Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Animation Reviews

Ordinarily there's little point in regurgitating movie reviews, but since the Reporter featured two animated movies today, we'll change the usual drill ....

Regarding Hop:

... There is a Hellzapoppin’, anything-goes sensibility at work here where gags, personalities and cultural references fly every which way but the discipline behind the animation merged with live action is top-notch. ...

Add On: Forbes wonders how the bunny will do:

... [W]ill Hop be able to live up to Despicable Me’s high standard? Exhibitor Relations expects the movie will top the box office this weekend but with only $27 million, $29 million less than Despicable Me earned. Hop isn’t get much critical love either. So far the film earns a 24 out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes. Despicable Me earned an 81. ...

And then there's the Winnie named Pooh:

... A seamless narrative rather than a collection of segments in the manner of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1977, this gentle, lovingly wrought, for-tots-and-parents-only resuscitation of A.A. Milne's characters may have unintentionally set a Hollywood record of sorts: It's 69 minutes long, including 10 devoted to the credits, meaning that 14.5 per cent of the running time details who worked on the film ...

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've seen Pooh. It's cute. Its perfect for youngins and parents. But it aint no Tangled, and wont make that kind of money. But, it didnt set out to be, and had a modest budget, so Im sure it'll be fine.

Completely different crew too, for what it's worth.

Michael said...

Is that some kind of a record for an early review? For pete's sake, Pooh doesn't come out until July!

Anonymous said...

Pooh comes out in two weeks in the UK. Might be the first time a Disney animated feature opened abroad so far in advance. Three months?

Julian Carter said...

Am I the only one who gets really annoyed by countless reviewers who seem to judge the quality of an animated feature by the number of times they predict parents will look at their watches?

As far as I'm concerned, animation is, by its very own visual nature, inherently more interesting than live-action. So there. I don't look at watches, not even during a CRAPPY animated feature, because the very fact that said crappy film is animated requires my full attention.

After the film ends, I will then say: "That wasn't a good film." After. And no watch and mobile phone-peeking.

Anonymous said...

69 minutes, minus 10 minutes of credits, equals 59 minutes of feature. Is this the shortest Disney feature ever? DUMBO was 64 minutes. Not sure if there are 5 minutes of credits on DUMBO.

Anonymous said...

The new pooh is, frankly, dull. Too long by 25 minutes, with witless music and lyrics. The art direction is nice, as is some of the animation (save tigger, which is all over the map). But no one cares when the storytelling is so leaden.

Floyd Norman said...

I eagerly await the arrival of the Silly Old Bear.

Anonymous said...

To 12:55:00 AM, I believe Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros were released in Latin America before getting released in North America.

Those are the only other times I can recall they've done this.

Anonymous said...

Ummm anyone else hear about this?

http://blueskydisney.blogspot.com/

Kinda big news dontcha think?

mark pudleiner said...

Damn... i had no Idea that was coming.
Big News Indeed ! Yikes .

Steve Hulett said...

Uh, it's a goof, amigos.

Read the whole thing.

Bill P. said...

Earth to Steve Hulett-

No shit, amigo.

Anonymous said...

Another - more thorough - review of the new "Winnie the Pooh" movie and the "Ballad of Nessie" short:

http://disneyandmore.blogspot.com/2011/03/winnie-pooh-review.html

Reluctant Dragon said...

"It's 69 minutes long, including 10 devoted to the credits, meaning that 14.5 per cent of the running time details who worked on the film ..."

Wow, really ? So the actual movie is under one hour ? Sounds like maybe they were planning to release this as a direct-to-video and changed their mind ... It certainly looks and feels like a direct-to-video from what I've seen so far.

I wonder if people are going to feel ripped-off for paying full feature movie ticket price for a one-hour "cheater" ?

At least they've added that Nessie short to give a little more bang-for-the-buck in terms of running time.

Anonymous said...

The under 72 minute running time will also means there won't be an Oscar nomination in its future....

Anonymous said...

Actually, the Academy recently changed the rules to allow animated features over 40 minutes to compete.

Anonymous said...

This 40 minute rule also allows for live action/character animation films to qualify for Best Animated Feature - so if HOP has 40 minutes of EB on screen it would eligible for a lil gold man...

Against Anonymous said...

Why you people are not talking about the horrible reviews that HOP is getting?

Well, after all, what can anyone expect from someone who directed such a crap like Alvin and the Chipmunks 2?

Anonymous said...

Well, that piece of 'crap' looks like it's going to be two for two for Illumination and be another big hit. 38 mill stimated for the weekend

Anonymous said...

38 million is nothing compared to the huge 56 million it made Despicable Me on its opening weekend.

Anonymous said...

Hop is a hit on it's own terms. You can make any film like like a relative failure by selectively comparing it to a Lion King or a Shrek 2 or a Toy Story 3.

And for what it's worth, I saw the film and enjoyed it. It's sweet and well animated.

Anonymous said...

The new Pooh film is cute. Definitely a "mild" effort. The Ballad of Nessie was a complete waste of time all around. Pointless, humorless, and completely unoriginal.

Anonymous said...

The new Pooh film is cute. Definitely a "mild" effort. The Ballad of Nessie was a complete waste of time all around. Pointless, humorless, and completely unoriginal.

I'm sorry. John Lasseter doesn't do movies like that.

Anonymous said...

John Lasseter did these 2 films as much as he did Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Wall-e, Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc., and Up.

Anonymous said...

Movies like what?

You guys realize that JL had squat, nada, zero to do with anything in Nessie? That it was started years ago?

Anonymous said...

I think Anon 4:14 is being sarcastic. With the exception of Toy Story.

Anonymous said...

Maybe that's why nessie is so awful.

Anonymous said...

HOP is awful.

Anonymous said...

Bitter, anonymous commenters with nothing to add to a discussion are awful. Seriously, why do you fools bother? Everyone immediately ignores what you write. Are your lives really so pathetic that this is all you can do to define yourselves?

Anonymous said...

Anon @8:30, I always figure the worst of the worst don't work in our business and likely never will. You can just tell. There's usually no hint of savvy or more often reality in their thinking.

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