New compared to the original AVC lineup, I guess! But yeah, I was pretty psyched when I realized I managed to stick around for five years!
Disney has done in-jokes about themselves for like 25 years at this point. And a lot of these filmmakers worked on those other movies! It just doesn’t seem that weird or crass to me. Some of the same people worked on WIR and Frozen! There’s a Frozen joke in Zootopia! That article you cite is about filmmakers wanting…
I mean, that’s sort of the problem with trying to parse what decisions are creative and which are supposedly corporate-mandated (especially without watching the movie, but really, even if you do watch the movie!). I tend to think that no one was specifically coming down to Wreck-It Ralph 2 and saying, look, you guys,…
Handily copy-pasted from my own follow-up post:
The one that ends with “fuck you”? Yeah, required reading.
I understand that worry but at the same time, I feel like it maybe is based on not seeing The Emoji Movie, which is the correct decision, but that movie is SO fucking bad, it’s hard for me to imagine Disney doing something that’s anywhere near as terrible (in animation, anyway). Honestly, it’s hard for me to imagine…
A lot of Disney stuff got follow-ups on TV or direct-to-video or what have you (I know our own Caroline Siede will stump for the Little Mermaid prequel series! Wasn’t there also an Aladdin show at some point?), but none of that stuff is produced by the actual animation house that makes the theatrical movies.
How dare you impugn my mustache-growing and pun-making abilities?!?! Although: I do appreciate being thought of as young! Would that I published here in my twenties ::wistful sigh::
I took away from your post a bizarre assumption about how these movies are made, what constitutes pandering, and a weirdly selective idea about (as another commenter mentions above), one movie packed with videogame references is clearly a work of singular originality, while another with other cultural references is…
Yeah, that’s probably a good assumption to make. After all, this movie shamelessly panders to, let’s see... children, by being brightly colored and featuring beloved characters... and adults, by being funny and having themes. Ugh! Give me a movie that’s for one or the other, and quit meddling with everything, Disney!…
I understand that it’s not a “jab” at my review. I also understand that—unless I’ve misunderstood here—you haven’t seen the movie, so it seems strange to characterize it a certain way (and tell someone who has seen it and disagrees that it’s pointless to “defend”). I don’t watch trailer-reaction videos and I’m not…
I mean, all of these Disney movies are group-written, save maybe the Brad Bird ones. Lee is great, but it’s not like Wreck-It Ralph was a screenplay she worked on at her desk by herself for months on end.
It’s confusing, because Paddington is a good movie, and so much better than its trailer, and Paddington 2 is also a good movie, and also nowhere near as great as a lot of people said.
I mean, yeah, far be it from me to claim any expertise in the field of “watching and reviewing this movie” as the person who watched it and reviewed it, when there’s a guy who saw part of a trailer one time ready with his TAKES.
That bit is actually not in the movie, but yeah, in the trailer they basically said, “yeah but ‘breaks the internet’ is a thing.”
What an exacting and insightful takedown of a movie you maybe haven’t seen!
Trailers for animated/family movies are rarely much good. Paddington looked bad in the trailer. A lot of early Pixar trailers weren’t much good beyond the shorter teasers that had no material from the actual movie. I don’t think trailers are all that reliable in general, but with this stuff they seem particularly so.
“Breaking the internet” has expanded far beyond “reference to this one thing Kanye said one time.” But, on the other hand, yes, clever titling is a hallmark of all the best Disney cartoons.
I imagine kids would probably like it, but I’m a huge BLOOM COUNTY fan and I saw regretfully little Breathed in this. With you on those Peanuts and Captain Underpants movies, though. Those did a nice job of feeling self-contained and distinctive.
I would recommend not enrolling in any of those schools.