It’s been quite a few years since I’ve seen a Cheech & Chong movie, so when I heard that they were going to be releasing an animated flick I was pretty excited. I remember the first time I saw “Up In Smoke” in high school, it’s one of those movies that you can’t stop quoting no matter how hard you tried. So needless to say I had pretty high expectations for this animated flick since it’s been years since Cheech & Chong have made a movie together…. Maybe I shouldn’t have had such high expectations…
The movie is basically just a bunch of short sketches that are kind of pulled together by this weird crab named Buster who is in search of Cheech & Chong in order to suck on their blood and get high. There really is no overall narrative here which was pretty disappointing. Even the sketches themselves were pretty much just pulled straight from other Cheech and Chong flicks or stand up routines, there really wasn’t anything too original. The animation isn’t too fancy, but that didn’t bother me at all. I don’t mind that “flash” style of animation that we saw in the boom of internet cartoons or things of that nature, as long as the storyline and the jokes are funny… these weren’t that great. So while I would love to see a new Cheech & Chong adventure, this isn’t really what I was thinking. I would rather go watch “Up In Smoke” again for the 420th time than watch this animated flick again, hell I’d even rather go watch Cheech’s “Born in East LA”, which was a great flick back in the day. I haven’t seen it in years, but it came up in conversation the other day and made me think about it.
The video and audio quality of the movie are on par with other animated flicks. I honestly don’t think this type of animation needs the blu-ray treatment, but it definitely looks and sounds good. As I said before, the animation itself is a bit on the crude side, but that doesn’t take away from the picture quality at all so I won’t dock it there. The 5.1 audio allows the dialogue to be heard very cleanly and this isn’t a big budget action flick so I can’t complain about that.
The special features on the disc are quick and easy to watch… except for the “420 mode” which just plays the movie 3 times in a row. I guess if you’re really stoned you’d want to watch this over and over again? I would probably just fall asleep half way through the 1st watch and be done with it, so I’m not really sure what the purpose of this mode is. Three different commentary tracks on the disc that include Cheech & Chong, Chong’s son and Brandon and Eric Chambers. “Medical Marijuana Blues” Session with Blind Melon Chitlin’ shows us Chong in the recording studio and then the Cheech and Chong Slideshow is just that, a slide show of clips of the movie and old Cheech & Chong photos, which is kind of cool to see.
Overall this disc probably isn’t going to blow your mind. I honestly think you’re better off just watching some of the older Cheech & Chong flicks and calling it a day.