The basic template reimagines the American Revolution
, turning the Founding Fathers into action heroes and incorporating plenty of bizarre connections
, such as George Washington
(voiced by Channing Tatum
) being bosom pals with Abraham Lincoln
The British remain firmly in command
, with King James
) zooming around in a hover chair like the Baron in
” and Benedict Arnold
) –occasionally transforming into a werewolf
, just because
— leading the assault on Washington and his allies
. Those freedom fighters include Sam Adams
), a beer-swilling frat boy
(he has his own brand
, after all
); and Thomas Edison
(sí, another anachronism
), a brilliant scientist who people think is a sorcerer
— or sorceress
, since Olivia Munn provides the voice
Produced by teams behind “The Lego Movie” and the FX series “Archer,” “America: The Motion Picture” owes debts to the raunchy sensibility of “Team America: World Police” and the whole Adult Swim vibe, with animated nudity and torrents of blood, thanks in part to Washington’s trusty chainsaw.
The political satire does strike the occasional nerve. The better moments include lampooning America’s love of guns — the well-regulated 18th-century militia really takes a shine to modern automatic weapons — and a biting ending that’s better than most of what precedes it, but not enough to salvage matters.
The relentless irreverence plays like a calculated attention-getting device, while providing opportunities to riff on things like “Guerra de las Galaxias” through this strange prism. Granted, the teaching of history has become the latest hot-button culture-war issue, but the people the crude humor is apt to shock are probably the last who would be inclined to watch.
En la mayor parte, “America: The Motion Picture
” seems too pleased with itself
, an indulgence in silliness that feels woefully stretched at close to
100 minutos. Netflix describes the movie as
“tongue-in-cheek animated revisionist history
,” which is basically a long-winded way of saying this Mad magazine
-style exercise throws a ton of gags against the wall and hopes that a few stick
While that yields the odd highlight here or there, “America” ultimately feels like the sort of bloated effort that would have benefited if someone had taken that aforementioned chainsaw and whittled it down to size.
“America: The Motion Picture” premieres June 30 on Netflix. It’s rated TV-MA (mature audiences).