I have been here for a few months, and I noticed that I did not post my opinion of the weakest to strongest DP Film. Since it would not be fair to put all of these films together (as they were made in different times), I will do it in eras. The Disney/Pixar Merger Era is where disney bought pixar after their contract expired, and WDAS was slowly returning to their former glory, while pixar was slowly losing their impact as the best animated company, as WDAS, DreamWorks, Blue Sky and others became big competition. The film that are in this era that I will be covering are The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Brave.
Here is Part 1 of this series: My Opinion on the Strongest DP Film of the Classic Era link
Here is Part 2 of this series: My Opinion on the Strongest DP Film of the Renaissance Era link 3. Brave Good
The best part in this movie is the mother-daughter relationship. I really like how they handled it, as we got to see that they were close when Merida was younger, but Elinor still had certain expectations of her, which would strain their relationship years after. Elinor does not understand that Merida wants to be able to do what she wants and to not have every aspect of her life, while Merida does not understand that Elinor is involved in her life to prepare her for being a princess and woman. Each scene with these two are deal with care and that shows when anda see these two interact. Both do no realize that they are lebih alike than they think, which is somewhat why they are so much. A good part of this movie is the score. A lot of people do not really talk about the score in this movie, but it is used effectively in this movie. It has the Scottish sound to it, and builds up lebih emotion and curiosity in the scenes, and does the job perfectly. The animasi is a good aspect, but that is berkata for all DP Movies. Not Good
There are lebih than a few issues in this movie, despite the good qualities. The first issue is the portrayal of men; I know that the women are supposed to be these strong, independent girls and to empower feminism, but they make the men look like bumbling, incompetent buffoon. The only tolerable male character is King Fergus, and that is even debatable, since he is a fool as well. Another issue is that there area lot of reused ideas and plot devices from other disney movies, like The Little Mermaid, and especially Brother Bear, which would not be an issue, if they pulled it off better and added something new to it. A third issue is that there are a lot of things that are forced and contrived, like the humor, which are mostly extremely bad and uncomfortable to witness. A lot of scenes to oleh extremely quickly and do not leave as much impact that it is supposed to be, and they just focus on the stuff they don't really work. After Elinor turns into a bear, everything including the plot goes downhill, and a lot of what was introduced in the does act was automatically dropped.
Even though the relationship between Merida and Elinor, and the soundtrack is good, the mediocrity, non originality, contrived-ness in but not limited to the plot holds it back from being one of pixar and the disney Princess' stronger films. 2. The Princess and the Frog Good
There are lebih than a few things that are good about this film. The first part that is great about this film are the characters. They are all entertaining, have a personality, and they do their jobs well. Doctor Facilier is a GREAT villain and does it well, Tiana is an interesting, developed young woman and protagonist, and Prince Naveen is also a developed, fun, charming deuteragonist. The side characters are enjoyable, and add a positive spice to the film, and also stay in the position that they are supposed to be. Another aspect that I think was well-done was the portrayal of the 1920s, New Orleans, and African-Americans. They used 1920s slang in the script, the segregation for that decade was there (but not that focused on), the clothing, and the mentalities of the younger and older characters were correct. This film could have easily offended African Americans, but they did that aspect really well. The characters were not stereotypical African Americans, and they were portrayed in a non-stereotypical and a positive light. I also liked how they actually casted African-Americans for the voice actors, and treated the race really well in the film. I think the setting was perfect for the content of the story; it has the typical magical aspect, and sets the appropriate mood for the movie. Not Good
There are also some issues in this movie, and the biggest one involves the plot. The plot is not bad, but it is not executed well, and there are some plot holes. I do appreciate that they tried to add a lot to the plot to develop the characters, the settings, etc. but when there are so many story lines that trying to get focus, it takes away from the main storyline and just confuses people. There is just too much to the plot that either gets too much focus, atau does not get enough focus, and the focus is another issue. I do think that there is not enough focus on Naveen's story arc, Doctor Facilier's arc/motives practically gets no focus, and they hammer Tiana's arc is hammered too much. We know in the first 10 menit that Tiana is all about hard work and trying to get her restaurant, but they keep up bringing that up to the point that it is annoying. Doctor Facilier's motive is not really explained; like he wants Lawrence to marry Charlotte, so he could have control of the finances, and then he will kill Big Daddy LaBoeuf to get all the money. Then he will give the shadows the soul of the inhabitants of New Orleans? It is too vague and underdeveloped.
While the portrayal of African Americans and the settings are fantastic, and the characters are strong, but the issues with the plot and the focus weakens the film lebih than a bit. 1. Tangled Good
While I do like The Princess and the Frog lebih than Tangled, the latter is the stronger film. Even though everyone on fanpop knows that I am not the biggest fan of Tangled, it does have A LOT of good things in the film. One aspect that is good are the characters. While not the most original bunch, they are enjoyable and developed. Rapunzel is feminine, sweet, and smart, but is also kickass, adventurous, strong, and DEVELOPS (which is rare in a disney Princess). Flynn is a somewhat funny (though with cheesy dialogue), cocky, strong, adventurous, charming, and Mother Gothel is charismatic, manipulative and deceptive. The plot is really well-done. It is simple, but complex with a lot of the details in the simple plot (which works for the film instead of PatF). There are no filler scenes, as all of the scenes are meaningful and have purpose. The pacing is extremely well, and anda never feel that the film is too short/fast atau too long/slow, and the same can be berkata for the scenes. The setting gives off the mood of the movie very well (a fun, bright theme to it, but sometimes dark). The tower gives off a sad, trapped mood, while the city gives a fun sweet thing to it, and it adds a lot of charm to the film. Not Good
While tangled has a lot of great things about it, there are some things that do not work for it. One aspect that I think falls flat is the comedy. I know some people think that it is great, but I think it unintentionally makes the film seem lebih modern, which is not good when it is supposed to be taken place in a fairy-take timeless place. The dialogue also makes the characters seem like 21st century people disguised in 18th century costumes, and gives it a DreamWorks feel to it. The modernity of this film to be honest is the biggest flaw of Tangled, and that is because it reflects in almost all aspects of the film; the songs are mostly modern, the dialogue is modern, the characters and their arcs are modern, ITS DISTRACTING. The unoriginality of the characters are also an issue, but it is really a minor issue.
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