Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Top Holiday Feature?

The new DreamWorks Animation feature gets its New York unveiling.

On Monday night in New York, DreamWorks Animation held the first metropolitan-area screening of Rise of the Guardians, its highly anticipated awards hopeful ...

My initial impression: Based on the quality of this film and the relative weakness of the rest of this year's animated feature field, it is probably the film to beat at both the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. ...

Me, I've watched trailers and snippets on animators' computer screens for a couple of years now, and I think the feature has a different look and vibe than other DWA movies. As How To Train Your Dragon was a breakaway production, so is Guardians.

Still in all, I think that, box-office wise, Wreck It Ralph will give Rise of the Guardians a spirited run for its money. There are boatloads of gamers (my younger son being one of them) who are itching to see Ralph.

5 comments:

Kenneth Elliott said...

There lies the problem with Ralph. I am not, what you may call, a "gamer." And I'm sure there are many people like me. Ralph may appeal to a limited audience unless Disney is smart to concentrate on the universal themes and characters, and limit cameos from Pac Man, Sonic, and all the other non-Disney properties.

Anonymous said...

The only positive reports anywhere on the internet about Rise of the Guardians is from The Hollywood Reporter. Heck, they even gave it an award before the film was even finished.

Methinks Jeff K has a hand in this.

Justin said...

My wife is not a gamer and she LOVED Wreck-It Ralph. It really does stick to universal themes and limits the video game references to cameos and subtle inside jokes.

F. Kousac said...

Saw guardians last week at a film festival. I have to say, it's just not very appealing. It's loud, bombastic, and very confusing. And visually, one of the uglier DW cartoons. There was tepid applause when it ended (although to be fair, the audience was mostly adults and teens--it may play better to the small children it was made for). I'd had hopes after Dean Dublois' nice HTTYD, but it was about on par with Over the Hedge in terms of entertainment and drama.

Diablo said...

I have a question, which might be off topic. What constitutes an adult animated feature? Would it be solely based on the rating (an R rating vs PG) or would it be based on content (violence, language or sexual content). Should "Princess Mononoke" be considered an adult film, for example?

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