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    Is Th-Th-That All, Folks? - The New York Times 10/3/06

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    Is Th-Th-That All, Folks?
    The Walt Disney Co. via Reuters; Disney Enterprises/Pixar Animation Studios; Columbia Pictures; DreamWorks
    Clockwise from top left, Walt Disney Picture's "Toy Story," scene from "The Incredibles," Sony Pictures Animation's film "Open Season," DreamWorks film "Shrek 2."




    By Laura M. Holson
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    Published: October 3, 2006

    HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 2 — Mike Hernandez has had it with the new offerings of animated movies.

    Other than “Cars,” the summer hit from Pixar Animation Studios, he would rather watch the re-released animated classic “The Little Mermaid” with his 4-year-old daughter, Alicea.

    “They had a good message,” Mr. Hernandez said of “Cars” and “The Little Mermaid” after attending a recent matinee of “The Little Mermaid” at the El Capitan movie theater here. Of other, newer films, he said, “I don’t pay too much attention.”

    With more than a dozen computer-animated movies being readied for release by next summer, Hollywood is facing viewer fatigue worthy of Sleeping Beauty. Analysts and industry executives have long warned of a coming glut of computer-animated movies. That time has come.
    Now, with so many movies for audiences to choose from, some are failing to meet expectations or are flopping outright.

    This summer’s “The Wild,” from the Walt Disney Company, proved anything but for moviegoers, bringing in only $37 million at the domestic box office. The bigger disappointment was “The Ant Bully,” produced by the actor Tom Hanks and distributed by Warner Brothers Entertainment. That movie’s powerful ant wizard could muster only enough magic to garner $27 million.

    By contrast, the debut of “Open Season,” the tale of a defiant grizzly bear and feisty mule deer who battle hunters, brought in $23 million over the weekend for Sony Pictures Entertainment</SPAN>, putting it in first place. But only the coming weeks will tell whether it will be widely embraced by moviegoers.

    Over the last five years, almost every major film studio has sought to make or acquire the type of movies pioneered by Pixar, which was recently acquired by Disney. At the same time, independently financed animators have ratcheted up production.
    But while animation continues to be popular with families, audiences complain it is suffering from too much sameness, with movie plots and characters looking increasingly alike.
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    Re: Is Th-Th-That All, Folks? - The New York Times 10/3/06

    This is what happens when you make too many CGI movies.

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    Re: Is Th-Th-That All, Folks? - The New York Times 10/3/06

    This also happens when you try to hide lack of creativity behind a star studded cast... I think there are a few exceptions to the rule... Disney/Pixar and Dreamworks are going to continue to be the biggest boys on the block... (With may be Fox/Blue Sky being the kid brother...)

    There where far too many animal fables on the market... Madagascar, Chicken Little, Over the Hedge, Ice Age 2, The Wild, Open Season, Barnyard... Tired! Anyone?

    Look at what got celibrated last year... Corpse Bride, Wallace and Gromit - both NOT CGI and NOT ANIMAL FABLES...

    This year the only film that made it's salt was Cars... As of now, it is the only oscar contender in the genra...
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    Re: Is Th-Th-That All, Folks? - The New York Times 10/3/06

    Quote Originally Posted by cellarhound View Post
    This year the only film that made it's salt was Cars... As of now, it is the only oscar contender in the genra...
    I agree with what you said up to this. Monster House was really good too, but I like Cars more. Last year was a great year for animated movies. This year it was all about qunatity, not quality. Still we have flushed away coming and I trust Aardman studios.

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    Re: Is Th-Th-That All, Folks? - The New York Times 10/3/06

    That doesn't solve the problem of Ratattui looking a LOT like Flushed Away... Both rats... One's Paris, the other London...

    Argh.
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    Re: Is Th-Th-That All, Folks? - The New York Times 10/3/06

    Once again, Hollywood jumped on a trendy bandwagon without stopping to analyze what made it popular. The prevailing "wisdom" was:

    1. Toy Story 1 & 2, Shrek 1 & 2, Monsters Inc. and The Incredibles (among others) all made a lot of money.

    2. All these movies were computer animated films.

    -THEREFORE-

    All computer animated films will make money.

    Now, because revenue for computer animated films is flagging, the new assumption is that people are tired of computer animated films.

    Try this one: People aren't seeing computer animated films because too many of them suck (see Chicken Little, Doogle, etc.)

    If a movie is good, regardless of the format (live action, 2D, computer animation), it WILL FIND AN AUDIENCE.

    2D animation didn't fail because audiences liked computer animation better. It failed because there were too many Brother Bears and Home on the Ranges.

    It's the STORY stupid . . . not the format.

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