... is what we need to go on. Especially when somebody gets paid actual money for writing something like this:
... It may have taken 15 years and 11 Pixar features, but we’ve finally reached the point where adult moviegoers appreciate animated features — particularly those from Pixar — just as much as their live-action counterparts. Gone are the days when one would have been ridiculed for attending an animated movie without a child in tow. ...
Earth to John Young. Allow us to point out a few things about animation.
1) The highest grossing film of all time in the year and a half after its release (and currently #10 per Box Office Mojo*) was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. ($8 million circa 1938.) This couldn't have happened if it was just taking in child admissions.
2) The Lion King was among the highest grossing features in the year of its release. Think only the kiddies were gawking at it?
3) The Ice Age franchise has made Fox a fervent believer in animation, the last one having grossed over $886 million around the world.
You don't get these kinds of numbers slotting your films into toddlers' matinees. Yet despite all the evidence, professional pundits continue to headline dim-bulb stories with:
'Toy Story 3': Have adult moviegoers finally embranced animation?
(And yes, I'm having a churlish kind of weekend ...)
* "Snow" has probably slipped a notch in the overall standings since "Avatar" came and went ...