"The Loud House Movie" stars Asher Bishop, Catherine Taber, Liliana Mumy, Nika Futterman, Cristina Pucelli, Jessica DiCicco, Grey Griffin, Lara Jill Miller, Jill Talley, and Brian Stepanek. Released on Netflix on August 20, 2021, the film has the Loud family traveling to Scotland and discovering their royal heritage.
The film featured the directorial debut of Dave Needham, who served as a story artist for other projects like "The Fairly OddParents", "Robotboy", "Penguins of Madagascar", "Trolls", and "The Boss Baby". It is based on the television series, The Loud House, created by Chris Savino. It looks like "PAW Patrol" wasn't the only Nicktoon movie that invaded our screens last weekend. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, the loudest family on Nickelodeon has finally gotten their own film adaptation, and it's on Netflix. There's no telling how much I love The Loud House when it first aired five years ago. From the delightful characters to its heartwarming themes, the show offers a humorous and suitably excellent depiction of growing up in a large family with one boy and ten girls. So it's no surprise that I was ecstatic to see the show get a film adaptation, but not in a way that you think regarding the other films based on Nickelodeon shows. Back then, the film was initially set for a 2020 theatrical release from Paramount Pictures but was removed from the schedule for some reason. Sometime later, it was announced that the film would instead be produced for a Netflix release, which happens to be before Paramount+ became a thing. So if you're wondering why it's not on Paramount+, here you go. Regardless of its release, I was happy to see a good show like The Loud House expand itself with a feature film. With that in mind, let's see if this Netflix film is loud enough to impress its fans and some newcomers as well.
The story follows Lincoln Loud (Bishop), a young boy with a family full of ten sisters. He struggles to get the amount of appreciation he needs compared to his talented sisters. One day, he discovers that his father Lynn Sr. (Stepanek) is part of a family that hails from Scotland. As a result, the Loud family heads down to the country to learn more about his heritage. This leads to them inheriting a castle that belongs to their ancestors and going on an adventure to protect it from a sinister plot. Movies based on Nickelodeon shows usually have stories that are too big and epic to tell in 30 minutes or less, and the results can range from excellent ("Rugrats in Paris" and "The Wild Thornberrys Movie") to mediocre ("Hey Arnold: The Movie" and "Rugrats Go Wild"). It all depends on people's expectations and the executions towards those plots. "The Loud House Movie" is unsurprisingly no exception as the characters go on a vacation that's far from ordinary. The only difference is that it's on Netflix instead of in theaters like the other Nicktoon-based films. So after watching the Loud family's first feature-length adventure, where does it stand in this charming list of Nickelodeon films? Honestly, it's somewhere down the middle. It's not the best film from Nickelodeon, nor was it the worst. It's a harmless yet highly predictable family-friendly adventure that may be better suited as a made-for-television film for the channel. It offered plenty of amusing and charming moments that will make the show's younger fans scream loud with delight. However, regarding its storytelling, there's nothing exceptional about it that will impress some of the general public. As someone who watches The Loud House a lot, I enjoyed what the film delivered: likable characters, okay musical numbers, and fun humor. It's the fact that its high-stakes plot didn't hold a candle to what the Nicktoon films from the 2000s had to offer. As mentioned before, the film's story was very predictable, with many moments that I've seen coming a mile away. There were also a few elements that seemed a bit too far-fetched compared to most of the show's slice-of-life episodes, such as the dragon and the family's ghostly ancestors. I can understand that they added them in to get more out of its "cinematic" adventure, but it does come with the cost of straying far from the show's down-to-earth nature. Then there's the film's antagonist, Morag, voiced by Michelle Gomez, the actress known for playing Missy in Doctor Who. Morag is the castle's caretaker who schemes to drive the Loud family out of Scotland so she can become its ruler. Despite Gomez's suitable performance, Morag didn't make that much of an impression as an antagonist. She only came across as a generic rip-off of a popular Disney villain, most notably Jafar from "Aladdin". Compared to the other Nickelodeon baddies like Plankton from SpongeBob and Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, Morag lacked the villainous spark to make herself memorable. Aside from those flaws, the film's story was tolerable enough to provide some inoffensive and humorous fun for families, thanks to its charismatic sense of joy and a heartwarming message about family and what it means to be special. The main cast who reprised their roles from the show was once again stellar in delivering some delightful vocal performances, ranging from Bishop as Lincoln to Stepanek as Lynn Sr. Also in the cast was David Tennant, who played The Doctor in Doctor Who and voiced Scrooge McDuck in the DuckTales reboot. Wow, it looks like someone involved with the film is a massive fan of Doctor Who. He also did pretty well in voicing Angus, the castle groundskeeper and loyal friend to the Louds. The animation maintained the same style as the show itself, but with a few lighting changes and extra camera movements to capture its "cinematic" appeal. It looked nice and colorful, but like its story, there's nothing else in its style that's exceptionally riveting. It's as simplistic and vibrant as the show itself. No more, no less.
Overall, "The Loud House Movie" is as loud and proud as one would expect from a film based on one of Nickelodeon's recent shows. It serves as another acceptable choice for families and casual viewers regarding its main characters, vocal performances, humor, and decent animation. However, the film's predictable story, weak villain, and far-fetched elements kept it from reaching the same high standards as the show's earlier seasons. It's not as horrible as the negative reviews online made it out to be, but it does fall short of what the other film adaptations of Nicktoon shows (except "The Last Airbender") delivered. Yes, that includes the recently released "PAW Patrol" movie. Nevertheless, it's worth a watch if you enjoy The Loud House or if you're into something fun and harmless. Just don't expect it to be a high-quality masterpiece, and you should be fine.