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!