DVD REVIEW: DADDY, I'M A ZOMBIE 2: DIXIE SAVES THE DAY / CERT: U / DIRECTORS: BEÑAT BEITIA, RICARDO RAMÓN / SCREENPLAY: DANIEL TORRES / STARRING: KIMBERELY WHARTON, MJ LALLO / RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 6TH
Following the tepid Spanish kids flick, Daddy, I’m a Zombie writer Daniel Torres’ follow-up continues in the same vein. The plot picks up where the 2011 film left off, with 13-year-old alt girl Dixie Grim getting back to normal following her stint as walking corpse.
Like a joke that goes on too long, Daddy I’m a Zombie 2: Dixie Saves the Day (AKA Mummy, I’m a Zombie) draws out an uninspired story, with Dixie and her zombie chums Isis and Gonner having to reinvigorate the Azoth (a mystical jewel) in order to stop the evil witch Nebulosa... again.
Visually, it’s As Told by Ginger in the style of Tim Burton, with an array of bizarre body shapes and cod-Gothic pretentions. The animation is cheap, and curiously, each character sports a shiny face.
It’s loaded with gags typical of kids’ films, from fart jokes to slapstick, though unlike Dreamworks or Pixar, there isn’t enough sly winks for adult viewers. Given its living dead fascination, a few nods to George A. Romero wouldn’t have gone amiss.Filled with stereotypes (cat lady, spotty math nerd, bitchy popular girls) the film doesn’t offer viewers an awful lot, the moral of the story being integrity over popularity. If you want something with a bit more brains, revisit Corpse Bride.