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On holiday over the past couple of days, I started a mission to watch a couple of films I missed over the last few years.

This included two animated movies: Frozen (last year's box office queen which I heard/read praised everywhere) and WALL·E from 2008. Well I thought the latter is better by leaps and bounds in everything (quality of animation, story, characters), and am wondering why it wasn't the bigger success.

In Frozen, I couldn't really like the main character: an airhead Norwegian princess who is at times too traditional and at times emulates the stereotypical mannerisms of American valley girls (in spite of having lived in social isolation); the male lead is simply uninteresting and the mascot character, a snowman, too snowman-unlike. Only the ice queen was a captivating character, and a magical healing kiss not from a prince the interesting plot twist.

WALL·E, however, is daring as a dystopian vision made accessible for children (though older viewers are clearly targeted too), the characters come alive even with few anthropomorphic traits and are unique, the film brims with visual humour (I read they used silent films as inspiration), and there is stuff for adults like 2001 references.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 at 01:58:02 PM EST
Oh gosh, how did you make it through Frozen ? I can't even hear the theme tune without cringing. It's cynically aimed at 4 - 9 year old girls with all the associated pester-power marketing the studios can muster.

Wall-E is simply a great film with so many visual treats to enjoy

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 at 03:32:44 PM EST
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Take a couple extra doses of insulin with you. Garbage.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. -- Dr Johnson
by melvin (melvingladys at or near yahoo.com) on Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 at 08:16:28 PM EST
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A bit harsh I suppose. We were speaking of showing our age. For me, Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie is a movie. Mr Nobody is a movie.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. -- Dr Johnson
by melvin (melvingladys at or near yahoo.com) on Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 at 09:57:01 PM EST
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