THE UNBEATABLES; UNDERDOGS
The idea of a toy football team come to life is an odd one for a film its odder in North America where soccer and resultingly table football doesnt have as strong a tradition as it does in Europe and South America. Surprisingly, this is not the first film about table football teams come to life there had previously been the German live-action comedy A Pass from the Back (2004).
Metegol is average, nothing standout. The animation is not the high-end quality material we are used to seeing in mainstream theatrical releases but passable enough. The film runs to 106 minutes, which makes it longer than the average animated film, which rarely exceeds the 90-minute mark (although ten of these were cut by the time of the UK release and a whole twenty in the US). Some of this runtime is undeniably padded there is a lot of silly, slapstick running around a fairground after the toys first come to life that the film didnt need.
The plot is the formulaic one that seems to drive almost every sports movie the underdog pitted against the flashy, self-important jerk with whom he has a longstanding rivalry; the girl caught in the middle; the big all-important showdown in a sports competition where the hero must compete with a team of unskilled losers and has rings run around him until he receives fantastical aid. Everything plays out predictably.