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Old 11-12-07, 07:19 AM
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Saw it over the weekend. Liked it, but didn't love it. I think one thing I found lacking was the lack of gags. I think they could have done a lot more with plays on cultural personalities and/or cultural expectations/references. Also, I think it was a little long. They could have trimmed off 5-10 minutes and made it that much better. I was actually getting a little bored 3/4 of the way through, but then the pacing picked up quite a bit.

Overall, I'd say I like Toy Story 1/2 and Incredibles better. Not sure if I liked this or Cars better.
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Originally Posted by Superman07
Saw it over the weekend. Liked it, but didn't love it. I think one thing I found lacking was the lack of gags. I think they could have done a lot more with plays on cultural personalities and/or cultural expectations/references. Also, I think it was a little long. They could have trimmed off 5-10 minutes and made it that much better. I was actually getting a little bored 3/4 of the way through, but then the pacing picked up quite a bit.
I had an opposite reaction. This is the first Disney/Pixar film I've enjoyed without feeling like there was tremendous pressure to laugh nonstop and sit in awe of the overwhelming, "special" animation. It was an interesting, fun story with humor that didn't feel forced and the animation didn't distract from the characters and events. This film felt more like the classic Disney animated stories -- which is nice.
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Brad Bird is my hero.

http://www.movieweb.com/dvd/news/67/24067.php

I think there absolutely could be a more adult animated film. Unfortunately, the only R rated animated films that have been made, have been made with a teenager's view of what adult means. Which means a lot of boobs, and a lot of swearing, and a lot of blood. It doesn't mean weightier subject matter, or something that is more sophisticated. That is the unfortunate state of it.
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What R rated animated movies are there?
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First one that comes to mind is Heavy Metal, which exemplifies what he's talking about ("a lot of boobs, and a lot of swearing, and a lot of blood").
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Just saw this for the second time today, first time on video, and I appreciated it even more. Such a wonderful film, with great themes outside of the usual defying the odds and family themes. There's not a thing wrong with it to me, it has so much personality and to sacrifice any of that would be a big mistake. I love that it just breaths, and the visuals are always there to keep you interested and in wonder.
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Originally Posted by FunkDaddy J
First one that comes to mind is Heavy Metal, which exemplifies what he's talking about ("a lot of boobs, and a lot of swearing, and a lot of blood").
So does Fritz the Cat.

BTW, in that interview there's a line about how he wasn't involved with putting together the special features for Ratatouille. I guess we shouldn't be surprised it was light on extras.

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