Sunday 7 July 2013
The second category of movies from June was animated movies. These I did consciously select to watch as a category, but I was surprised by the metatextural narrative that emerged as I went along.
96. (403.) The Wacky World of Mother Goose (1967)
Even by 1967 standards, this English Rankin/Bass musical film based on nursery rhymes is terrible. Written poorly, animated worse. These days, this would be released exclusively as a straight-to-DVD movie.
97. (404.) Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs & a Baby (2008)
A step up from Mother Goose, it takes a passable script and marries it with incompetent digital art design. The character design was unattractive and the background textures bland and repetitive. This U.S. film could have been much better if it hadn't looked so bad.
98. (405.) Donkey Xote (2007)
This Spanish film reverses the problem with some very impressive art direction coupled to a mediocre script. At least that's a step in the right direction. Many a Hollywood blockbuster has had a bad script but good visuals. It rarely works the other way.
105. (412.) Dragon Hunters (2008)
I thought this French film was a real winner. Yes, the plot is simple, but the characterization is great and the art fantastic. This is finally one I can recommend without reservation.