Norm of the North
|Norm of the North|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Trevor Wall|
|Music by||Stephen McKeon|
|Edited by||Richard Finn|
|Box office||$27.4 million|
Norm of the North is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film directed by Trevor Wall and written by Daniel R. Altiere, Steven M. Altiere, and Malcolm T. Goldman. It features the voices of Rob Schneider as the title character, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Colm Meaney, Loretta Devine, Gabriel Iglesias, Michael McElhatton, and Bill Nighy. The UK version features James Corden. It was co-produced by Assemblage Entertainment, Splash Entertainment and Telegael, and distributed by Lionsgate. The film tells the story about a polar bear named Norm who needs to save his home from Mr. Greene, a rich man who has a plan to build houses in the Arctic. To rescue his home, Norm has brought his friends, the three lemmings and Olympia Brighty, to hatch a scheme to prevent Mr. Greene from doing his plans.
The film was released on January 15, 2016, and grossed $27.4 million on an $18 million budget.
Norm, the Polar Bear (Rob Schneider) is the son of the King Of The Arctic. In his youth, he develops the ability to speak to humans, a trait shared by his Grandfather (Colm Meaney). Because of this, he is made an outcast from the other animals, only being accepted by Socrates (Bill Nighy) a wise bird and Elizabeth (Kate Higgins), a female polar bear whom Norm has fallen in love with.
Years later, Norm's grandfather has disappeared and human tourists are filling the Arctic. Socrates shows Norm and three Arctic Lemmings a luxury condo that has been installed on the ice. Inside this condo is Vera (Heather Graham) a representative for wealthy developer Mr. Greene (Ken Jeong). After Norm saves Vera from the avalanche, Mr Greene tells her to find an actor to play a Polar Bear for their campaign. Socrates convinces Norm and the three lemmings to stow away on a ship to New York City.
In the city, Norm, pretending to be an actor dressed as a bear, auditions for Mr Greene's commercial and is taken to dinner by Vera. Mr Greene, who realizes that Norm is a polar bear, suspects that Norm has come to free his grandfather, who Greene had captured. During a public incident involving Mr Greene trying to shoot Norm in the restaurant, Norm subdues Greene, gaining the attention of the media and heightening Greene's approval ratings. Greene decides to hire Norm as his mascot.
Before going on a television show, Norm meets Vera's daughter Olympia (Maya Kay), who tells Norm to raise Greene's approval ratings and then speak out against him to save the Arctic. Norm's popularity heightens the approval ratings, but Greene sabotages Norm's plan by playing recorded dialogue stating that Norm supports Greene's developments.
Defeated, Norm is comforted by Vera and Olympia, who reveals that Greene is developing more homes to install in the Arctic. Norm and the lemmings discover that Mr Greene is bribing a high-ranking member of the Polar Council, and exposes this to Pablo, one of Greene's investor. Vera resigns her position and is hired by Pablo, while Norm and the Lemmings chase the truck holding the houses.
Greene sends another truck carrying Norm's grandfather, and Norm is captured as well. After being freed by the lemmings, Norm and his grandfather catch up to the boat carrying the houses to the Arctic, and are able to detach the houses. However, Norm is separated from his grandfather and the lemmings and is knocked unconscious.
Norm awakens in the Arctic and reunited with the lemmings and the other animals, who reveal that his grandfather was not found. Because of his heroism, Norm is crowned the King of the Arctic, before his grandfather arrives at the ceremony. Meanwhile, Mr Greene is humiliated after his plan is exposed, and Vera and Olypmia are happy with Pablo as their new boss. Norm and Elizabeth have three cubs and the film ends with them and the lemmings watching the stars.
- Rob Schneider as Norm
- Heather Graham as Vera Brightly
- Maya Kay as Olympia Brightly
- Ken Jeong as Mr. Greene
- Colm Meaney as Grandfather
- Loretta Devine as Tamecia
- Gabriel Iglesias as Pablo and Stan
- Michael McElhatton (James Corden in the UK) as Laurence
- Bill Nighy as Socrates
- Salome Jens as Councilwoman Klubeck
- Charlie Adler as Forebear
- G.K. Bowes as Female Tourist
- Debi Derryberry as Daughter
- Ben Diskin as Chef Kozawa
- Keith Ferguson as Human Tourist
- Dan Gordon as Nigel, Henchman #1, PA
- Jess Harnell as Male Tourist
- Kate Higgins as Elizabeth, Norm's love interest.
- Mikey Kelley as Henchman #2
- Rove McManus as Junior Investor
- Emily Polydoros as Bratty Girl
- Eric Price as Caribou #1, Caribou 2
- Nick Shakoour as Costumed Bear
- Max Spitz as Teen Bear #1
- Janet Varney as Janet
- Rick D. Wasserman as Henchman #3
The film was released on January 15, 2016, alongside 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Ride Along 2. It grossed $9.4 million from 2,411 theaters over its opening four-day Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, finishing 6th at the box office.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 8%, based on 61 reviews, with an average rating of 3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A pioneering feat in the field of twerking polar bear animation but blearily retrograde in every other respect, Norm of the North should only be screened in case of parental emergency." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 21 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "B–" on an A+ to F scale.
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