While director Takeshi Koikes (The Animatrix, TVs Iron Man) animated extravaganza depicts a world where aliens and animals walk and talk and dine on Hexagonal Worm Spaghetti Soup, our hero is an old-school human named JP, whos cast in 1950s Elvis Presley mode, complete with Johnny Bravo pompadour.
With a Patrick Warburton-esque delivery in the English dub, JP really really wants to win Redline, but on his own terms. See, in past events, hes happily participated in race-fixing schemes, but after barely surviving a crash at the lesser Yellowline, hes going his own way. Perhaps the biggest obstacle is that he gains fond feelings for his potentially biggest competition, the green-haired gal-go-lightly Sonoshee.
Feature-length animated films from other countries rarely work for me, given their tendency to indulge in mind-crushing fanboy nonsense, but Redline is incredibly accessible.
Its as if Speed Racer grew a set, as if Ralph Bakshi had made a Heavy Metal sequel, as if The Fast and the Furious franchise were laced with GHB. In other words, the work is packed with visuals alive with energy from the start, right to the candy-coated end credits.
Note: Cartoon nature aside, this flick isnt for kids, as it contains some coarse language and, in one scene, a rather buoyant set of bare breasts on the aforementioned Sonoshee. Hey, at least its not tentacle rape. Rod Lott