How can I be expected to get out of bed when it’s so cold and dark and my bed is super f-if comfy. I have extra vacation days and I’m seriously thinking of taking a Monday off just to sleep in and stuff
Anonymous asked: Why don't you like Tangled?
Well…I think the animation in Tangled was really jarring for me and frankly I just didn’t like the way it was done. Forgive me these thoughts are probably jumbled.
- I didn’t like the songs.
- It seemed like the animators just pulled inspiration from a dozen different cultures in the most generic ways. Soldiers with Spartan head gear, Vikings, Paper Lanterns from India, sun imagery that looked to be spanish in nature. The clothing wasn’t consistent.
- The location/scenery/background was definitely a mish mash of too many things.
- Rapunzel was confusing. If she’s stayed in a tower for so long (and there’s a song to document literally everything she does) how does she have such an understanding of life outside the tower? I understand it’s a children’s movie but her “fear of the outside world” plot line seemed to just disappear when it became inconviniant.
- It was an extremely predictable movie. Frozen, at least, pulled some cliche blasting twists.
- And..Eugene, I can’t get over that name. And the something (cuddly, I think?) Duckling? The Bar place…It seems like first draft stuff, not very creative, not very inspired.
It’s easy to keep kids entertained. There’s not all that much animators/writers/directors have to do, but Disney movies have never really been lazy like some other studios have been (Free Birds, I’m looking at you). They are the ones that set the standard. And the thing about Tangled was that the animation seemed cheap, the designs that went into it seemed cheap and the story seemed cheap. Tangled was just all over the place to me. It didn’t look as though the same thought and attention to detail went into it. I loved the Princess and The Frog and I just expected more from Disney, I guess.
Did I like anything about Tangled? I thought Maximus was pretty hilarious. And that’s pretty much it.
I will be posting the 2nd to last chapter tomorrow!!!!
So I saw Frozen and I have some thoughts.
- I still dislike the animation style. The eyes of the female characters are even larger than the dreaded anime eye and at times it looks extremely cheap and uninspired. (Looking at the backgrounds and that bloody snowman in particular)
- That being said, the costume work and hair was extremely well done. It was the only part that looked good. If only they could have continued that level of detail and mastery through out the film.
- The songs were…so mediocre I think. Mostly this has to do with the instrumental. It sounded more like a demo reel of songs waiting to be fleshed out. The only one that was any good was Let It Go and I think that had to do more with the great Idina than anything else.
- The opening song was beautiful. But frankly, it seemed to me to be a pretty obvious attempt to invoke the magic of The Lion King opening. It didn’t match with any other song or number, except when it’s tacked on to the end, which made it feel very out of place. It seemed like they were trying to bring in the culture of the place, but they don’t try anywhere else, everything looks very generic. They should have committed to it more.
- The Summer song and the Troll song in particular were just awful.
- That brings me to the comedy. I couldn’t stand the snowman. Josh Gad’s voice acting was awful and more annoying than funny sounding. The whole Kristoff talking to Sven was too weird too. I think I just expect more from Disney. When they are on their game the comedy is appealing to both parents and children. It wasn’t. And the kids sitting near me didn’t laugh a lot either. The older “villain” character and the dance thing was so awful. They tried way to hard with the comedy and it didn’t pay off. In fact, I think it mostly got in the way of the story.
- I really loved Kristoff. I liked that for once, the love interest wasn’t trying to be charming or devilish or dashing. He just seemed very normal and endearing and sweet and it worked very, very well.
- The twist at the end was a nice touch but a little predictable.
- I;m confused about Kristoff, though. Did he have parents? I thought he was just one of the ice guy’s sons, but he was taken in by the trolls? Wasn’t anyone looking for him? It was weird. Also wouldn’t the elder troll recognize Anna and know what was up all the time? Why was he asking all these questions? Did another king and queen come to him for help with another red headed girl with a white stripe in her hair? I don’t think so.
- Is there really no one else to take over the Kingdom? Just because Anna says, this one guy she just met is in charge it’s okay? How small is this Kingdom? And if it’s so small why is it such a valuable trading post? How much could they possibly manufacture?
Clearly, I’m reading too much into this stuff. All in all, I liked this movie way more than I liked Tangled (I really, really, really don’t care for Tangled at all.) But I’m still so upset about this animation style. With Disney’s near infinite funds, I expect much more from them.
And I’m worried this model is going to become a constant thing for Disney:
- Title: One word verb - Tangled, Frozen
- Quirky Animal Friend - Maximus, Sven, Pascal
- Loud, Excitable female lead - Anna, Rapunzel
- Lazy music/soundtrack
- Even lazier animating
- GIANT EYES
And…I’ve finished writing Steve.
I’m trying to get this chapter done but for some reason I am insanely tired. NOT NOW BRAIN, WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE