So, again, with the trend of me watching stuff on Netflix, I watched The Lorax. As an art-person with a lot of friends who are doing animation things, I have a passing interest in animated movies. Usually I use these reviews to showcase what I think is a particularly good or underrated book or film, video game or what have you to people who watch me may not be familiar with (check out my reviews for the uninitiated) but this movie. Oh, this movie.
Some of you may be familiar with my opinions about the decline of mainstream animated films. Some of you may be familiar with my burning, all-encompassing hatred of dreamworks. Some of you may even be familiar with my hatred of common norms in animation (namely, slapstick). And yet, dreamworks has shit out yet another movie that manages to hit all three on the head.
If I could only say one thing about this movie it would be: This movie is godawful. It is literally everything wrong about modern animated filmmaking. I wouldn’t even have given it the time of day if it weren’t such a perfect, shining example of some horrible shit that dreamworks threw together and put some filters on top of. A torpid, asinine plot thrown with a moral that couldn’t be more obvious if it hit us over the head with a mallet, which manages to happily scrub out any traces of dr. seuss’s original whimsy. The characters were dull and one-dimensional, the only life to them given by some decent animation. The slapstick was aplenty (argh!) and I forgot the musical numbers while I was watching them.
The only vaguely redeeming feature was the animation, which I mentioned previously. It’s alright, I guess, but I would argue that this is probably the lamest, most mindless use of animation that you could possibly think of. Animation ain’t just to make stuff move, man. It isn’t just to appeal to kids or to make stuff stretchy and wacky. I mean, none of these things are wrong inherently, but altogether, they are making western animated films lag far, far behind.
Also: Don’t watch this movie. It’s 2 hours of your life that you will never get back.
I can’t wait to watch rise of the guardians!!!!
Edit: apparently this was actually made by illumination animation. Forget it though, I don’t have any more time or brain power to devote to this film. It’s taken more than enough.