Sharing only the smidgen of a resemblance to the legendary storyline of Shakespeare’s tragedy, this animated children’s movie is an abomination by any standard. Packed with updated versions of Elton John songs (example: “Crocodile Rock” duet by John and Lady Gaga), this is one long series of music videos gone wrong. The script at hand is more hack job than adaptation. No shred of lyrical romanticism remains. Even the clichés are ragged.

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Revealing A Life Shrouded in Secrecy

By M. Scott Krause

Kenneth Slawenski’s J.D. Salinger: A Life (Random House, $27) is a reverent and carefully researched biography of the celebrated author of The Catcher in the Rye, but after 400 pages I’m not sure I know much more about J.D. Salinger than when I started. If there’s anyone to blame for the book’s shortcomings, it’s Salinger himself, who spent close to 60 years of his life avoiding the spotlight.