DreamWorks has commitment issues

This post is late because of a wordpress role error or something, I blame the WordPress upgrade not myself. ~Robin


Maybe I should clarify. DreamWorks Animation Studios has commitment issues. At least that’s what their movies would suggest.

I watch a lot of movies. Those of you familiar with me will know that already. Also, I love cartoons and animation of all kinds. So I tend to watch children’s movies when they come out. As much as I never walk in to a G movie expecting to see the greatest film ever made, I do expect a quality film, a good story, well rounded characters and everything else I would expect from any other movie.

See, I have this idea that no matter who the film’s intended audience it should still meet those standards. In different ways, sure. But there’s no reason a kid’s movie should be a shitty movie.

But DreamWorks, oh DreamWorks… I’ve tried to like you. Really I have. But there are a few problems that bother me every time I sit down to watch one of your films. The biggest one is you inability to really commit to something. Whether it’s a character, a story or a message. They’re all so half-assed.

The latest in a long line of these films is Kung-Fu Panda.

I’ll admit that I liked this movie. I did. I’d even watch it again. But I probably won’t ever buy it which says more about the film than anything.  Overall it’s not a bad film. Cute characters, good voice work, nice animation, decent (if not cliche) message but it’s missing something. Like so many films before it, it’s reaching for something and never quite getting it. It wants you to learn all about how real strength comes from within and that you’re special just because you’re you. But somehow it comes across as watered down and tired. The story is good but it’s mostly filler. Really, it’s just a lot of fluff.

Especially when you consider that around the same time Kung-Fu Panda came out, Pixar was doing Ratatouille and Wall-e.

Seriously, some time when you have a free afternoon sit down and watch a DreamWorks movie and then a Pixar movie. Or better yet, watch the Pixar one first. It’s like eating a really awesome meal and then eating the same thing three days later out of a plastic container in the staff room at work.

Dreamworks, could you please do me a huge favour? Cold you start bringing your A game? Thanks.

Oh and this pointless almost-rant was brought to you by the powers of guest posting and PMS.

– Gwen


  1. Hannah

    August 17, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I liked Kung Fu Panda, Ratatouille and Wall-e, but yeah I agree the Pixar films are better.

    The National Film Board of Canada also has some awesome animated shorts. I used to watch them as a child on TV and still enjoy them! 🙂

  2. greg t

    August 17, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Hows things out there in Woostah. Saugus Here. I just read your reply on Britt’s site about peeing on Disney. Youe comment about flashing people got my interest “up”. lol So I just wanted to say hi. I read a few of your posts and like you so far. You seem to have a good sense of humor and can laugh at yourself. I like that. So watch out. I will be lurking in the weeds.

    1. Robin

      August 17, 2009 at 2:46 pm

      I have a lot of lurkers, you better get in line.

      1. greg t

        August 18, 2009 at 7:51 am

        Ok I am in line now. There are quite a few of us here. It is a bit dark and scary out here. Sort of like purgatory I would expect..

    2. Robin

      August 18, 2009 at 10:22 am

      Get in line, I’ve got a lot of lurkers.

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