Obscure Animated Movies: Foodfight!

Earlier this year, two massively-successful animated films—Frozen and the Lego Movie—were released on home video. These titles and many others are well-known from the world of animation, but there are others that are much more obscure.

Foodfight! Is a computer-animated film starring the voices of Charlie Sheen, Hillary Duff, Eva Longoria, and Christopher Lloyd. In the film, Sheen plays “Dex Dog-tective,” who runs a club after his girlfriend disappears. He and food mascots must try to figure out the reason behind her disappearance, and the mysterious appearance of Lady X.

The film had a long and storied production history. It was originally planned to come out in 2003, with a variety of characters based on grocery mascots. Some animation made from the movie was stolen, animation styles were changed, and distribution deals fell through. Eventually, an insurance company mandated that the film be finished as quickly and cheaply as possible, and was finally released in 2013.

The movie did not come out in theaters, but went straight to video-on-demand and DVD. Despite a budget reported to be between 45 and 65 million dollars, it was a major flop. Many criticisms were leveled at the film, including subpar animation, over-the-top product placement, fart humor, sexual innuendos, and more.

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