4th article in our 5 week series on Disney!
As much as it would be nice to discuss how wonderful Disney animation has been (for most of its almost 90 year history) one has to recognize how market forces have challenged their animation enterprise. A creative juggernaut of the highest caliber, Disney is also a business that has to profit to sustain its production. Gratifying audiences with warm and elegant animation, if not pioneering the finest animation, Disney has taken many advanced animation development techniques to great heights. We know their 2 dimensional hand-drawn classics from our childhood favorites. Yet we also appreciate the digital wizardry of their current 3 dimensional works also. Though we appreciate Disney’s association with Pixar we have to wonder whether a conflict of sorts is brewing. This article will attempt to illustrate the collision (and sometimes hostility) that is sometimes provoked internally by challenging economic forces, contemporary appetites, and competing priorities at the Cineplex’s.
An odd thing about watching some of Hollywood genres where male psychology figure prominently, is you get to witness many of the very worst contemporary male faults. Strangely, attributions like “Does not play well with others,” is almost a call to arms for many of our contemporary brethren. Self-gratification is defined as the “the act of giving oneself pleasure or of satisfying one’s own desires .” But why is this bad, because many adults agree that civil social interaction actually requires a degree of willful collaboration, sympathetic sharing, and mutual respect and possibly some selflessness? So the question has to be asked what can be done about this trend? First I would say stop the Hollywood promotion of these anti-social attributes and stop it while things are still (relatively) manageable. Raging self-absorbed testosterone of the past, (sometime defined as narcissism) led to some of our worst historical incidents. No, this trend in entertainment isn’t new but it’s a sad turn of affairs just the same. As in the past, what can start as conventional dramatic presentation can become a kind of social etiquette for the easily influenced.
As the country continues to mourn, heal and pray for the fallen citizens of Aurora, Colorado after Friday’s midnight massacre, which caused moviegoers to think twice about America’s favorite pastime. In this article we will look into how audiences are conquering their fear of going to the movies.
Opening July 20th, 2012, you may recognize that the The Dark Knight Rises is the last in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman films. Now almost a Hollywood tradition, I would like to underline a few attributes you may be overlooking. The first major out crop of super hero films began in the 1930’s. If you thought otherwise, do not feel bad (in most online articles) this is one way these movies are frequently described:
“Here’s a rundown of what the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled set will include… ”
After all with Marvel Entertainment calling The Avengers the conclusion of phase one of their recent spate of movies (not including the 20th Century Fox Films) it would be easy to assume the super hero film phenomenon was new. In fact it is not.
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As witnessed on the web, when Andrew Garfield was cast in director Mark Web’s reboot of the Amazing Spiderman, many film enthusiasts breathed a sigh of relief. Without getting into the messy details that ended the previous Sam Rami/Toby Maguire helmed series, the doubts of comic fans were very high. This is actor Andrew Garfield expressing his misgivings ; Continue reading