Osmosis Jones is a 2001 American live-action/animated action comedy adventure film with animated scenes directed by Tom Sito and Piet Kroon with live-action scenes directed by the Farrelly Brothers.
A hot-shot policeman white blood cell, with the help of a by-the-books cold pill, must stop a deadly virus from destroying the human they live in, Frank.
Why It Rocks
- This, along with another Warner Bros. production The Iron Giant, is a beautifully animated feature film with refreshingly smooth and visually stunning cel-animation with expressive movements and fast-paced action sequences.
- The way the inside of the body is essentially a city; the white blood cells are the police, fireman, etc., the lymph nodes were the police stations, veins were highways, the stomach was a bus station/airport type place, and the germs and bacteria were, of course, the criminals, and so on.
- A star-studded voice cast provided by Chris Rock, Brandy Norwood, Laurence Fishburne, David Hyde Pierce and William Shatner.
- Thrax, voiced by Laurence Fishburne, is one of the slickest animated antagonists in a kids' film; He is cunning, witty, ruthless to the point of committing on-screen acts of murder, managing to surpass the 'hero' multiple times, and is well-design/voiced/and animated.
- The film expertly blends live-action and animation in a unique fashion, especially for the final act.
- Marc Hyman wrote a fun, imaginative and adventurous script for the movie.
- Bobby and Peter Farrelly did a fine job directing the film, making you suspend reality and imagining your body working like it is depicted in the film.
- The film uses and mentions a lot of real-world biological/hygienic terms as characters, backgrounds, and gags, resulting in the film being somewhat educational and thus being used in school.
- Just like The Iron Giant, the film was a major box-office bomb due to Warner Bros.'s poor marketing and promotion.
- Like in many other Farrelly Brothers' movies, it features a lot of gross-out humor and innuendos that exceeds far beyond it's PG rating.
- Bill Murray's performance can get pretty lethargic at times, sometimes being unlikable.
- The music doesn't really match with some scenes.
- Despite an imaginative concept and premise, the film uses a lot of buddy cop movie cliches.
- Both Ebert and Siskel dispsed the film by giving it two thumbs down.