A treat for the kiddie crowd, this zippy, full-length cartoon knock-off of the popular THE MUMMY (1999) and THE MUMMY RETURNS (2001) shifts the focus from the adult protagonists to their pre-teen son. Young Alex O'Connell (voice of Chris Marquette) accompanies his parents, Evie and Rick (Grey Delisle, John Schneider), to an Egyptian dig and soon regrets playing with a bracelet he discovers in the temple vault. Having donned the manacle of Osiris, Alex can't remove it and doesn't appreciate the bracelet's powers. Irked that Evie has received a promotion, her archaeological associate, Colin, steals a copy of the Book of the Dead, follows the O'Connells to Egypt and resurrects Imhotep the Mummy (Jim Cummings). Cranky after his 3000-year hibernation, Imhotep enlists Colin to help him conquer the world. There is a catch: Imhotep needs both the Scrolls of Thebes and Alex's amulet. Fortunately, when Imhotep attacks Alex's family they're rescued by Ardeth Bey (Christopher Guest), who joins their anti-Mummy crusade. But Imhotep has some nasty tricks up his rotting, royal sleeve, including a phalanx of skeletal warriors, a horde of scarabs and a giant sand-worm. Both Alex and Imhotep scramble to collect the pieces of an ancient interlocking puzzle that will reveal the location of the Scrolls of Thebes. Racing against time, Alex and his parents discover that the scrolls are hidden in the Paris catacombs, guarded by a minotaur. The O'Connells must outmaneuver this fearsome sentinel if they want to send Imhotep back to Hades. Although the backgrounds and layout aren't especially distinguished, the film's animation visualizes one lad's derring-do in a serviceable fashion. Filled with the sort of sarcastic one liners kids love, the script is plot-heavy but moves briskly.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: NR
- Review: A treat for the kiddie crowd, this zippy, full-length cartoon knock-off of the popular THE MUMMY (1999) and THE MUMMY RETURNS (2001) shifts the focus from the adult protagonists to their pre-teen son. Young Alex O'Connell (voice of Chris Marquette) accompa… (more)