Monday, June 11, 2012
Dreamworks vs Pixar
Pretty much everyone likes Pixar films. I've enjoyed most of them, even both Cars films, and whenever the topic turns to the best superhero movie ever, I often think of The Incredibles. But not every Pixar film is high on my list. I really don't care for Ratatouille, for example, though I've seen it more than once. It's just not funny enough or exciting enough to hold my attention, and I know some people feel the same about Up. Whether or not Brave turns out to be the great movie I'm hoping for remains to be seen (and I will see it, most definitely). But lately I've been thinking just how much I enjoy the Dreamworks Animation movies more.
I'm probably in the minority on this one, because to be sure Pixar has the better overall track record. Dreamworks has a number of animated movies that are pretty forgettable, like Sinbad and the Prince of Egypt, but they also have a bunch of great films as well--Shrek, Monsters vs. Aliens, How to Train Your Dragon, and the fantastic Kung Fu Panda movies (both of which are "awesome," as Po would say). And having recently seen Madagascar 3 and loving it, I think I'm now decidedly in the Dreamworks camp. There's just something about their movies that I prefer over the Pixar ones. It might be that they're just a tad lighter, because honestly I just can't take all the heavy, heavy emotion that comes with a film like Toy Story 3. Yeah, I know the critics love it, but man, I hope I never have to sit through that tearjerker again. Too sad, and too long, like a lot of Pixar movies.
Come to think of it, I should check the running time for Brave. If it's much longer than an hour and half, chances are I won't like it as much as I think. Great artwork though!