Okay. So this has been bugging me for a while now, and I decided to just let it out.
What happened to kids' movies??
I just came back from the films after watching Horton Hears a Who
. Jim Carrey and Steve Carell - possibly the two funniest guys in Hollywood - play the two main characters. So it should be hilarious, right? Not so. It was actually painfully unfunny. I didn't hear the adults laugh at all, and the kids only laughed when the Mayor of Whoville got stapled in the forehead (which, door the way, is a great thing to teach kids. Throw staplers and other office equipment at people. Your vrienden will love u for it).
There are so many awful children's films out now. Bee Movie, Surf's Up, Hoodwinked, Bratz, the Golden Compass
... need I go on? What is with this degeneration of family movies? Sure, there have been a few exceptions - Finding Nemo
for one, and Enchanted
was pretty good - but for the most part, there hasn't been a single decent movie made since Hercules
in 1997. And that was over 10 years ago. Why, I ask? Is it because everything's been done?
With so few ceative ideas left, Hollywood is resorting to creating sequels of already bad movies. Santa Clause 3
, anyone? of how about Baby Geniuses 2
? And Cinderella
has had - what? - three sequels? Isn't that a bit much? Why is Disney intent on sucking any and all meaning out of our childhood favourites for a few extra lousy bucks? Walt is probably turning in his grave.
I personally think that one of the reasons there are so few good kids' films coming out is because animators have gone hi-tech on us. I mean, what little girl doesn't love Snow White
? And that was the first full-length animated film EVER. They didn't have 3D enhancement and super-quality sound effects. They used an old leather wallet to make the sound of the dwarves' shoes squeaking on the floor of their newly-cleaned house. And yet the movie has lasted for over 70 years, while films such as Evan Almighty
, which came out under a jaar ago, are barely mentioned, except to be laughed at. And Evan Almighty
is the most expensive comedy movie ever made. I think that door focusing solely on effects, Hollywood is totally losing the most important part of all - the story itself.
So, Hollywood, here's your mission: make a kids' movie that's worth seeing. A movie that I don't feel that I totally wasted $10.25 on door seeing it in theatres. It doesn't have to be expensive; it doesn't have to have incredible graphics of amazing special effects. It just has to be good.
Go on. I dare ya.