Inside the fairy tale world of sex and cartoons
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Little did you know that filthy animators have been cranking out adult cartoons since the art form was invented. Among the results is Once Upon a Girl, a somewhat little-known adult animated take on a few well-known fairy tales. That its directed by Don Jurwich, who worked on a number of big-time shows, including a directing gig on the "G.I. Joe" movie, kicks up the interest factor a bit, but for the most part, it's one of those films that was destined to be forgotten.
Our story starts as a live-action film as Mother Goose stands trial for telling the truth about fairy tales. In a role that's certain to destroy your childhood, Hal Smith, the voice of Winnie the Pooh and the King of Kartoons from "The Brady Bunch," puts on a bad drag act and regales the jury of a simply pathetic courtroom with filthy stories that trigger their libido. This is the type of film presentation that will either make you laugh your ass off or annoy the hell out of you. It will also create within you a number of questions, such as "Why isn't the judge wearing a robe?," or "They couldn't afford two tables for the lawyers to sit at?" and "Why's that guy so sweaty?" There are no answers provided,, so just file those thoughts away so they can keep you busy when you can't sleep.
After an interminable opening scene, we get into the first cartoon, a sex-filled version of "Jack and the Beanstalk." While trying to figure out exactly who this movie is made for, it struck me that tying to animate a woman's orgasm is apparently not easy, and results in a look that's somewhere between shock and constipation. To describe the storyline would be like attempting to nail Jell-O to the wall: it's going to be messy, sticky and no one's going to enjoy it in the end. Suffice to say, there's a good deal of nudity and sex, often repeated again and again to get maximum value from the cost of the animation. The same goes for the music, which seems to be dropped in randomly, and becomes annoying quickly.
The same treatment is applied to both "Cinderella" (complete with bonus incest) and "Little Red Riding Hood" (in which we learn that rape can be fun!) I'm curious as to what tone the film is attempting to reach. Is watching a frog suckle at a woman's breast supposed to be sexy, funny or something else altogether? What about watching Cinderella's stepsisters explore each other? Hunters raping Little Red? It doesn't seem like there's anything funny here, and you'd have a hard time finding anything sexy, unless you're hard up enough that some cartoon boobs do the trick for you.
Oddly, for a film that was rated X and includes a lengthy gynocological moment that takes us deep inside some enormous intercourse, the film doesn't depict any insertion, cutting the act just outside of the frame, or hidden with positioning. Such prudishness isn't going to satisfy the pervier viewers in the audience. If only such displays of tastefulness were attempted with the film's weak comedy.
The audio is presented in a simple, but effective Dolby Digital mono track that presents every moan, groan, and repetitive pornoriffic tune clearly and without distortion. The recording is nothing to write home about, but the disc doesn't add anything to complain about.
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