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13 December 2009 @ 04:00 am
PATF Review: Part 1 (The part without spoilers)  
Okay, here are some thoughts on the movie besides "WOW." I have put spoily thoughts in another journal that I'll link to at the end of this for those who have seen the movie, but all the stuff in this journal is spoiler free.

I just... I don't.... MAN. I walked in slightly excited and walked out with this giant grin. I love when I'm wrong about being skeptic!

The characters were all emotionally investing! The story was fun! The writing was well done! Every laugh was on target but they could still make you cry (My theater was a sniffle house at times) and go "dawwwwwww.")

There's probably gonna be some backlash about this movie with some of the themes and choices, but I'm thinking the same thing I did with the whining over the humans in WALL-E: Shut up, it makes sense, quit being so sensitive. The story felt so real on a level I'm not used to from Disney while still bringing the studio's magic back. Now, that's not to insult Bolt. Heck, that's not to insult Meet the Robinsons (I love this film and will probably never understand why other people don't) but this just had a different feel that only Disney can provide.

Also, the antagonist is the creepiest I've seen from Disney to date. So many shivers up my spine. But he still fits into a fun story instead of throwing it all off track.

But anyways, today's million dollar question: Was it better than Up or not?

...Oh boy, where did I put that can of worms I had... Uh... Maybe? I know I said there was no way at some point, and you're free to laugh at me now. The fact that I'm even having trouble picking one shows that this was an amazing movie, seeing how Up is my second favorite Pixar film, but... It's really impossible to compare the two.

Disney has always been an enigma, making these kinda sappy and sorta predictable stories that are still so good they've scooped up awards and critical reception like crazy. Why? I have NO IDEA, and this is coming from somebody who is as into Disney films as anybody. I guess that's what they mean by Disney Magic? Or maybe art in general isn't intended to be fully technical? Despite personally being a bigger fan of WALL-E than Up, I always have trouble telling people why. "It's just... it's WALL-E! D'8"

Does anybody get what I mean? Disney's classic style is hard to compare to anybody but Disney. I dunno how award voters do it every year, but I kinda just need to say if it's a good film or not without worrying too much about what it's better or worse than outside the company, and PATF was a FANTASTIC movie. It doesn't matter if it's perfect from a technical standpoint or not. It's clever, full of heart, and entertaining like crazy. It gets you emotionally invested to a point that you don't care. xD I tend to get really technical when I go into films without even meaning to, constantly getting my eye on animation and writing form and the like. While it'd take the force of 1000 suns to get me to stop that totally, this movie let me do that less than a lot of films. PATF just got me invested at an emotion level that I haven't been since WALL-E. Sometimes I just like being an audience member, you know? I guess I'm just a sap for stuff like this too.

So does that mean I liked PATF more than Up personally? ...OH HEY I FOUND THE CAN OF WORMS! *opens* ...Yes. I may regret saying that later. Took me a lot of thought to pick one (again, hard to compare the two) and they are so close to tied it's ridiculous, but for now, yes. I know it's not the most innovative or perfect film in the world, but I loved it. It's this weird emotion where I feel like I liked PATF more, but if we do get an animated Best Picture nom this year, I'll wanna smack the Oscars if it's not Up. That make sense? I'm gonna shut up on that topic before I sound like an even bigger idiot.

It doesn't help that Pixar's Brain Trust helped with the story. And Pixar's former head animator produced it. Some days I wonder how much Disney Animation Studio is turning into Pixar's 2D division. Who bought who again?

Oh, but before somebody asks since I compared the two, no, I don't like it better than WALL-E. xD

Seriously, go see this. Walt would be proud.

Oh, P.S. I finally got to see the TS3 trailer on the big screen, since my theater accidentally ran the teaser at TS3D. The dude in front of me was clearly a Pixar nut. 8 )

And here is part 2, and where spoilers begin!
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Saki Kotetsu: princessfrog - tiana/naveen heartsakikotetsu on December 13th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
this. THIIIIIS. man you hit every nail on the head that I've thought about this movie.

Like the backlash it's going to get from oversensitive people, and yes, JUST like Wall-E. man I just really hate people who can't sit back and enjoy something as wonderful as these movies, but instead feel the need to get all angry about it.

AAAAAND, man I did enjoy PatF more than Up too. but you put it perfectly, it's near impossible to compare Disney to anything but Disney. the Pixar groupie inside of me had a little bit of a hard time admitting that I loved PatF more though :c

Seriously, go see this. Walt would be proud.
Agree'd, wholeheartedly. I read a review not to long ago that stated something along the lines of PatF having the potential to do for Disney what Little Mermaid did in '89. So yes, I think this movie is definitely a perfect portrayal of what Disney is at its core.

Heck, that's not to insult Meet the Robinsons (I love this film and will probably never understand why other people don't)
ALSO THAT. I'm glad to find someone else who agrees, because really the hating on that movie is ridiculous. It's personally one of my favorite Disney films, and one of (if not the) most inspirational one they've made. so whoop, I'm glad someone else likes it haha.

AND NOW, I'm off to read your spoilerific review :D
Another Ravaged Storyteller: Naveen/Tiananetbug009 on December 14th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
I think a lot of people are slowly admitting they liked PATF more. It's almost evened out. I still can't believe it. I mean, I was like "...Better than Up TIME? NAHHHHHHH NO WAI. 8|"

Oh man, if this ushers in another Disney Renaissance that'd be AMAZING.

And yay a fellow MtR fan! 8D

ναυτικός: chuckhydroskufl on December 13th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
oh my goodness, I can't WAIT to see this!

must not read part two...
Another Ravaged Storyteller: PATF Sparklesnetbug009 on December 14th, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
Don't. You'll be glad you waited and saw the film first. xD
midoriri: frogsmidoriri on December 13th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
I finally get to see it in an hour, after which I'll leave a better comment. :) Just popping in to say that you've increased my excitement, and I am immensely pleased to discover that Disney is FINALLY having some good ol' magic back in them. Like you said, not to insult "Bolt" or "Meet the Robinsons," or any other decent film they'd made recently (Because I haven't seen those two), but...C'mon, the past years have just been mediocre with rare, short bursts of WOW. I'm hoping this will unleash a steady stream of WOW.

Also, regarding what you said about Dr. Facilier...Apparently he's a great villain, and thank you, movie gods! 8D I love me some villains!
(A friend of mine thought he was a cross between Scar and Jafar. How accurate would you say that statement is?)
Another Ravaged Storyteller: PATF Sparklesnetbug009 on December 14th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
(I felt he was more of a Hook if you actually made Hook threatening. Like Hook meets Frollo.)
alone i fight these animals: [up] the bride may kiss youschellibie on December 13th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
yes. yes. THIS.

I actually have the craving to go see it again that I haven't felt since WALL-E.

I loved Up, but I FELL in love with TPatF. o_o
Another Ravaged Storyteller: Naveen/Tiananetbug009 on December 14th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
I KNOW EXACTLY. I was like "I WANNA WATCH IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND.... darnit, not this again. ._.;"
gigirl942gigirl942 on December 14th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
You liked it better than Up? O.O

Wow. I was expecting it to be good, but not THAT good.

I can't WAIT to see this movie. *avoids spoilery post number 2*

Another Ravaged Storytellernetbug009 on December 14th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
I honestly can't believe it myself. I can't count how many times I said "okay, this is interesting... but man, NO WAY it's gonna be better than Up. Not even close. >8|"
gigirl942: temptationgigirl942 on December 14th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Okay. NOW I'm interested. I mean, I've been interested in this movie for the last three years, but now I'm SERIOUSLY wondering what I'm in for on Christmas Day 2009. I knew I was gonna love this movie from the start, but if what everyone's saying is true I might have a new favorite movie of all time soon. :O
Another Ravaged Storyteller: Naveennetbug009 on December 20th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
It really was amazing. 8D