Time to watch the movies from the companies who thought they could take on Big Mouse. I'll talk to you folks about the movies, the making of same, and the culture that surrounds them. This is My Year Without Walt Disney Animation Studios. Join me, won't you.
I haven’t talked much about the Academy Award for best animated feature on this blog. Probably because I don’t really care about it that much. Most years, it’s one foregone conclusion, or maybe an interesting race between one or two. Generally, you get a Disney, a Pixar, a Ghibli, one indie/foreign, and one from one of the other American studios. And I always remember the second year it was presented. Ghibli’s entry, Spirited Away, was the destined winner. Disney had two that year, Lilo and Stitch and Treasure Planet, both of which stood a vague, dark horse chance, the former more than the latter. As for the remaining two, it was Ice Age and some dumb horse movie, seat-fillers if ever there were. Well, this is that dumb horse movie. Let’s see if I misjudged it. HORSES! HORSES! AND MORE HORSES! IT’S SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON!
Well, once again, Disney has a film out in theaters, and it's my job to tell you to go see it. GO SEE IT. Seriously, they've been at a pretty high level of quality. They haven't come out with a really bad movie since Meet the Robinsons, and I still kinda liked that. You have to head back to Chicken Little to find something straight up terrible. But Zootopia is more than just a good film from a good studio. This is amazing. This is the best movie they've made since Winnie-The-Pooh, which was itself the best since Lilo and Stitch. Now, it's only been out for a few weeks, so here's my three top reasons to see it:
It's been a hell of a long time since my last update, and for that, you have my sincere apologies. You know how it is, work gets in the way, you never seem to have time, you have to write a review of a really uninspiring movie.
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad. Far from it. I really enjoyed it. It just didn't leave me with much I wanted to talk about. If I had something as good as The Iron Giant or as bad as Quest for Camelot to return to, I'd probably have got to it sooner, but as it stands... ehh.
And with that thrilling introduction, we turn to -
WHITE GUYS EXCELLING AT A NATIVE CULTURE'S ACTIVITIES DESPITE NO EXPERIENCE!