I read a comparative review yesterday which weighed the worth of two animated movies: Walt Disney's The Robinsons, and the anime movie Paprika. I have not watched either of those two movies but I know enough to see that this movie critic thinks that he's oh-so-new-aged when in fact he has shit for brains. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
So basically, The Robinsons is a typical Disney movie, light, humorous, good-hearted, family-centric about some family, which I'm guessing is named Robinson, in the future. Paprika is an anime which delves deep into philosophy and questions us about dreams and reality and multiple-universes (from what I understand). So what this particular review was doing was putting these two movies side by side and comparing them, and in the not-at-all subtly indicating that Paprika was a way better movie than The Robinsons, and in fact any Disney movie being produced now.
Ok maybe he's right, and Paprika is qualitatively Better on some scale, but what wakes the Indignation Monster within me are his god-awful sweeping statements arguments about why this is so.
Example 1: Cartoons nowadays are so typical, they follow a set way of telling a story, have a recognizable beginning, middle and end. So typical, just like this Disney cartoon. NOW this revolutionary anime here jumps all over the place and the story-telling is not linear at all. So complicated, so NEW. So much better. Disney is obviously a failure in not being able to make new and exciting cartoons.
What the fuck? What the FUCK? How do I even start to explain what's wrong with this argument? There's just so many layers of wrongness here it makes an archaeological dig look flat. First of all if you're telling me that simply because they make the thing fucking complicated that's why it's good, then you're ootayafuckingmind. By that yardstick it would make the Matrix Trilogy some of the best movies ever made. I don't know about you but that is simply not true.
Second of all, how can you even think about comparing a Disney movie to an anime for Mature audiences? Do you really expect Disney to make an entire paradigm shift and start to churn out Gory And Adult Animation With Heavy Themes like Ghost in the Shell or Tokyo Grandfathers? NO you stupid motherfucker. Disney is obviously a company laden with a tradition of making child- and family-friendly entertainment, which equates to understandable content and happy themes.
It's like if I were to compare The Lord of the Rings to, say, picking a movie at random, Fight Club. And I said that Fight Club is obviously so much better than that fantasy crap with such normal characters which act so nobly and predictably, with clear indication of Good and Evil, and everything ends happily ever after. Not like Fight Club at all, a movie delving deep into the main character's psyche and questioning our society and our role in it, with unexpected and complex characters and which ends with antagonist actually being I'M OOTAMAHFUCKINGMIND AREN'T I?
You see it's comparing two things on a level on which it shouldn't be compared at all. Just because they share certain superficial qualities, like being animated, and maybe having vaguely futuristic settings, it doesn't make it right to actually say it's better.
In conclusion, the writer of that review is a pretentious asshole.
Ok I'm done with ranting. On another front I'd like to explain my previous post/comic because apparently a grand total of one
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