Ben wrote:But it speaks volumes that, as a HUGE Bob Z fan and someone who likes Hanks as an actor, that I haven't caught Polar Express yet, even though it's been out a week here in the UK
I admit I was the biggest detractor of this film before I saw it. And maybe my low expectations were why I don't think it was that bad now. And compared to other animated films from major studios of the past 5-8 years, The Polar Express was better than average! Note that this is not a ringing endorsement of the film, and especially not of the character animation!
Ben wrote:And big BO does not a third nomination make.
No not always, but it obviously doesn't hurt! And I said it would get the third nomination back when it seemed to be a box office bomb.
Ben wrote:I'm very suprised that it's been pushed for inclusion in the Animated Feature category actually. It's amotion capture extravanagnza...nothing more, nothing less. Sure, fans can say that they "tweaked the animation", but this is all (badly) based around live actors' recorded movements.
That, simply, is a cheat.
Some people think Sky Captain should be eligible for Best Animated Film, and based on the Academy rules it was probably a close call ("a significant number of the major characters animated, and in which animation figures in no less than 75% of the picture’s running time"). I think The Polar express gets in since motion capture only captures movement, everything else has be animated. And regardless of what Zemekis says, I'm willing to bet the animators DO consider this an animated film!
Ben wrote:I wanna like it...I really do, but I am truly scared by those soulless, lifeless eyes and the characters' stiff movements in "Edgar-bug"-type rubbery skin and clothes.
Just don't focus on it! When you watch a dubbed foreign film do you focus on the fact that their mouths don't match what they say? Don't we suspend disbelief at shows like Sesame Street or the Muppets when the character faces aren't close to using lifelike movements? Just sit back and watch it knowing that the motion capture tech they used wasn't perfect and then forget about it!