(2005) dir. Mark Dindal
viewed: 12/03/05 at Loews Metreon Theatres, SF, CA
This was not a case of actually wanting to see this film, but rather that it was the only G-rated movie out at the theater and an opportunity to take my son to the movies. I, quite frankly, thought this looked pretty lame, up and down, and found my suppositions to be well-grounded.
This, I think, was the first digitally animated film that Disney has produced in-house (outside of their contract with Pixar), and if that is correct, then I think that Disney should be well-worried for their future without the Bay Area studio under contract to them anymore. While the animation and design are fine, the whole thing is poorly developed and lacking the charm of character development that works the best for these very mainstream films. It’s funny enough, but not memorable at all, and that is all true with the weird advantage that this film had at being made in 3-D.
I mean, that is a pretty unique experience, going to a 3-D movie, and I have already all but forgotten that aspect of the film. Someone needs to realize that animated films need some greater vision and writing and direction, or they will simply be well-designed, occasionally funny and ultimately forgettable pieces of junk confection that will not make much of a mark on the world or the audience.
It should be noted that my son enjoyed it pretty well. But I don’t think it made much impression on him, either.