Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Is Feature Animation Crashing and Burning Already?

Can it be that the glut of animated features (talked about on here some months ago), has led to a temporary backlash of these films? Boxoffice has not exactly been boffo lately for films such as, The Wild, The Ant Bully, Barnyard, and Open Season. Of course, that could be due to the fact that... NONE OF THESE FILMS ARE ORIGINAL! Enough with the talking animals. (And don't insult our intelligence with MALE cows!!!) We have seen this all before, in much better films. And while I'm at it, enough with a redux of the same stories which simply replace animals with some other novelty (like Robots or Cars, for example). It can truly be said of animated films (to borrow a statement from another field) that the efficiency of the practice has not yet equaled the efficiency of the principle. With the level of technology available today, we need complex scripts which will offer a challenge to produce them as animated features. Once again, enough with the talking animals (especially MALE cows), or cars or robots! Man, I long for the days of Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and The Polar Express!

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