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#1 Aug 31 2011 at 6:14 AM Rating: Good
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I've watched three over the last couple days; Rango, Tangled, Hood-winked.

Rango - I have a bit of a hard time with stories that can be perfectly well told with humans as the characters, but animals are used instead. There was some cuteness and a couple yucks, but of the three I liked this one the least. I still don't know what kind of an animal the leading lady was, but I hope she was a reptile as she hooked up with Johnny Depp the Chameleon. The turtle turned out to be the evil villain.

Tangled was ok. The fact that Rapunzel's hair just happened to have whatever magical ability that was needed at the moment was only a little bit questionable. The relationship between Rapunzel and her hero was kind of endearing and the mother/witch was a good character. Mostly I like that Rapunzel finally got a story. Her fairytale had always seemed a bit weak to me.

Hoodwinked was good. Another modernized fairytale, this particular story gives the background and lead-up to the moment when Little Red Riding Hood opens the door to Grannys cabin and finds her tied up, gagged, a wolf ready to pounce and a woodchopper bursting onto the scene to save them all. Turns out granny is an extreme sports champ. The story builds from there.

I've taken to comparing computer-animated movies to 'Up' as I really liked that movie. None of these three were as good.

Edited in a spoiler tag...Smiley: tongue

Edited, Aug 31st 2011 6:19pm by Elinda
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#2 Aug 31 2011 at 8:39 AM Rating: Good
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I wouldn't recommend comparing non-Pixar animated films to Pixar films :P.
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#3 Aug 31 2011 at 9:40 AM Rating: Good
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Hoodwinked 2 came out recently, though it hasn't been as favorably reviewed. The first movie had incredibly stiff animation, very low quality for a project of that scale. However, it had quite a rare narrative mechanism for a children's movie, and I found that fairly refreshing.

Computer animated movies aren't a very surprising genre. Because of the huge budget involved very few are made, and that means that not only do just the big dogs play, but they're also less willing to experiment. It's so limited a field that I could probably name every major English computer generated theatrical movie made.
#4 Aug 31 2011 at 10:13 PM Rating: Excellent
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How to train your dragon has dragons in it. You should watch that one.
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#5 Aug 31 2011 at 10:46 PM Rating: Excellent
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How to train your dragon has dragons in it. You should watch that one.
In my opinion, this is one of the best animated films of all time.
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#6 Sep 01 2011 at 7:32 AM Rating: Excellent
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I really enjoy Tangled. I'd rate it as one of my favorite Disney movies, actually. A good portion of that is because I really enjoy Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore, though, so I was biased going into it.

I just saw "Despicable Me" two nights ago. Eh. Some of it was cute (the littlest girl being the best part), and it was good fun, but I kept thinking of parts that were just too ridiculous for me to enjoy: How does a mad scientist live in a neighborhood without police showing up? How does his "car" never get tagged or caught by the police? Why would you wash a space suit besides turning it pink for "awwww" effect? Etc. etc...
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#7 Sep 01 2011 at 8:01 AM Rating: Excellent
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I thought How To Train Your Dragon was great. Wasn't expecting it to be but it ranked higher than some of the Pixar offerings (Cars, Ratatouille) in my book.

I had the same same "Eh" reaction to Despicable Me as Locke. Not the same hang-ups as he listed but the whole thing just failed to impress me as much as the hype had implied. It was maybe a B-

Never seen Hookwinked but I have a hard time being impressed with the "fractured fairytale" genre. "Oh ho! Actually Rumplestiltskin was always the hero! Turned it right on its head! And Babe the Blue Ox is actually a squirrel! Zany!!"
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