The formula for this film is simple: Take a classic comedy series, pick a cast of children who resemble the originals, filch a few of the old routines, concoct a sorry script (adding some silly new dialogue here and there), hire a director who has no understanding of either comedy or directing, and foist the finished product upon the public. Anyone familiar with the original series will be dismayed at this dreadful travesty. The Hal Roach comedy series was marked by talented child actors, good scripting, skilled direction, and a sense of spontaneity. All those elements are lacking here; even the worst of the 1938-44 MGM shorts are far superior to this horrid mess. The children in this film bear a physical resemblance to the originals, but totally lack any talent for acting. The result is a wholly contrived, uninteresting, unfunny, and virtually unwatchable piece of pure tripe. Most viewers over the age of four will find this film to be a waste of time. There is simply no excuse for a cast, script, director, and film this bad.