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animated movie Shrek 2 © Dreamworks / PDI
Shrek 2
Rated it: 4
posted: Sep 15, 2004
Outstanding! Not only was the content morally advisable, not only was the script intended for consumption by viewers of all ages, not only was the movie beautiful and thought-compelling, but it's a sequel and it was actually GOOD. This impresses me quite a lot.

And the slew of various fairy tale references were delightful.

animated movie Shrek © Dreamworks / PDI
Rated it: 4
posted: Sep 15, 2004
This film thrilled me out of my wits. It's one of the only children's films that I've seen recently that does all of the following:

1) Contain quality animation and character design.
2) Appeal to children while still remaining entertaining and watchable to adults on an intellectual level.
3) Actually end with some decent morals.

The lesson promoted by this movie is counter to virtually everything bad about Disney movies. I love it.

animated movie The Little Mermaid © Disney
The Little Mermaid
Rated it: 1
posted: Sep 15, 2004
Disney has destroyed this story.

In the original tale, the little mermaid -does- fall in love with an arbitrary prince and -does- make a deal to transform into a human to pursue this infatuation.

In the original tale, however, she does -not- wind up happily ever after. Walking feels like her feet are being pierced by shards of glass and the prince never pays her notice. She dies alone and miserable... AND her spirit is condemned to roam the earth for some unseemly amount of time (usually 700 years).

Now, I'd like to point out the little mermaid's actions prior to these events. The part of the storyline that Disney does keep in tact is that she betrays her friends, family, and everything she knows for a guy she has seen once and with whom she has never spoken. As a child, I was quite upset with the little mermaid for this I thought the fish were a thousand times niftier than the stock prince. In return for this betrayal, what does she get?

In the original tale, she gets extensive suffering and unhappiness for turning her back on everyone who cares about her. In the Disney tale, she is rewarded for throwing away everything she cares about for an unknown prince. Which moral would you support? Remember to consider use of isolation tactics in domestic violence cases when considering your response.

The Hobbit
Rated it: 3.5
posted: Sep 15, 2004
Another plug in the direction of the review below. Several scenes, such as the giants-eating-party scene, were cut far too short in an effort to save time. Most of the content which does exist in this movie, however, is delightful and quite rewatchable. The painting itself is gorgeous. I treasured this movie as a kid.
animated movie Ghost in the Shell © Production I-G
Ghost in the Shell
Rated it: 4
posted: Sep 15, 2004
I really can't tell where to begin. This isn't a movie one reviews by describing scenes or events, as this would spoil things. It's an excellent movie for those who are fond of cyberpunk philosophy. The symbolism is incredible, too I'm fond of movies in which the symbols themselves are readily presented but not in a way which malforms the plot and in such a manner that the symbolism itself is difficult to discern.
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