Norm (Norm of the North)
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Norm is the main protagonist in 2016 critically-panned computer-animated film, Norm of the North.
Why He Doesn’t Put The Soul In The Winter Solstice
- As being a hero in the film, he has no purpose whatsoever. What's worse is that his design is just awful; he barely resembles a polar bear and his character development is extremely poor. To start with, he is mostly very unfunny and immature, he has been a total outcast and simply becomes accepted by his community.
- He couldn't decide to speak as a polar bear.
- He overuses pop culture songs such as "Shut Up and Dance".
- He stole a lot of elements from good films such as Happy Feet, The Lion King, Open Season, Madagascar, and Ice Age.
- On top of that, he is a ripoff of Baloo from The Jungle Book, Mumble from Happy Feet, and Alex from Madagascar.
- Not only that, but the producer Mike Young said that Norm was based on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
- His Character design is mediocre, he looks more like a dog than a actual polar bear
- Each time he's on-screen he does something unfunny, annoying, or just downright obnoxious.
- Even his sidekicks, the Lemmings are terrible, if not worse. What's worse is that he lets them urinate in a fish tank.
- Infamously, he even twerks, even in the ending as well.
- His plans didn't make any sense either, at all.
- One of his plans is to stop condos from being built in the Arctic, but he ends up boosting ratings, prompting him to go to New York, save his grandfather, and leave.
- The other plan was to pretend to be a human disguised as a polar bear, because somehow real polar bears look like fake polar bears.
- He is so poorly-written that he even contributes to confusing and questionable logic throughout the first movie. For example:
- In the first movie, Norm somehow knows what Florida is despite living his entire life in the Arctic.
- In the first movie, Norm gets a lemming stuck in his mouth before he spits it out while chasing the seal; why not eat the lemming when it was in your mouth instead of chasing after the seal?
- On that topic, the very fact that Norm himself is a terrible predator unlike other polar bears and he still manage to survive all those years makes zero sense whatsoever, as in real life a polar bear would've starved to death if it were a terrible predator like Norm.
- His character became much worse and lazier in the sequels.
- He squashed one of the lemmings. Sure, they don't die from this, but it's still cruel.
- He ignored the animals complaining about not having food by playing on a phone, which just goes to sure how immature Norm is.
- He has a very poor relationship with his target audience:
- In the first movie, he has the so-called "need" to constantly remind the audience of his's goal once every ten or so minutes as if they were too stupid to know what his goal actually is, complete with the line "Don't listen to the haters".
- In the first movie, he also wants the audience to believe that Norm is the rightful king of the Arctic, but it suffers from an emotional standpoint due to it being explained via words of exposition rather than showing it through his actions, and it also doesn't help that none of what Norm does makes him seem worthy of being a king; one technique commonly used in storytelling is "Show, don't tell!", in which however a character is described is shown through their actions so the audience would become emotionally invested within said character.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- He does care for his grandfather as well as his girlfriend.