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animated movie The Little Mermaid © Disney
The Little Mermaid
Rated it: 3
posted: Jan 01, 2009
I've been debating with myself whether to give this movie 3 or 3.5 stars, but I think I'll give it a 3. It's a good film, I will admit that wholeheartedly. Good music, especially--one of the better Disney soundtracks. And Disney has made some really darn good music, and this ranks probably in my Top 5 in Best Disney Scores, along with Aladdin and Hercules (Herc has to take #1, followed closely by The Lion King).

The story itself was of course a classic and well-delivered. They didn't screw up on the original tale in any major ways. It is, at its core, a great story that shows good vs. evil with love thrown in the mix. Sure, it looks cliche now, but still, it's well put and I overall like it. Possibly the most interesting parts are where Ariel and Eric are first meeting--it's a rather strange meeting!

Most of the characters were interesting and enjoyable, although a few were cliche, as this WAS from a fairy tale, the original creators of what we now call cliches. The villain, Ursula (What a great name for a villain!) was good and strong, but she made me laugh simply looking at her--a fat, octopus-like woman. The ultimate evildoer! Sebatian had to be my favorite, probably because he was the lead singer in the best song of the movie, Under the Sea. (If anyone thinks otherwise, they are dooooomed!)

But the thing that REALLY got me...even though Ariel was a little annoying at some times, but this beat them all...was Flounder. I can't stand Flounder. He is the most annoying creature in the entire movie. For that reason and that reason alone, the movie is docked a star, because whenever I think of this movie, all the good qualities are destroyed by the idea of Flounder being an annoying little kiddish thing onscreen.

Enjoy, even the "floundering" mistakes.

(I couldn't help myslef.)

animated series Batman Beyond © Warner Bros.
Batman Beyond
Rated it: 3.5
posted: Dec 28, 2008
I've had mixed feelings about this show, having watched it when I was younger, but I think that it deserves a favorable review. I couldn't bear to take it down to a 3, but for some reason 3 1/2 seems too high. In reality, I give it about 3 1/4, but I'm one to round up as opposed to lowering a review unjustly.

The Batman Beyond shows true emotion from the characters and shows lesser known, yet still good villains. The thing that I have trouble with is...

He's just not the original Batman.

The original Batman was the smart and cunning man who could always keep going no matter his age. He grew quite old in the orignal TV series and in some of the movies, but he still kept it up--and he wasn't weakening. He stayed strong and kept himself ready and prepared to do more work for Gotham. However, Beyond slices about a third of Batman's career--and this is my only complaint.

Otherwise, the animation is sleek and looks good for the kind of thing they're trying to get at for Beyond. It was a good series overall and worth watching.


animated movie WALL•E © Pixar
Rated it: 4
posted: Dec 26, 2008
This is an absolutely astounding piece of work that I truly appreciate coming from Pixar.

To tell you the truth, Cars was mediocre and Ratattouille was pretty good, but this has shattered my precedents for a "good movie." The plot was creative and original, the characters were deep, the visuals were inconceivably awesome (think back to Princess Bride), and it was emotional with great passion poured into it by every genius behind the wheels at Pixar. This was clearly untouched by Disney's currently very grimy hands. Lately I have seen so few good Disney films and I was quite angry a few years back when they bought Pixar. I thought that Pixar's films would suffer intensely from this buyout, but that is entirely untrue.

Let's start with the part we all come to Keyframe for: the animation itself. It was absolutely dazzling. The visuals were mind-blowing. I have never seen anything like this ever before. This is the best that is out there and for this reason alone I would suggest that you go out and watch this movie. If you look down even to the tiniest detail--the dust on everything in the first scenes on earth, the particle effects, explosions, fire, a very well-done television, and every bit of the world created by these animation extrodinaires--you will find absolutely no mistake in their work. I could not believe at how well they created this world. Once they move onto the ship, the clean, plastic world of the robots is very real. You can see how each robot works to do something different to make the lives of the blobs of blubber more comfortable on their 700th year of the space cruise.

The characters themselves were the most gripping of any part of the movie, surpassing the animation by a long shot. The animation, in fact, was an enhancement to the characters, whereas many films these days try to go for a "wow" factor which most of the time fails and don't go too deep into what a character really is, what he/she is thinking, and what the emotions are in a scene. And they're allowed to talk. The character and rich emotion that is shown in the first half hour of the movie, in which there is no speech, is absolutely incredible.

Those are the two best points of the movie--there's more to it, but the other reviewers seemed to have put the words in my mouth this time.



animated movie Meet the Robinsons © Disney
Meet the Robinsons
Rated it: 3
posted: Aug 02, 2008
It surprised me how with its goodness. I mean, it wasn't GREAT, but it was beyond my expectations.

I watched this movie literally just so I could tell people what I thought about it. And honestly, I wasn't expecting to be able to give it anything more than 2 stars. I was wrong.

The characters had depth and were dynamic, and the basic story was quite enjoyable. There is a myriad of people who will very much entertain you, and also some that will get you thinking about what you have been doing with your emotions, if only for an hour and a half.

Now, the bad news.

The animation was simply not up to caliber. This was something that I did expect. The animation for just Disney without Pixar looks literally like fondant (if you have ever seen it or tasted it, it is very smooth and unnatural-looking and it also makes you want to retch as soon as it enters your mouth.) It's far too perfect-looking - sort of like plastic times people.

The story felt very rushed. They were trying to cram far too much into too small a period of time. (Man, just reminds you of how people's attention spans are shortening.) As a result, by the time the climax arrives you are still thinking, "Didn't this movie just start?" It makes things feel unnatural - and that is the kind of thing that reminds me that the last movie they made was Chicken Little, which was rushed all the way through to the point in which they had NO story.

Good, but not great. Good for one watch, no more than two.


animated movie Horton Hears a Who © Blue Sky
Horton Hears a Who
Rated it: 4
posted: Jun 14, 2008
I'm sorry, I just simply MUST disagree with you, Bob. In fact, everyone I know (with the exception of 1 because he didn't watch it) loves this film.

It was VERY true to the book (finally!!!). It just added character development. This was necessary since Horton Hears a Who is about 20 pages and has about 2 sentences a page.

The best part HAS TO BE the part where Horton is imagining he's a hero of some flips to 2d anime animation - and it's clearly parodying Dragon Ball Z. And I don't mind that at all.

It's definitely a family movie. Watch it - everyone will get something out of it. That's why it made $300,000,000. It's a good movie.

There are great messages also throughout the film. Use your imagination, a person's a person (anti-abortion! WOOT), and so myriad other things it really would be extraneous to talk about them here.

4/4. Watch it. Enjoy!

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