Josh wrote:I caught a 2D screening of Planes yesterday. Personally, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Now, I agree Planes is very formulaic, borrowing heavily from Cars. Also, the movie feels "small," despite featuring an international race. So, I'm not saying Planes is Best Animated Feature material.
We have to remember, it was a DTV spinoff only six months ago, and got the August-marketing theatrical engagements only recently. (Toy Story 2 at least was upgraded for the bigscreen while in production, and could rewrite some bigger ideas, but Planes was told to hurriedly put on its costume and get out there onstage.)
Disney tried premiering "Secret of the Wings" on the bigscreen to qualify it for the Oscars, but that doesn't make it a "bigscreen movie".
Dacey wrote:I think what critics fail to take into account---and maybe they do, but they choose to conveniently ignore it--is that stuff like Planes and The Smurfs 2 are intended for children. And really, at the end of the day, there's nothing wrong with that. Sure, Pixar's movies are deeper, but every now and again it's refreshing to see a film that's just content with being a kids film, while throwing occasional bones to adults. Toy Story 3 has themes about mortality, rejection and letting go of loved ones. The Smurfs 2 just tells kids to be smurfy. And sometimes, that's enough.
I remember being in line ahead of one parent taking her kids to Smurfs 1, and my holding back the urge to point out to them that, look, Winnie the Pooh '11 is still in theaters on its last week, and safe guess you haven't seen it. (I'm still wondering why I didn't.
Parents don't like "edgy" surprises--They don't want to take their kids to a "reimagined" Superman or Lone Ranger where the director wanted to fool around with "darker, grittier and more contemporary". With Monsters U, you knew what you were getting, and could still be surprised that the story and characters delivered. Planes, at least in the later trailers, gives you that "safety" feeling too.
And Smurfs 2 may tell you EXACTLY all you need to know in the trailer (oo, Smurfette has to choose friendship over thrills, and a ferris wheel rolls around in Paris, because you always do the foreign-audience location for the sequel after the NYC one!), and parents feel the illusion of comfort.