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'Toy Story 3' is without a doubt my favourite of the 'Toy Story' trilogy, given it was a third film there was chance it wouldn't live up and only by being as good or better than the first two would it be considered brilliant. Even if it was liked to a degree and achieved something around say 70% it would have or i would have considered it a failure - not a bad film but considering the lofty heights set very weak. But obviously it didn't and it reached the previous two and blew them out of the water.
Taking the toys again outside the confines of 'Andy's' room. With Andy growing up and going to college the gang are being put away but when a mix-up happens they all end up in Sunnyside daycare. The story is about never giving up at its core. 'Woody' refused to give up belief in 'Andy', where the rest had because of a mistake. It flows wonderfully like all 'Pixar' films there's a serene kind of nature to the film it doesn't rush and it isn't at walking pace it just majestically carries on. The story's identity certainly succeeds, it still amazes me that an animated film can boil up so much emotion from me - there's more emotion this time with everyone feeling abandoned. As far as animated plots get they don't come better than this - i confess when the video of 'Andy' playing with his toys comes on i get a knot in my throat. The opening is rife with brilliant moments this just points out from the off-set they mean business - it epitomises all that 'Toy Story' is.
The story is brilliant, well paced and has a point but 'Toy Story 3' is also very funny. rather than rely on what worked in the first two they add to it there's more absurdity - Spanish 'Buzz' for instance it comes out of the blue and is just laugh out loud funny especially when he starts dancing - 'Ken' when he's trying on clothes also springs to mind. Yes there are elements of the series past but it still feels incredibly fresh and unique. As much as i love animation i rarely burst out laughing but this film brings it out with ease.
'Toy Story 3' is a masterpiece of animation and cinema it contains all the usual flair and brilliant story telling we expect from the series and 'Pixar'. it tops of what i consider with great ease to be the greatest trilogy of films ever it sweeps 'Alien', 'Batman' trilogy and the original 'Star Wars' three with ease. If there is ever a trilogy of films as masterful as these it'll be an alternate dimension because these are as close to perfection as a film series can possibly come.
I decided to watch this on the back of a glowing review from one of my friends. But i was still skeptical not because i thought it would be bad (i doubted that based solely on the RT score.) but because i thought it impossible to live up to the standards set by everything i'd read or been told.
I'm glad to say that 'How to Train Your Dragon' mostly lives up to the promise with only a few minor problems that are more personal than anything else.
As with all animated movies the plot is simple but unlike all animated films there's hidden depth and a sincere story that works well with both adults and children. The title sums it up pretty well it's essentially about 'Hiccup' who injures a dragon in an attempt to live up to his dad's wishes - and kill it. But he can't and he finds it injured and slowly befriends it after seeing a lot of himself in the dragon. it all works well and is almostly perfectly paced.
It wouldn't be mistaken for a 'Pixar' film but it's damn close and is easily 'Dreamworks' best film to date. The character designs are mostly great and the settings are damn fine too.
It's not a particularly funny film - the odd joke here or there landing. But the plot more than makes up for and the fact that it isn't funny doesn't detract from the film - a rare occurrence in animation.
As with most animation films the voice actors do a good job as it's such an essential aspect, i find it more noticeable if somethings off. I did find the main character a bit whiney and anything at first but i got use to. I don't understand why the vikings sound scottish its baffling, vikings aren't from scotland a slight norwegian accent would've been better, that's just a minor annoyance.
I loved it, i'll admit it my friend was pretty much right, ok there were a few annoyances but not enough to diminish the experience. It's easy to see why 'How to Train Your Dragon' is critically acclaimed its a delight that 'Dreamworks' are going to have a tough time topping.
The master of 2D animation for the last 10 years 'Sylvain Chomet' has breathed new life into what could have a dead medium with feature films. Proof that 2D is visually more enthralling than CGI. you can get a beauty out of 2D that isn't possible with 3D. What a tough task it must have been to try and top 'Triplets of Bellevielle' - and it nearly does but can't quite reach the perfection of the previous film.
Animation wise (as to expected is masterful) everything is perfect. The character designs are just magnificent detailed and full of life. A 'Chomet' staple is using the characters personality within the style of animation and as always is perfect. The magician has a slight nervous and shy personality that can be seen through the animation.
There's nothing wrong with the sets, characters and animation they're all the usual standard. But the plot is a bit off. It starts of well and following the magician as he desperately tries to keep his act going - it's well written. but when he arrives in Scotland and takes the girl with him things start fall a bit. It's more confusing than anything, his motivation to buy her all these things, is a bit odd. It just didn't click for me the girl also came off as bit of self-absorbed, always asking for money. it is hinted that she is his daughter that he lost, but there's not enough evidence to support this.) This is a minor(ish) problem that should be overlooked. The core of the story is of this magician as his act is dying and how he slowly looses his enthusiasm - I could be argued this reflects the writers feelings of 2D animation, but i may be reading too much into it.
Ultimately 'The Illusionist' is a fantastic piece of animation, beautifully hand-drawn and a touching if occasionally odd story. There is no-one around with the care and attention to detail as 'Chomet'. Animation lovers with eat this-up, it may be a bit to depressing for others but it truly is a fantastic film.