In all fairness, I am torn about this entire review. I agree with everyone that the Buddies direct to dvd franchise is strained and borderline pathetic. And I was ready to completely dislike the movie before even watching it. But to my chagrin by the third time my six year old played the disc, I found myself chuckling at some of the lines and antics.
Yes, the CGI is bad. The "Middle Eastern accents" are bad. The humor is bad and at times completely unnecessary (when Cammy and Butter Ball discuss regurgitation... YUCK! While a fact of life, was this important enough to put in the movie?!?!). And the premise of the movie? ... you guessed it, bad. For anyone put off by the supernatural storyline in Spooky Buddies, Treasure Buddies is no different as there is a curse involved and an evil cat bent on taking over the world (think Warner Brother's "Cats & Dogs" movies). Yes there are scary scenes because of whole storyline, but the amount of 'fright' really depends on your child's age and maturity level. There are also other mature themes like the sale of camels (ie: animal rights), and grave robbing. On the flip side, there are definitely cultural aspects present such as prayer and specific Egyptian foods - and your child will probably have questions about all of this as mine did. While the movie is G-rated, I'd say 5+ is a good range.
What really helped redeem the movie was the acting. Yes, I said acting! Edward Hermann (recognizible from reruns of The Gilmore Girls and on voiceover work on various programs on the Biography Channel as well as a slew of movies) and Richard Riehle (a character actor who played Santa Claus in the 'Search for Santa Paws' - the buddy-less direct to dvd Buddy movie). These two obviously enjoyed hamming it up and getting into their over the top 'old man adventurer' roles. Plus, they had more screen time than the Buddies! And I confess, I LOVE Uncle Babi! I know, I know - a monkey for comic relief is as old as that black and white Laurel and Hardy mummy movie, but this monkey offered up some decent gags. Who knew another Disney monkey could take on Aladdin's Abu???
The bonus features are basic: the "Roam" 'music video' (basically, karaoke for 2nd tier Disney Channel actors), B-Dog's episode of "cribs", and the ever present "upgrade to blu-ray" commercials. To wrap up, my six year old would probably give this five stars. So with my input, I'm settling with a solid 3.5 star rating.
Did I mention I **LOVE** Uncle Babi? ;)