What's Up: Balloon to the Rescue
What's Up: Balloon to the Rescue! is a 2009 Brazilian rip-off of Pixar's Up made by Video Brinquedo. The movie also serves as a sequel to another Video Brinquedo film, Little and Big Monsters, which was itself a rip-off of DreamWorks' Monsters vs. Aliens.
A scientist and a boy go out in an experimental house held by a massive balloon, go somewhere so they can find a portal with monsters in it, and they soon wreak havoc on cities, the boy and the scientist must stop those monsters from doing so.
Why It Sucks
- Awful and lazy animation with stiff movements.
- Poor background design, most looking almost empty.
- This movie can't decide on who to make the main protagonist.
- The plot makes no sense whatsoever, even with the monsters.
- Wastes the voice talents of Mike Pollock, Lisa Ortiz, and Erica Schroeder.
- It is infamously loaded with racist and/or stereotypical jokes. Notable examples includes the very excruciating French accent from the main antagonist, as well as a dreadful stereotype of a Chinese guy holding a camera and wearing a noodle t-shirt, who is embarrassingly named Ching Ling.
- The science lab is quoted as a gossip show when it is actually real.
- The ending is so mean spirited.
- False advertising: The balloon does not actually rescue anyone and that the kid on the cover is wearing glasses, but in the movie he doesn't.
- The lip syncing is way off.
- There's an awkward scene where the little boy tries to resist the villain's mind control, he sounds he is trying to poop.
- A recording error (hopefully) in which you can hear someone say the n-word.
- All the protagonists are detestable. The two scientists come across as bumbling old men, the teenage girl is a ditzy airhead, and the little boy is an obnoxious brat who hates Chinese people. He also never calls Ching Ling by his real name. He always refers to him as "that Chinese guy" "Beijing", and "China".
- This film and Up have little connection with each other, albeit using the films name to steal viewership.