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Times of India
A polar bear named Norm (Schneider) is extremely concerned about Mr Greene's (Jeong) plans to build a residential complex in the Arctic, which is the former's home. Norm travels to New York and attempts to foil Greene's plans in dramatic fashion.
Norm Of The North's biggest folly is not its message - that of environmentalism, which is noble, pertinent and relevant enough - but rather, the fact that the execution seems really dated and also, that its animation is quite frankly, rather sub-par. This is especially pertinent when you take a recently-released film like Zootopia into consideration and comparison. Heck, even the first Toy Story film makes this one look like a commercial for breakfast cornflakes.
In an age where even animated flicks are designed for consumption for the junior and senior of our species, this film somehow manages to take the intelligence of children for granted. For one, what is the big idea behind Greene's slinky, rubbery dance? Is it a visual metaphor meant to convey slyness? Who knows? It is never explained as to why a builder would want to start a project in the Arctic Circle, of all places, given the fact that is extremely hostile terrain, to say the least. The only redeeming factor is the Minion-like lemmings, who inject an undeniably sweet dose of cuteness into the proceedings. By the end of the movie, you might end up wishing you saw more of them rather than the frankly irritating Norm.
The movie rests on the premise that Norm knows how to communicate with humans. He is unable to do what Polar bears usually are adept at doing, which is, hunt. And hence, he would be able to broker a deal that prevents the destruction of his and his fellow animals' habitat. But just when things are getting to get cute, Norm has to inexplicably break out in to the 'Arctic Dance'. The only redeeming factors here are the underwater scenes and the part when Norm visits a sushi parlor. Let's hope that the sequel - if there is one - has better to offer.
Before Trevor Wall was taken on board as the film’s director, Anthony Bell was supposed to direct the film.
The idea of the movie originated long ago, but it took six years in the final production due to delays and several script changes.
Comedian Matt Bryne did a performance art piece claiming that he directed the film. He was then slapped with a Cease and Desist letter by the makers.
The film was originally going to have a sequel, but following its poor performance at the box office, the plans of a sequel have, as of now, been abandoned.
Norm the Polar Bear (Rob Schneider) does not know how to hunt, but he does possess the unique ability to talk to humans. When the wealthy Mr. Greene (Ken Jeong) unveils his idea to build luxury houses in the Arctic, Norm realizes that his beloved home is in jeopardy. Accompanied by three mischievous lemmings, Norm stows away on a ship to New York City. Once there, he meets a surprising ally who helps him hatch a scheme to sabotage the developer's unscrupulous plans. They then make him to be a dancer and they use their fame to save the North.