Sunday, June 05, 2005
Madagascar

So maybe, I never did give Shark Tail a chance. But I gave this one, and just ended up confirming my first belief--Dreamworks should just leave the computer-animated films to Disney.

Sure, the plot was kinda interesting--zoo animals who have never known the wild are suddenly dropped in an island where they have to survive by their natural instincts,  which just happened to make them realize that they were each others' prey (or at least the lion's, but it sounded better that way). Interesting, maybe, but it most certainly was not funny.

Okay, some parts were, like that National Geographic music in the background, but the penguins were a little over the top, and so was that little old lady, and the rodent king, who was constantly trying to be amusing but had only one line that actually made me laugh. Also, the baby squirrel/skunk/whatever was most assuredly not cute. I mean, maybe the eyes looked all innocent, but if you ask me, the creators were trying a little too hard.

Also (and this was also my complain about Shark Tail) the animals were too human-like. I mean, a The Madagascar Animalshypochondriac giraffe? Okay. I can accept that, but did he really have to have all those thermometers and MRIs? And why didn't they at least make the lion's act in the zoo more realistic? Trained lions can perform well too--he didn't have to be that fictitious--posing and smiling for pictures and always walking on 2 legs. Oh, and treadmill in the zebra's den? Come on!

I know it's fiction and of course, they're supposed to 'personify' the animals, but did they have to take it to that extent? Why'd the penguins have to actually tie up the people in the ship? I mean, in Toy Story, they were able to get the toys to manipulate people without resorting to such drastic measures. And what was up with the penguins preferring the island over Antartica? And sunbathing? No. Penguins are naturally in Antartica for a reason. They like cold places and snow. They wouldn't be bored when they see snow all around. Seriously, it was as if the animals these characters were based on weren't researched about at all.

I also didn't get the point of having the lion end up in the island first when everyone else eventually ended up in the same place. And I think they resolved the problem too quickly. Really, there weren't any dramatic moments that showed how Alex the Lion chaanged back to the tame animal he was. He was just, missing in some scenes, and then when he came back, he was tame again. And did they really have to make the fish into sushi? It's like saying you can't eat fish unless they're served that way.

Oh wait, that's right. They're trying to be funny. Trying, being the key word. Yeah well, to me, they failed.

Yeah, more of a ranting session than a movie review, but hey, how many times do I get to say that I don't like a movie? Besides, BBC's reviewers practically said the same thing--okay, so they were more specific, with comments on animatography (?) and stuff, but they also pretty much said that it sucked. :P

Posted at 01:41 am by miriyammqx

 

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