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Robots [Mar. 12th, 2005|01:12 am]
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Okay, we get it. Traditional animation is out, CGI is in. And it's truly amazing what they can do with computer animation these days. But while Robots is a witty and clever movie, you do get a bit overwhelmed by a sense of "Wow! Look what we can do!" with the artwork, kind of like eating a meal cooked by an amateur chef who's just discovered garlic.

In other words, it's probably quite good, but it's hard to tell because it's buried under all that seasoning.

It's a clever movie, there's no doubt about that. It pays homage to a lot of movies, including Singing in the Rain, and it has elements of both The Hudsucker Proxy and Blade Runner mixed in. It's a little interesting that Robin Williams was cast as one of the robots, Fender; his voice was probably supposed to evoke the Genie in Aladdin, but the context can't help but remind one of The Bicentennial Man.

The music is pretty decent, too. There's a very well-placed song by Tom Waits, and also a new one by Fountains of Wayne.

I don't get why fart jokes needed to be added, but the rest of the audience seemed to think they were funny.

It's a clever movie, as I've said. The only problem is, it's a bit of a tin woodsman, desperately in need of a heart.

[User Picture]From: tarpo
2005-03-12 08:40 am (UTC)
Like it or not.. Fart jokes can be funny... and that is a REALLY funny scene.. There were just enough over the edge jokes to keep me really searching for stuff.. During the massage scene I desperately hoped he would ask her for head since she had a buffer on top of her head as well.. But i'm just wrong that way..

Overall.. its not any challenge to Pixar.. But its a nice alternative. I put it right along Ice Age as movies I really enjoy.. but not on the level of a Toy Story or Monsters Inc.
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[User Picture]From: keevs
2005-03-12 08:56 am (UTC)
Ooer. There's a mix - Chuthulu and Domo-Kun.
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[User Picture]From: tarpo
2005-03-12 09:45 am (UTC)
They are best buddies
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[User Picture]From: keevs
2005-03-12 08:58 am (UTC)
Hmm, that's one movie that never sounded appealing to me.

I hope movies do normal animation again. CGI gets old. Especially when it looks forced - if that makes any sense.
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[User Picture]From: jumbach
2005-03-12 03:12 pm (UTC)
I hate gratuitious fart jokes.

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[User Picture]From: tarpo
2005-03-13 04:54 am (UTC)
They aren't really gratuitous.. Its one scene.. that ends up being really funny in the end
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-03-13 09:33 am (UTC)
Well, it's not as bad as, say, Racing Stripes, but I still could have done without it. The end of the joke was pretty...gross. But that's just me.

It does raise an interesting question, though...when is a fart joke actually gratuitous, and when is it essential to the advancement of the plot?
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From: ruthling
2005-03-13 02:40 am (UTC)
The advertizing hype for this movie has been extreme -- even postmarks had little ads for it. I'm interested, but not interested enough to run right out. Fountains of Wayne are cool, tho.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-03-13 03:11 am (UTC)
Yes, they are.
Sadly, the songs aren't up for sale on iTunes yet...
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From: madbaker
2005-03-14 04:16 pm (UTC)
That's the difference between Pixar and (nearly) everyone else.

Pixar: Show off the technology while telling a really good story.
Else: Show off the technology. That's the whole story.

It's also why Aardman is still relevant, even though they use Claymation.
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