Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off

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  • NR
  • 1997
  • 1 hr 10 min
  • 5.9  (598)

Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off is a 1996 American live-action/animated sports comedy film directed by Steve Trenbirth and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is set in an alternate universe where hockey-playing anthropomorphic duck creatures are the norm. The film is the first in the Mighty Ducks franchise, which also includes television shows and sequels.

The film is centered around a group of young ducks, led by Wildwing (voiced by Jeff Bennett), who are on a mission to stop the evil Lord Dragaunus (voiced by Tim Curry) from taking over Earth. Dragaunus, along with his two henchmen Wraith (voiced by Clancy Brown) and Siege (voiced by Tony Jay), is from the alternate dimension of Puckworld and is seeking a new planet to rule over. However, in order to prepare for the mission, Wildwing and his friends need to hone their hockey skills and form a team to compete against Dragaunus' team, the Saurians.

Enter coach Gordon Bombay (played by Jim Belushi), a former hockey player turned lawyer who is roped into coaching the young ducks. Bombay, initially reluctant to help, soon warms up to the team and begins to impart his knowledge of the game. Along the way, the team is also helped by legendary hockey player and coach Phil Palmfeather (voiced by Townsend Coleman). Together, they teach the team the importance of teamwork, hard work and perseverance.

The film is a fun mix of live-action and animation, which serves the story well. The animation is well done and the characters are well-realized. The live-action segments are also well done, with the hockey scenes being particularly entertaining. Jim Belushi is a standout performer in this film, bringing his signature comedic touch to the role of coach Bombay. The voice acting is also top-notch, with Jeff Bennett doing a great job voicing Wildwing.

One of the strengths of the film is how it balances the action-adventure elements with the sports elements. The hockey scenes are well choreographed and exciting to watch, but they also serve the story and are not just there for the sake of showing off. The film is also notable for its positive message about teamwork and the importance of working together.

Overall, Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off is a fun and entertaining film that is sure to delight both sports fans and animation enthusiasts alike. It is a great starting point for the Mighty Ducks franchise and sets the tone for the films and television shows that follow. While the film may feel a bit outdated at times, it is still a worthwhile watch for those looking for a dose of lighthearted comedy and sports action.

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    5.9  (598)