Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2001. Warner Bros., Conundrum Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Feature Animation. Screenplay by Marc Hyman. Cinematography by Mark Irwin. Produced by Dennis Edwards, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Zak Penn, Bradley Thomas. Music by Randy Edelman. Production Design by Sydney J. Bartholomew Jr.. Costume Design by Pamela Withers. Film Editing by Lois Freeman-Fox, Stephen Schaffer, Sam Seig.
Half of this Farrelly Brothers comedy is a delight, while the other half is practically unbearable. A combination of live-action and animation filmmaking, it stars Bill Murray as a hygienically repulsive zoo worker whose concerned daughter is trying very hard to get him to live a healthier life. When he catches a bad cold, the film goes into his inner body (the animation part of course), where the City of Frank’s police force is comprised of White T-Cell detectives who monitor all of Frank for viruses. One particular cell, an unruly copper named Osmosis Jones (voiced by Chris Rock) is appalled when an evil virus named Thrax (Laurence Fishburne) enters Frank and is followed by a cold pill (David Hyde Pierce) who thinks he owns the place. Piet Kroon’s wildly attractive, totally original animation style is completely at odds with the Farrellys incredibly repulsive live-action story, witless scenes of slapstick humour that go too far in their gross-out element and aren’t in any way fun. Murray is capable of much more, and many of the supporting actors just look embarassed to be there. Other voices in the animated segment include Brandy Norwood, William Shatner and Ron Howard.