A thread to basically get something off of your chest about anything in the animation world--in the Western hemisphere. Feel free to disagree, but please keep it civil.
I'll start off:
- Johnny Test is a great example of wasted potential. I don't care if it's a rip-off of Dexter's Laboratory, it was clear there could've been some funny episodes and jokes made starring an eleven-year-old lazy-ass kid goading his genius sisters for their experiments (while being a guinea pig himself) and having a talking mangy mutt sidekick being the straight man. The side-characters, admittedly, made the show for me when it first started out, but they fell into stereotypes pretty quickly. The first season is honestly the only watchable season, but since it doesn't bother trying, it never kicks off the ground when it had the chance. (Also, I'm pissed the theme song that was used on Kids WB didn't make it into the DVDs. Like what the hell?)
- I don't really believe this is the Disney Revival if only because it's still a little too soon to tell, and even if it is, I don't see it's anything like the Renaissance. I doubt the phrase "Disney Renaissance" was coined and stuck until sometime in the early 2000s when people got to look back in retrospect--although feel free to correct me if this was coined in the 90s. My guess that if it was, it had to have been after Lion King came out (similar to how I began noticing "Revival" was being thrown around after Frozen came out), in which case they probably started eating their words once Pocahontas was released the following year, and Disney steadily lost ground after that. Disney still makes good movies (likewise, they have their bad), but Lion King was definitely the pinnacle.
- I like DreamWorks, more than Disney and Pixar at times. Yes, they have their low points, but they have high points, too, just like every studio. I think it's sad they closed their traditional animation department for good after Shrek was successful (although I'm still waiting for Me and My Shadow in that aspect), especially since they had great talent working there. For a studio born from their hatred of Disney, although they made a name for themselves, ever since they decided to move on (…maybe) from their hatred, they're been showing they have a creative bone in their body. Still have some kinks to work out (their financial troubles aren't helping), but their hits out-weigh the misses. Which is one reason why I'm bummed Mr. Peabody & Sherman didn't do so well, more-so with Megamind, holy crap, Megamind.
- Despicable Me was a fluke for Illumination Entertainment. They got lucky their first animated film became a hit, but Minion-mania is ruining it. I am looking forward to seeing how they do How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but it's going to have a hard time trying to get out of Chuck Jones' adaptation's shadow. Also holy shit, they got the rights to make a Pluto adaptation?? I mean, it's gonna be a live-action/CGI film, but how're they going to do that?? (I thought Imagi's Astro Boy killed interest in this sort of thing?)