Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A novelty

It's trivial, I know, but I nevertheless have to disagree with Laura Holson's claim that Animation films are losing their novelty as if "novelty" itself was the reason for their success.   And as if the banality in the case of the Tom Hanks (Warner Brothers) "The Ant Bully" and the lousy story and cheap animation of (Dreamworks)"Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" weren't factors. 

Let's face it, the lack of storyline, the repetitiveness of the "aren't animals cute", snarky over-the-top asides, and political correctness sank Disney Animation studios to the the point that they had to hire Pixar to make their films.  An eventual merger (not a buyout) left Pixar totally in charge of the Disney animation studios.

All of which says "novelty" isn't as much a factor as what is revealed by a quote from one producer.   "We just have to find a diversity of narratives." when what he meant was, we need better stories.  But, then, again, maybe he does want the diversity first.

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