Tripping the Rift: The Movie


A routine mission to protect a contentious princess devolves into a seriously warped space adventure in this full-length animated comedy featuring the voices of Stephen Root, Jenny McCarthy, and John Melendez. Chode and his crew are safeguarding a royal pain in the backside when a team of indestructible clown assassins and insanely horny housewives send things spiraling out of control. Now, as a time-traveling assassin threatens to transform a boozy birthday party into a blood-soaked crime scene, it’s up to Gus, Six, T’nuk, Whip, and Bob to ensure that their tempestuous charge arrives at her intended destination in one piece


First off, let me say that I LOVED Tripping the Rift when it was on the air. As with most sci-fi (the genre, not the channel) shows that have a specific audience, it was canceled too soon. The result, it appears, is Tripping the Rift: The Movie.

One would imagine that this would be some sort of awesome closure to the show, right? I mean that’s what we got with The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!…well, that was the idea, anyway.

With this, the filmmakers took the lazy route of stitching episodes together to make a movie. I would say this doesn’t work, but I’ve seen it actually succeed before. Hell, a while back, I reviewed Marvel Knights: Black Panther, which was nothing more than the animated series, but if you watch them back to back it makes a movie.

The problem with this flick is that from the get go, it seems as if it is nothing more than a final attempt to grab some cash from the audience, and doesn’t apologize for what it is. This would work if it was a sequel, but when a show is cancelled, fans want some closure and this hodge-podge of episodes didn’t do it.

I read a review of this the other day that said they should have played up the sex angle more. I can’t disagree with that. The whole Desperate Housewives parody might very well have been the best part. Quite a shame, since they also parody Young Frankenstein and The Terminator.

Instead of playing up the sex angle, they spend a good chink of the film making gay jokes. Much in the same way this past season of Glee became nothing more than gay propaganda. I’m of the belief that once you make that distinction, move along. Sure, a few jokes are fine, but after awhile, they start to get stale.

As far as computer animation goes, this is nowhere near the stuff Pixar and Dreamworks are putting out, but remember, this was a Sci-Fi channel show (back when they actually spelled their name right).

I wish I could say that this was hilarious, but it just isn’t. Now, for me, having seen these episodes before, perhaps it could just be the disappointment and anticipation of something new, but it just seemed as if all the jokes were forced or beating the proverbial dead horse. I was hoping for something new.

I guess I am making it sound like Tripping the Rift: The Movie is the worse film ever made, and it is far from that. This is one of those films that can be watched over and over again, especially when you’re drunk and with friends makin fun of everything bad about it, or it can be a late night treat when nothing else is on. So, yes I recommend it, but not to fans of the show. We’ve already seen it in the form of 3 separate episodes, so why waste the time watching it again, except to hear animated cussing?

3 out of 5 stars


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