Me and my sibling can go from
in like three seconds
on a scale from disney to dreamworks what’s your sibling relationship
did somebody say dragons
Okay, let me start off saying that I am both a huge Disney and Dreamworks fan. I buy the HTTYD figures and I went to Disney World for my honeymoon. I’m an animation geek and I do equally love both.
However, for a while I’ve been seeing some posts complaining about comparing Disney to Dreamworks and basically trying to ‘belittle one company” to make the other look better. Thing is, a lot of this “belittling” is really just pointing out the differences of animation details, character designs and other such things between the two companies and especially pointing out the flaws in Disney.
And yes, Frozen and ROTG get the most comparisons lately cause both movies involve a character making snow and ice. However, I do get that people are getting tired seeing the comparisons. Why does it matter?
Well, here’s the thing. The reason the Dreamworks fandom tries to point out the difference is that generally, unless it’s Disney, people tend to brush aside not just Dreamworks but other animation studios. Animated movies get tossed aside even if they’re daring to take more risks than Disney. I’ve seen people who don’t even bother going to see a Dreamworks film just because they don’t think Dreamworks can ever be as good as Disney, despite only seeing like two Dreamworks films (and often the films before HTTYD came out which was a game changer for Dreamworks.)
Critics generally are harsher on animation films that aren’t Disney. When ROTG came out lots of reviewers were picking apart the plot and saying it wasn’t worth seeing despite the ground breaking work Dreamworks did in the animation for it. Yet, Frozen was getting praised all over the place and even bragging how they were able to make every snowflake different when my husband who studies computers pointed out that ‘it’s relatively straightforward to make a unique snowflake generator program’.
But you know what, let’s put aside Dreamworks for a second and talk about another company, Blue Sky Studios. They’re still a young company and are still trying to get a foothold in the animation industry, thus why they’re relying on making another Ice Age movie and even a sequel to Rio to make money.
However, last year they created Epic - the first film for them with more of a fantasy focus and a more serious plot than they’ve had for the last few years. In Epic they created an interesting world, had POC characters including one being a Queen and there were some impressive designs and details in animation.
But box office wise it did worse than ROTG. The critics were being extra harsh on its plot holes and I will admit it’s not a perfect movie. However, here’s the unfortunate truth: had it been labeled a Disney movie, the critics would have been brushing aside any plot problems and likely lauding it with praise for its animation and characters. And yes it had just as many solid female main characters as Frozen did.
Frozen has at least as many plot holes as Epic and yet Frozen is the movie being called revolutionary and the best Disney movie since the Lion King. (Yes, it had made more money but people seem to have forgotten about inflation in ticket prices and general expansion of the movie-going population since 1994 - but that’s another rant.) Both of these movies should have done well and we should be seeing a sequel planned for both but we won’t.
The Disney brand name lets an animation movie get an instant pass. Now Disney has been around a long time and they have created excellent movies that deserve that praise. However, it bothers animation fans that now it seems like they don’t have to step up their game, but rather can do a movie with as many flaws as a smaller studio’s film and get far more praise. Even when Disney creates a critical flop, like Planes, they still make more than their budget back while we will be lucky to see a sequel to ROTG which has a dedicated fanbase for it.
It was revealed recently that while voting for the best animation film in the Oscars, some voters either didn’t care or just voted for Frozen without bothering to see the other animation films, which included Despicable Me 2, The Croods (which was critically acclaimed and a huge box office success) and a charming French-Belgian film called Ernest & Celestine. These films weren’t even given a chance because a number of voters just went for the Disney brand name.
So, my point? Yes, I get that people don’t like the flaws of their favorite company being repeatedly shoved in their faces. However, the reason this is happening is to make people realize other animation studios should be given a chance. People need to at least be as critical of Disney as they are of other animation studios - otherwise it’s not just being fair to either of them.
I mean, how fair is it to win just because of a brand name alone?
But srsly though
If you ever find yourself in a Disney movie
And someone or something starts being mysteriously surrounded by lime green
Stay away from the thing
Everything lime green is evil
Just remember that.
Everything lime green is evil.
I’m just gonna contribute…
Shout out to Carlos Benavides, the coffee guy for the animators of Disney’s Frozen
You go, Carlos.
1. The image is photoshopped. That’s pretty obvious. Ask anyone who knows even the basics about photo manipulation and they’ll tell you right away.
2. The blogger used the fan-made logo for Giants found on Disney Wiki.
3. The Tumblr user in question claims that this image was “leaked from a recent press junket”. However, this image is nowhere else to be found other than this person’s blog. Also, there haven’t been any recent press junkets inside the Hat Building. The most recent one was a bloggers event in February for the release of Frozen on home video and having followed that event on Twitter, I can assure you nothing of the sort was leaked. Besides, at the studio they don’t allow photographs beyond a certain point to prevent leaks. They wouldn’t let anyone photograph proprietary information like that. Moreover, If you ever visited the studio or seen tours of it, you would know that they don’t put up on their walls a list of the projects they have in development.
4. There isn’t a WDAS slated for 2017 according to Disney’s release schedule. Moana is currently scheduled for release on September 03, 2018.
5. It claims that Jeniffer Lee is co-directing Dean Wellins’ untitled space film. This was brought on by Lee’s comments that she someday wants to direct a sci-fi film. However, she most recently said that she and Chris Buck will remain partners and that they plan to start developing new projects together in the summer.
6. Both Dean Wellins’ space film and King of the Elves are stuck in development hell. They wouldn’t be ready for release in 2018 as the blogger claims.
7. Chris Williams left as the director’s position on King of the Elves in 2012 to work as a story artist on other projects. He’s now co-directing on Big hero 6. He couldn’t be overseeing the development of two films at the same time.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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Watching This Is The End is just a veiled excuse to listen to Hiccup say stuff he probably wouldn’t actually say.
I want to see a Disney version of This is the End. Mostly because I want to hear Calhoun scream “GET THE FUCK OFF OF ME EILONWY!”
What’s Eilonwy doing lol.
Trying to crawl out of the hole.
Can this be a Disney female version of TITE, then.
And this is Cal, Eilonwy and a few others.
Don’t forget Shego.
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