Not unless you consider it an adventure to be bullied by the locals population, who happen to be shrimp, and who like to make bets on who can make Passepartout cry first. This may be why Passepartout has anxiety dreams, like being sent off on a grand adventure without his pants.
Philéas arrives with a thumping rap song via his surfboard, which is called “Boardy,” because this movie is definitely not trying to be clever. He picks some pockets, scams some money, and makes the bet with the meanie shrimp guys. There’s another reason for leaving town quickly. The bank has been robbed and local sheriff (Heather Bambrick as Fix) thinks Philéas is the culprit.
Soon, Philéas and Passepartout are on their way. Where to, you might ask? Well, you might think a movie about going around the world in 80 days would have some colorful stops in fascinating real locations, but not really. Our intrepid travelers, when they’re not tiresomely developing respect for each other’s skills, spend much of their time in generic settings: desert, jungle. They save and are saved by a smart, beautiful frog princess (Katie Griffin) who happens to be an aviator. And they run into none other than Juan Frog de Leon (Juan Chioran).
Instead of the wit, charm, and humor the story should inspire, the movie settles for dumb jokes (“Kiss my ax!” yells Passepartout) and dumber insults (“How much does a princess know about science-y stuff?”) Yelling and pratfalls do not disguise the lack of vitality or originality.
Now playing in theaters.