Less than two weeks into 2016, and I’m confident this truly dreadful film will stay well planted on the year’s Worst Films list. Trevor Wall’s animated family film is about a polar bear named Norm who can “speak human,” and goes to the big city to stop a corporate guy from building luxury homes in the Arctic. Along the way, Norm
shamelessly borrows from earlier works (Despicable Me
, Ice Age
), while doubling down on some of the cheapest digital animation I’ve seen in a decade. (The ice in this film looks like carved Crisco.) Another cost-saving measure must have been not bothering to pay for any decent or fresh jokes; this film is so strenuously unfunny that a theater full of kids stayed silent during even reliable gags involving peeing, farting and falling down. Do your part for the polar environment by staying home.