Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The future of animation...

...is not anywhere on display in Madagascar. The film is an only very sporadically funny, but brings to light something that my friend, Mark Pfeiffer, said the other night: essentially that CGI films will very soon no longer be a novelty because of their animation style. They will begin doing poorly and will have to be held to the same standards of style and quality that all other films are. Right now, they seem to be given a pass (as Madagascar's $60 million opening shows). They ALL are filled with pop culture references. They ALL feature the same type of stunt celebrity voice casting (none of Madagascar's leads are suited to the form).

Now that traditionally animated films are yesterday's news, I find myself missing them a bit.

Your kids will love Madagascar.

I wish I had more to say about it.