Though this probably won't come as a suprise to
many, it turns out that Disney's first CG animated film without Pixar, Valiant,
just proves how much Disney actually needs Pixar. Sorry for the full circle
sentence, but it couldn't be more true. Opening under negative reviews,
Valiant will join the few CG animated films that don't have what
it takes to dominate a box office.
I guess we can at least call Valiant a,
uhh, valiant attempt by Disney to move forward without the aid of Pixar.
But lets face it, Pixar knew how to create great films. Films that were
wonderfully 'drawn', featured great stories and, best yet, had enough adult
humor to capture the entire movie-going market. Now here comes Disney, a
studio that seemingly has forgotten what it means to make classic animations.
Dang, I really wanted Valiant to be great; if only for the sake
of Ewan McGregor.
Check out some of the early reviews for Valiant below:
It probably sounded like a good idea to do a loopy animated movie that would be a takeoff on all the British films about intrepid World War II fliers, with lovable homing pigeons (actually used by the Brits during the war) replacing the human pilots. (In the planning stages it must have seemed like a brilliantly-conceived follow-up to “Chicken Run,” which took “The Great Escape” as its model.) Unfortunately, a number of things conspire to make “Valiant”--the title character is the pint-sized bird, derided when he joins the squad, that becomes a hero--an almost complete misfire. The story is blandly formulaic, the humor heavy-handed (limited mostly to birds falling down or slamming into things), the characters colorless bores, and the animation--apart from a few flying sequences--simply unattractive.
Pigeons are known primarily for defacing statues of historical figures — but also for the airborne valor they displayed transporting tactical messages during World War II. This subject is one that the animated Valiant can't even get off the ground.
While this news may disappoint some families looking for a film to see this
weekend, there is always March of the Penguins. For us adults, we have got
two films to look forward to this weekend- The
40 Year-Old Virgin and Red
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