Sunday, November 25, 2007

Drek the Third

After my Bee Movie comments that I hope to post soon, I'm sure going to sound like a DreamWorks hater. Fact of the matter is, I've always pulled for DWA, but they're really trying hard to change that.

I watched Shrek the Third over the weekend and all I have to say is, "WOW". What a piece of crap. The story was almost unwatchable. I really tried hard to like it, but it just was difficult. Maybe I'm reacting a little harshly. But, I just had high hopes and was looking forward to another Shrek movie only to be utterly disgusted.

I'm a Shrek fan, or at least I was. I enjoy the films - farts and all. That cow has just been milked. Please leave it alone. Unfortunately for me, Shrek the Fourth is on its way and even Shrek the Halls is going to be on TV this week.

The story was disjointed and uninteresting. Arthur was a boring character, as were Snow White, Rapunzel, and the rest of the crew. I couldn't even find myself laughing and interested in Shrek himself.

The animation in this one has also taken a downturn. The humans are badly animated for the most part. Their faces are stiff and hard to watch, the body movement awkward. Don't get me wrong, there were a few moments of nice animation (especially of Shrek and Fiona), however, generally speaking I was really disappointed. I'm not sure if this was a budgetary issue or what. We know that the DreamWorks animators are more than capable of turning out good performances, but something went sour here.

Unfortunately, these Shrek movies will continue to get made until people stop seeing them. That's too bad, because they've definitely run their course. Come to think of it, what the heck do I know? The box office was good and most people must be just fine with what they are seeing.

I'm really hoping that Kung Fu Panda changes my perception of DWA around. Right now, they are taking a nose dive on my radar.


Lucy Van Pelt said...

Agreed on all counts! But don't be so quick to dismiss the Xmas special. I've seen it, and it has a lot more heart, and genuine laugh-out-loud humor, than the threequel. If you can get past your gag reflex and actually watch it, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Anonymous said...

WHOO boy, was drek the xmas special just that: drek. Ugly, not funny, and weird. The best thing about it is it was only 22 minutes long. The animation was a bit less lazy than the bee movie, though. But not by much.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you on everything. But I also have a question that I didnt know where to put so here it is. What do you think the state of the animation industry will be in 15 years?, as someone who just started in the industry I am very concerned about the future of the it.