Posts Tagged ‘Animated’

Review – Megamind (2010)

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Blah blah blah blah? Blah blah blah. Blah.

Synopsis:
From babyhood, MegaMind and MetroMan have been adversaries. When MegaMind finally manages to defeat MetroMan, he finds his life is empty and has to rethink his choices.

Pluses:
Hearing Brad Pitt to superhero was fun!
Invisible car (and losing it).
The watch.
Oh noes! Copper.

Minuses:
I don’t think I laughed once.
Didn’t like the animation style – MegaMind just lacked detail.
Storyline promised a lot more than it gave.
Clichéd.

Why do animated movies these days seem to need to finish with a song and dance? How To Train Your Dragon didn’t, but that is the only one recently that hasn’t (that I have seen that is). I quite wanted to like this, and had hopes that it would be better than Despicable Me, and it was – just.

#twobluebigheadedpandas

Review – The Fantastic Mr Fox

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Just cause I am using a sock as a bandit mask doesn't stop me from being cussing bad arse!

Synopsis:
Mr Fox gives up his chicken rustling ways upon becoming a father. Having a mid-life crisis, he decides to do one last job (in three parts). Things don’t necessarily go as planned – in life, in fatherhood or in rustling!

Pluses:
Such an original stop motion animation style.
Could you get a more high profile and talented cast? I don’t think so.
Lovely little running gags.
The minor story lines are just gloriously presented.
Learning to love your true nature.
Teenage male foxes are pains just like human teenage boys.
The crazy stunts.
It isn’t Pixar.
Paws raised.

Minuses:
This was based on Ronald Dahl’s novel the same way that Vanity Fair was based on the Napoleonic Wars.

This was a cussing good film. So original in its approach, but in a retro kind of way. I must admit it was much clearer on DVD than when I saw it projected onto a tarp on the side of a building.

#fourstopmotionpandas

Review – Community – Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

The Great Christmas Wizard here to get a paper published, I mean help Abed.

This week:
Abed sees the world in stop motion animation and even sings and dances. Christmas songs. Real HumBugs. A world where the atmosphere is 7% cinnamon.  Home truths. Friends coming together.

Pluses:
John Oliver guesting again.
The representations of each of the characters and their meanings.
The meaning of Christmas!
Sad, Sad Christmas Song.
Christmas Wizard.
“Troy and Abed in Stop Motion!”
Pearce’s squeaking whenever he took a step.

Minuses:
It was enjoyable but 20 mins of stop motion was plenty.
No StarBurns.

Overall, it was everything you want a Christmas episode to be. Everyone learnt something, realised the importance of something and used a pterodactyl to get rid of what you don’t want.

And may I just say I rule for getting the spelling of pterodactyl right on my first try without even having to look it up!

#fourpandas

Review – Despicable Me

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Excuse me while I check my stereotyping in this handy animated dictionary of stereotypes

I used to love animated movies. Just love them.

These days they don’t make me laugh or cry anymore. Either I have become a heartless unfeeling panda, or they just aren’t as good as they used to be. I remember in The Lion King, my then 5 year old god daughter leaned over and gave me a hug as I was crying as Mustafa died with the words, “It’s ok Auntie T, it’s just a movie.”

Despicable Me didn’t get one laugh, not one tear, just a lot of checking the running time to see if it was almost done.

Pluses:
Interesting representation of the main characters.
The cookie robots.
Had no idea that Dr Nefario was Russell Brand.
The minions for the first 30 mins.

Minuses:
Too many extremes in style.
Kids way too cutesy.
Lack of empathy of the protagonists.
The minions for the rest of the film.

Even the incidental music didn’t touch me. Maybe I am a heartless panda after all, but Despicable Me was totally Meh. Wait till it comes to TV then DVR it.

Oh I just remembered I laughed and cried in How to Train Your Dragon! So it isn’t me – PHEW

#twopandas

Review – Shrek Forever After

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Bloated and unfunny - the cat or the movie or both?

The movie that should never have been made.

Shrek, feeling the strains of fatherhood wants his own life back and gets conned by Rumpelstiltskin. He then spends the rest of the movie trying to get his old life back. When he does, he realises how blessed he was all along.

Excuse me while I am noisily sick into this conveniently located barf bag.

Pluses:
Donkey was still amusing.

Minuses:
Fiona is happier not empowered.
The quality of the animation.
The script.
The story.
Oh god, everything else.

I must admit I only kept watching for Donkey. He is my favourite character from the franchise after all. After the dismal showing of Shrek 4 I decided to dig out Shrek on my iTunes drive and watch it again. The first thing that struck me was the attention to detail and the crispness of the animation – something that was surely lacking in this forth instalment. I guess all the cash was spent on getting the stars to sign back on to such a woeful script. Actually it was beyond woeful. All the charm of the original was gone – not that I was that surprised considering how bad the third one was.

#oneandahalfpandas

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