As for myself, I’ve kinda been leaning towards Jake. Being the procrastinator that I am (I love that word), I can’t stand up to two syllables. But from now on, those that address their comments, just call me Japen.
Well, there ain’t much to write home about. I don’t have anything useful to say. So…… uh… what’s my opinion of animated movies? Well, there’s a topic for discussion. See, animated movies must have certain attributes to make them good, but before we delve into those, let see if I can give you a few examples of what types of movie I like from that particular genre.
my favourite animated movie: definitely The Incredibles. Pixar makes my favourite animated movies, and the Incredibles is my favourite Pixar move. This has everything a good movie needs, animated and none: a wide range of good humour. Adult humour, kid humour, slapstick humour. As for crudities, this movie rebels against the norm and is completely clean (unless you consider the few subtle fat jokes as inappropriate); a good story: you are probably familiar with the incredibly entertaining story of the underground superhero family; incredible production quality: it’s Pixar. The animation is only rivalled by other animated movies. The sound is awesome too. I’ve seen two out of two of the Pixar movies that director Brad Bird has made, and they are both near incomparable; good Morales: The Incredibles has a very morale messages, as well as being extremely pro-family. Probably one of the most enjoyable scenes was a deleted one I saw. In it, the Mom, Elastigirl (a.k.a Helen), tells one of her arrogant neighbours (upon being asked what she “does”) that she is a homemaker. The neighbour makes a quick exit, then proceeds to tease Helen behind her back. Upon hearing her, Helen asks what kind of job she would think worthy the effort. The woman stammers, and Helen asks, “A job saving lives? Well, that was the job I left for this one, and no one is going to tell me it’s…” beneath them. Something like that. I would have to watch it again; Lots of action: this movie is absolutely dripping with fights with evil villains and ruthless robots.
As far as animated movies go, The Incredibles is the most entertaining and most family friendly one you’ll get.
favourite non-pixar animated movie: Meet the Robinsons. Great movie. The first time we rented this, I laughed until I hurt. It got old after the millionth time; then we took it back. We re-rented it a few months later, and by that time, the humour was enforced. Again: great movie, though it only shares two of the Incredibles attributes: on the floor, side slappin’, hurt your stomach humour. While it isn’t up with the same standard as Incredibles, it too is basically clean; Good production quality: this movie is one step short of Pixar work. As far as animated movies go, Meet the Robinsons is definitely second on my list.
favourite non-disney movies: toughie. I guess I would have to say something along the lines of Wallace & Gromit would take that place.
So, what makes a good animated movie? Well, as far as I know, a perfect A.M. doesn’t exist. The Incredibles is the best I have experienced from that Genre. A good animated movie should be: Entertaining without being corrupting; funny while staying within certain limits; preferably have a good morale; and be well made enough to make worth the watching. I think Christians A.M. companies should take lessons from movies like Incredibles, and Ratatouille. They are well made, and they deliver good messages subtly. To our shame, Christians have turned their back on discreet story telling. But what makes it worse is: Christians won’t use crude humour because it gets to their conscience. So in it’s place, they would prefer to blaspheme God’s name. May God show us mercy.
By the way, I didn’t list all the A.M.s I like. Those who are reading this, why don’t you let me know who your favourite is? I like to know what you think.