Unpopular opinion: I don’t like the way people compare movies based on past expectations.
I always see people on tumblr laughing at Dreamworks and how terrible their attempt to make films are in comparison to Pixar. Sorry, guys, news flash: Dreamworks is its own studio. Just like Blue Sky (Ice Age) and Nickelodeon (Rango) are their own studios, but I don’t see you comparing those movies to Pixar ones all the time.
Perhaps Dreamworks seemed like Pixar wannabes in the past (coming out with Shark Tale and Antz at the same time was a pretty bad idea), but have you noticed that the animation quality in the past years is actually REALLY GOOD? Like, the texturizing, background designs, and animation movement? So what if they had a period of time where they made stuff that were inferior duals of Pixar movies? They’ve seriously improved AND I think Jeffery Katzenberg has finally gotten over getting kicked out of Disney and made some quality movies like Kung Fu Panda, How to Train your Dragon, and Megamind. But people continue to put it down, as if it would be TERRIBLE if Glenn Keane would move to Dreamworks.
If you’re going to hold new movies to their past, then I suggest everyone praising Disney for Tangled take a good look at Dinosaur, Chicken Little, and Meet the Robinsons. If you want to be “fair”.
Yes, Pixar movies are god-tier, but that’s not fair to hand out ratings of like 33% to things that don’t meet Pixar “quality”. I’m sure Cars 2 is still well animated and beautifully designed, but seriously, 33% is pretty extreme.
This is the reasoning why Atlantis, one of my favorite movies, is always so low ranked. The animation is good, the story is great, so what if there’s little time for character development? Does that really need a 48% on a RT scale? Especially when most of the critics are going “oh, because it’s not as beautiful as Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King”…well, shit, if we’re all going to be compared to Academy Award winners like that, you better relook at your rankings of Ferngully, RT.
I’m sure I’ve made a lot of weird comparisons/contradictions in this post to sarcastically undo a lot of thought processes…I just want people to appreciate the movie, where it stands, on its own feet. How good is the plot? Scripting? Animation? Music? Not “how good is it in comparison to XYZ?”
Perhaps you’ll enjoy more movies that way. Give things a chance.