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Donkey X [Blu-ray] [Import]


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  • Actors: Andreu Buenafuente, David Fernández, Sonia Ferrer, José Luis Gil, Jordi González
  • Directors: Jose Pozo
  • Writers: Angel E. Pariente, Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra
  • Producers: Begoña Alonso, Carlo Alfano, Carlos Fernández, Fabio Massimo Cacciatori, Franco Bevione
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • Release Date: Aug. 11 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002B5AWDW

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I have no idea why someone would title it as "X" but Donkey Xote is the correct title.
Having said that, you will now have guessed this movie will be a telling of the classic novel and its saddened main character Don Quixote.
No doubt when you watch the movie the donkey's hilarity reminds you of the other famous donkey played by Eddie Murphy which in itself makes the movie worthwhile.
The wonderful CGI animation produces a great movie experience and as far as the storyline goes - well, how can you go wrong with the beloved Dumas tale?
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By AngelineG on Dec 26 2013
Format: DVD
The animation is good, but the story was too hard to follow for my toddler. The "transsexual horse" was a serious turn-off for me. I mean really, this is A CHILDREN'S MOVIE.
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By poodle on Jan. 18 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Super Fast Shipping Got it in time for christmas, Great Price, Just as described, Will purchase from again, Thank you..A +++++++
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Amazon.com: 11 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Rucio's Unique Version of a Literary Classic March 3 2011
By ONENEO - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
If you're new to my animation feature film review library, I should begin this review by disclaiming a trend in the genre that nearly always ends disastrously: Domestic studios importing foreign films, slapping an English vocal track atop of the material, and claiming it as their own. The list of films guilty of this technique is long and ever growing. Considering Donkey X falls into this category, there was a strong suspicion going in that this one would be a proverbial train wreck. Worse still, the few reviews I was able to track down seemed to confirm such reservations. Fortunately I can begin this critique by assuring prospective viewers that of all the foreign translation jobs, this one is perhaps the most pleasant.

Released in Spain back in 2007, Donkey X (or "Donkey Xote" as it was originally called) tells the tale of a small town (La Mancha) where there resides a dreamer named Don Quixote (voiced by Steve Salazar).

Don is able to convince his close friend Sancho (James Phillips) to commit to an epic quest after having shared many misadventures together prior. Sancho's donkey, Rucio (Joe Lewis), is actually the centerpiece on which the literary classic tale is centered (hence the title).

With a little deliberation, the two heroes set off on chasing down the dream of locating Don Quixote's elusive true love, Dulcinea, once and for all.

The ingredients for fun are all present and believe it or not, the visuals are pretty stunning (contributing to the film often being heralded as Spanish cinema's finest computer animation effort to date). The trouble is that the prose is a bit clumsy and, interestingly, not the type of perplexity foreign adaptations are usually known for.

The dialog is actually witty, the timing natural and the narrative strong but Donkey X plods along with far too much complexity to be grasped by its target audience. Adults, especially those familiar with Miguel de Cervantes' classic tale, will have no trouble keeping the plot together but will likely be off-put by the film's failure to settle into a consistent theme (despite a fairly lengthy 90-minute runtime).

Angel E. Pariente's screenplay is certainly a bit muddled and shallow, and never fully establishes whether the protagonist is in fact Don Quixote or the titular mule. By the way, the resemblance to Donkey of Shrek fame is downright uncanny! It seems almost blasphemous when said character opens his mouth and Eddie Murphy's voice fails to follow. In the film's defense, at least a Shrek reference/ joke is included as a reminder not to take this all too seriously.

Taking a page from the Pixar/ DreamWorks plan for success, upbeat pop numbers are scattered about for effect, some working better than others.

The PG rating should definitely be taken seriously. While domestic efforts seem to earn it for less, Donkey X does contain a few references that parents may not appreciate (such as multiple breast references/ gags, a rather gross urine segment and some cross dressing humor).

Another oddity is the film's title itself. In its original release the name Donkey Xote (pronounced "Hotie") was a fairly clever play on the name Don Quixote (keep in mind this supposedly the donkey's telling of the tale). The film, for whatever reason, arrives Stateside on DVD/ Blue Ray via Peace Arch Entertainment as "Donkey X", thereby removing the first joke of it all right off the bat.

Interestingly the disc contains three vocal tracks: English 2.0, French 5.1, and Spanish 2.0 but no subtitles. One gets the feeling that English, for whatever reason, was the original language of choice as the mouth flaps are perfect.

A trailer for the film represents the only bonus feature included.

In all, Donkey X is by no means a masterpiece though it does have much more heart and entertainment then most animated features that have undergone the dub & re-release treatment. It is undoubtedly flawed but may serve as an hour-and-a-half's worth of entertainment for an animation-purist looking beyond the efforts of the "big boys on the block".

Perhaps the best way to surmise this feature is to take a look at the tagline used to promote it: From the producers who saw Shrek. One look at the title character confirms this statement but if you let yourself take it at face value, it's kind of cute in its own weird way.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
boring Oct. 14 2009
By Rene S. Hoepelman Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
boring, Only good thing was the previews which led me to dragon hunters which is an awsome animation!!
Kids hated it. July 6 2013
By Angela Kellogg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Trying to find kjds movies for every letter of the alphabet, was pretty excited when I found this for X ( I know technically its d for donkey, but it would have worked for my pre k students)... They hated it. Didn't keep them entertained at all. So I gave it to a friend, she then tells me her older kids ( 3rd graders) hated it too... Its really just not an entertaining cartoon.
Donkey X..... June 27 2013
By blackaciddevil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Follow Rucio, the donkey of Castile as he tells the true story of the legendary Don Quixote. Rucio jumps at the opportunity to join Don Quixote on his quest to battle The Half Moon Knight and overcome the dangerous obstacles that lurks them on the way.

Good effort as it may be to tell a story(sequel?) of Don Quixote, it gets off to a mighty slow start...which will probably leave those unfamiliar with the story itself at a loss, confused and ready to throw in the towel on the movie. But, for those willing to stick with it and watch it all the way through, Donkey X is actually a very good and entertaining CGI movie.

I hate to admit, though, at times- the movie tends to go off in different directions without truly any sound conclusion that it'll leave you scratching your head. Maybe it's something that is lost in translation considering this is a CGI movie to come from Spain. Not only that but, considering this is supposed to be geared more towards children, it does have several scene that I felt were geared more towards adults(shots of buxom women and whatnot).

Overall, though, if you can get past that-Donkey Xote or Donkey X is worth getting and adding to your collection.
It's okay. June 27 2013
By A. Drewes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Just released this month, Donkey X is based on the 400 year old Spanish classic tale "Don Quijote de la Mancha." It follows the Rucio, the most adventurous, brave, and mischievous donkey of the Castile, as he tells the true story of the legendary Don Quixote. Rucio jumps at the opportunity to join Don Quixote on his quest to battle The Half Moon Knight and overcome the dangerous obstacles that lurk them on the way. This film has a 90 minute run time and is rated PG.

The dialog is actually witty, the timing natural and the narrative strong but Donkey X plods along with far too much complexity to be grasped by its target audience. Adults, especially those familiar with Miguel de Cervantes' classic tale, will have no trouble keeping the plot together but will likely be off-put by the film's failure to settle into a consistent theme (despite a fairly lengthy 90-minute runtime).

The ingredients for fun are all present and believe it or not, the visuals are pretty stunning (contributing to the film often being heralded as Spanish cinema's finest computer animation effort to date). The trouble is that the prose is a bit clumsy and, interestingly, not the type of perplexity foreign adaptations are usually known for. The PG rating should definitely be taken seriously. While domestic efforts seem to earn it for less, Donkey X does contain a few references that parents may not appreciate (such as multiple breast references/ gags, a rather gross urine segment and some cross dressing humor).

In all, Donkey X is by no means a masterpiece though it does have much more heart and entertainment then most animated features that have undergone the dub & re-release treatment. It is undoubtedly flawed but may serve as an hour-and-a-half's worth of entertainment for an animation-purist looking beyond the efforts of the "big boys on the block".

Perhaps the best way to surmise this feature is to take a look at the tagline used to promote it: From the producers who saw Shrek. One look at the title character confirms this statement but if you let yourself take it at face value, it's kind of cute in its own weird way.

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