*This review is a WORK IN PROGRESS.
Here's a first for me; If You haven't read the title already, I'm sinking my deeply-critical teeth into a property larger than any other I have reviewed thus far, because Amazon Jack marks the final appearance of Jungledyret Hugo - a Danish cartoon character with a decent reputation within his home country, but virtually invisible everywhere else.
From what I could gather, Hugo was created by cartoonist Flemming Quist Møller. Leading up to this film, the character had already starred in a pair of traditionally-animated films distributed by Nordisk Film, as well as a 13-episode series that ran from 2002-03 on Danish public TV. Together, these properties established Hugo as the only known member of Hugus Primiticus, a bipedal, koala-like primate native to Junglandia, a military dictatorship led by Maximillion Maximus - who aspires to capture Hugo due to his status as the country's national animal; Because he is widely sought for his rarity, Hugo often finds himself evading Capture by both the Junglandian government and film mogul Conrad Cupmann. Throughout the series, he is also aided by his close friend Rita, a red fox kit.
Amazon Jack picks up from the end of the TV series, with Hugo, Rita and their surrogate guardian Meatball Charlie having settled down in rural Denmark; However, being a jungle animal, Hugo has become disillusioned by his new lifestyle and dreams of returning to his natural habitat. Meanwhile, a pair of scientists have been tracking Hugo since his last escape; One allies with Maximus to bring Hugo to Junglandia for scientific study, while the other, Professor Strict, aspires to clone him and profit off the sale of his copies. A third antagonist, television host Prima Donna, wants to use Hugo as the mascot for her new perfume. These conflicting aspirations - especially those of Strict - begin
Hugo is captured by Maximus and taken to Junglandia, where he is reunited with his old friends Zik and Zak, a monkey duo. Meanwhile, Strict convinces Rita and Meatball Charlie to accompany him, in order to work with Maximus
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