with Vera (Heather Graham) the front guy for a corporation heading out to develop the Norm's natural land.  The theme is that the development will bring quick riches to Mr. Greene (Ken Jeong), but will change and perhaps destroy the natural winter wonderland Norm is from.  Norm is hired to speak for the corporation because he can talk and is therefore perfect to help sell the northern project of Mr Greene.  

There is not much else to the story and the creativity we have seen in recent animated features leaves Norm and his friends a little pail.  There is little excitement and little kids who we might expect to be enthralled by the big white bear who can talk and is a little bit comical will find the film dull and spend most of the film time is a restless mood.  

It all boils down to the script in any production and here it fails to produce the attraction kids need.  

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Norm of the North  C      D-                     D+ 

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