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Some of the Greatest films ever made
« on: June 30, 2012, 02:56:47 AM »
Let us begin at the beginning:  From my perspective:

It began with

Ants - I had only heard about computer animation.  I did not expect much and thought it would never catch on or be as good as regular animation, Looney Tunes and such.  I could not have been more wrong.  I loved Ants.  They chose a great cast and it blew me away.  I still love the film and the story is amazing.  Not really sure how original it was or how many themes it may have borrowed I loved it just the same. 

Toy Story - this one still gets me on so many levels.  A local theater was offering Fire Fighters, Police and EMS free admission at the time.  I ended up seeing this film, and I am a bit ashamed to admit it but over thirty times in the theater.  Each time I was off and decided to hit the theater I would see what was playing and could not think of another film I would like as much as Toy Story so I kept seeing it until it was no longer running.  This film made me want to see all my old toys again and give them a big hug and tell them I did not forget them.  Many of us lived through that exact theme too.  I used to play cowboys growing up in Arizona and living on a ranch.  Then we went to the moon.  I started playing with Major Matt Mason and all the cool space toys.  No joke.  How many of us lived through that exact transition?  I am also sure that many of us watched that film and saw many of the toys we grew up with.  How genius was it to make that film and the animation just blew me away.  The casting was brilliant.  Tom Hanks is always great but Tim Allen, OMG, how cool was it that he was playing a space toy with all those cool gadgets.  I loved him in that.  He is Buzz Lightyear.  I never tire of this film.  And come on, admit it, we ALL new a SID. 

Finding Nemo - I went to see this one just to see a Great White Shark called Bruce.  The storyline in this film captivated me.  Another brilliant film with brilliant casting.  The animation still blows me away and I am snorkeling all around the South Pacific in water just like in the film.  This film had so many twists and turns I love every minute of it.  Plus, ever just put the screen saver on?  Three virtual fish tanks on your TV.  How creative and clever was that?  This little gem was as perfect as film making gets. 

Toy Story 2 - The opening sequence in this with Buzz finding Zurg's lair really blows me away.  I love that whole sequence and could watch a whole movie based on that.  Then when Buzz gets zapped in half and it turns out to be a video game, I laughed until I doubled over.  I did not think they could equal let alone top the original but the theme, plot and extremely clever storyline took me places I never thought it would go.  The dialogue and voice actors are amazing.  Another perfect film.

Monsters Inc - Who in the world thought this up!?  Genius.  A factory full of doors where monsters come through to scare us as kids and get those precious screams to energize their world.  I mean, who thinks of that?  How precious was Boo?  No parent can watch that scene where she is on the potty singing away without side splitting laughs and so true it is.  Who didn't want to eat at Harryhausen's.  Really.  Monstropolis.  What a great name.  I want to live there.  I am a fan for life.   

Shrek - now admittedly, I have never been much of a fairy tale guy so this film did not attract me at all.  I am not even sure how or what made me go see this.  I really had little interest.  Then bam, this one hits you right in the face with its genius.  This is another film that took you on a labyrinth of twists and turns and places you could not imagine.  The theme offers hope to every love story that does not involve some hyper beautiful celebrity couple that never seems to make it anyway.  What a great story.  Awesome choice of voice actors that we will never forget.  Another triumphant gem of a film. 

Now on to the one that totally smacked me in the face. 

I have never been fond of country anything nor thought much of rednecks.  They have always seemed like just goobers to laugh at.  I have had my share of them on my side of the family and always detested them.  Being dumb has always seemed to me as something NOT to be proud of.  I never thought much of NASCAR either.  A sport where everyone drives fast and turns left over and over again hundreds of times.  Boring.  So when they made a film called Cars, I thought no way I am ever going to see that.  I kept my word too for a long time.  I did not see this in theaters.  It wasn't until I was copying some movies from a friends hard drive when I said what the heck.  Perhaps in a state of extreme boredom on the Iraqi border in Kuwait I will bring myself kicking and screaming to watch this. 

Well, that is what happened.  It taught me to NEVER ever judge a book by its cover.  This movie has so much heart on so many levels that I was completely blown away by it.  I thought it was all about NASCAR, how wrong I was.  I thought it was too redneck.  I could not have been more wrong on that and my stance on rednecks has softened considerably because of that film, really.  This film made me feel so nostalgic that I wanted to plot a trip down old Route 66 right then and there. 

Now my wife is a fan of country music.  Since growing up in Arizona and having too much of it crammed down my throat as a kid I have been a die hard rocker ever since.  However, as many of us married folks know, sometimes you have to indulge your spouse even if only a little.  After watching Cars I sent my wife the video of Brad Paisley's song "Find Yourself".  She did not know it came from the film Cars.  I was in the desert of Iraq and Kuwait at the time.  My wife, who is very stoic for a lady wrote me and said she cried her eyes out listening to that song and missing me.  I never told her where I heard the song or what inspired me to send it.  She discovered it when I talked her into watching Cars.  Of course I got the proverbial smack.  I will forever be a fan of this movie.  This is one of the most clever storylines yet.  If you have any semblance of heart this film has to touch it. 

All of these films along with some of their sequels and even those without sequels are some of the best films ever made.  In most cases pure genius, what we would call instant classics.  In the years to come we will look back on these films and each of us will have our own stories to go along with seeing these and how good they were.  Like the Southern Lady who used to bore the mess out of me with stories of seeing Gone with the Wind.  Now there have been some decent computer animated films since but these are the gems of our age.
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Re: Some of the Greatest films ever made
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2012, 03:10:27 AM »
Let us begin at the beginning:  From my perspective:

It began with

Ants - I had only heard about computer animation.  I did not expect much and thought it would never catch on or be as good as regular animation, Looney Tunes and such.  I could not have been more wrong.  I loved Ants.  They chose a great cast and it blew me away.  I still love the film and the story is amazing.  Not really sure how original it was or how many themes it may have borrowed I loved it just the same. 

Toy Story - this one still gets me on so many levels.  A local theater was offering Fire Fighters, Police and EMS free admission at the time.  I ended up seeing this film, and I am a bit ashamed to admit it but over thirty times in the theater.  Each time I was off and decided to hit the theater I would see what was playing and could not think of another film I would like as much as Toy Story so I kept seeing it until it was no longer running.  This film made me want to see all my old toys again and give them a big hug and tell them I did not forget them.  Many of us lived through that exact theme too.  I used to play cowboys growing up in Arizona and living on a ranch.  Then we went to the moon.  I started playing with Major Matt Mason and all the cool space toys.  No joke.  How many of us lived through that exact transition?  I am also sure that many of us watched that film and saw many of the toys we grew up with.  How genius was it to make that film and the animation just blew me away.  The casting was brilliant.  Tom Hanks is always great but Tim Allen, OMG, how cool was it that he was playing a space toy with all those cool gadgets.  I loved him in that.  He is Buzz Lightyear.  I never tire of this film.  And come on, admit it, we ALL new a SID. 

Finding Nemo - I went to see this one just to see a Great White Shark called Bruce.  The storyline in this film captivated me.  Another brilliant film with brilliant casting.  The animation still blows me away and I am snorkeling all around the South Pacific in water just like in the film.  This film had so many twists and turns I love every minute of it.  Plus, ever just put the screen saver on?  Three virtual fish tanks on your TV.  How creative and clever was that?  This little gem was as perfect as film making gets. 

Toy Story 2 - The opening sequence in this with Buzz finding Zurg's lair really blows me away.  I love that whole sequence and could watch a whole movie based on that.  Then when Buzz gets zapped in half and it turns out to be a video game, I laughed until I doubled over.  I did not think they could equal let alone top the original but the theme, plot and extremely clever storyline took me places I never thought it would go.  The dialogue and voice actors are amazing.  Another perfect film.

Monsters Inc - Who in the world thought this up!?  Genius.  A factory full of doors where monsters come through to scare us as kids and get those precious screams to energize their world.  I mean, who thinks of that?  How precious was Boo?  No parent can watch that scene where she is on the potty singing away without side splitting laughs and so true it is.  Who didn't want to eat at Harryhausen's.  Really.  Monstropolis.  What a great name.  I want to live there.  I am a fan for life.   

Shrek - now admittedly, I have never been much of a fairy tale guy so this film did not attract me at all.  I am not even sure how or what made me go see this.  I really had little interest.  Then bam, this one hits you right in the face with its genius.  This is another film that took you on a labyrinth of twists and turns and places you could not imagine.  The theme offers hope to every love story that does not involve some hyper beautiful celebrity couple that never seems to make it anyway.  What a great story.  Awesome choice of voice actors that we will never forget.  Another triumphant gem of a film. 

Now on to the one that totally smacked me in the face. 

I have never been fond of country anything nor thought much of rednecks.  They have always seemed like just goobers to laugh at.  I have had my share of them on my side of the family and always detested them.  Being dumb has always seemed to me as something NOT to be proud of.  I never thought much of NASCAR either.  A sport where everyone drives fast and turns left over and over again hundreds of times.  Boring.  So when they made a film called Cars, I thought no way I am ever going to see that.  I kept my word too for a long time.  I did not see this in theaters.  It wasn't until I was copying some movies from a friends hard drive when I said what the heck.  Perhaps in a state of extreme boredom on the Iraqi border in Kuwait I will bring myself kicking and screaming to watch this. 

Well, that is what happened.  It taught me to NEVER ever judge a book by its cover.  This movie has so much heart on so many levels that I was completely blown away by it.  I thought it was all about NASCAR, how wrong I was.  I thought it was too redneck.  I could not have been more wrong on that and my stance on rednecks has softened considerably because of that film, really.  This film made me feel so nostalgic that I wanted to plot a trip down old Route 66 right then and there. 

Now my wife is a fan of country music.  Since growing up in Arizona and having too much of it crammed down my throat as a kid I have been a die hard rocker ever since.  However, as many of us married folks know, sometimes you have to indulge your spouse even if only a little.  After watching Cars I sent my wife the video of Brad Paisley's song "Find Yourself".  She did not know it came from the film Cars.  I was in the desert of Iraq and Kuwait at the time.  My wife, who is very stoic for a lady wrote me and said she cried her eyes out listening to that song and missing me.  I never told her where I heard the song or what inspired me to send it.  She discovered it when I talked her into watching Cars.  Of course I got the proverbial smack.  I will forever be a fan of this movie.  This is one of the most clever storylines yet.  If you have any semblance of heart this film has to touch it. 

All of these films along with some of their sequels and even those without sequels are some of the best films ever made.  In most cases pure genius, what we would call instant classics.  In the years to come we will look back on these films and each of us will have our own stories to go along with seeing these and how good they were.  Like the Southern Lady who used to bore the mess out of me with stories of seeing Gone with the Wind.  Now there have been some decent computer animated films since but these are the gems of our age.




While i do appreciate "Toy Story and SHrek" i have mixed emotions about these kinda films. They are the films that killed 2d animation. While they are beautiful and well done we will most likely never see a classic Disney animation again. And that makes me sad. When I see they classic 2d animation films I feel and sense a lot of emotion in the film. Maybe it's because hundreds of animators out there heart and soul into those films? I'm not sure why it comes across the screen in my opinion so much more than the 3d animation. At least in my opinion.
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Re: Some of the Greatest films ever made
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2012, 08:48:40 AM »


While i do appreciate "Toy Story and SHrek" i have mixed emotions about these kinda films. They are the films that killed 2d animation. While they are beautiful and well done we will most likely never see a classic Disney animation again. And that makes me sad. When I see they classic 2d animation films I feel and sense a lot of emotion in the film. Maybe it's because hundreds of animators out there heart and soul into those films? I'm not sure why it comes across the screen in my opinion so much more than the 3d animation. At least in my opinion.

I can't agree more, horror1o1!

The artistic values of the current animated movies have nothing to do with those of their predecessors. The technical aspect of creation has completely replaced all the artistic beauty of a work entirely done by hand. Although the results obtained by CGI are very impressive, they are unfortunately marked by a profound lack of authenticity, which is easily visible on the screen. Where there was a pencil, a paintbrush and other basic tools, today there is a keyboard, a mouse and especially advanced software of all kinds. Now there is a machine between the final result and its creator, a step who takes away any form of more direct achievement.

The process is now irreversible. Produce animated movies by CGI has unfortunately become the norm and like everything else the tradition is slowly dying. It's hard for me to believe there is something out there more magical than the artist's hand directly in contact with the canvas, because in these moments the most beautiful things could happen.

After all, it's like chocolate cake, one is made by your grandmother, the other is manufactured by a machine. Both options are yours.

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Re: Some of the Greatest films ever made
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2012, 10:47:28 AM »
Yeah those days of classic Disney animation are gone forever.

It happened the day Disney "laid off" the last of its animation staff and sold the contents of the animation studio.
Even if Disney wanted to do an old school animation project they no longer have the talent or equipment, so they'd probably end up outsourcing to Korea.

http://www.sptimes.com/2003/12/21/Floridian/Lost_art.shtml

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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2012, 12:59:38 PM »
Yeah,  Not only the movie going public got screwed.


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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2012, 05:07:13 PM »
Yeah those days of classic Disney animation are gone forever.

It happened the day Disney "laid off" the last of its animation staff and sold the contents of the animation studio.
Even if Disney wanted to do an old school animation project they no longer have the talent or equipment, so they'd probably end up outsourcing to Korea.

http://www.sptimes.com/2003/12/21/Floridian/Lost_art.shtml


Wow that's very sad.
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2012, 12:10:43 AM »


While i do appreciate "Toy Story and SHrek" i have mixed emotions about these kinda films. They are the films that killed 2d animation. While they are beautiful and well done we will most likely never see a classic Disney animation again. And that makes me sad. When I see they classic 2d animation films I feel and sense a lot of emotion in the film. Maybe it's because hundreds of animators out there heart and soul into those films? I'm not sure why it comes across the screen in my opinion so much more than the 3d animation. At least in my opinion.

Ahh just want to point out Princess And The Frog came out in 2009 or 2010 and was a smash hit for Disney and IMO one of the better "Princess films" in recent years.

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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2012, 01:23:54 PM »
I disagree, because 3D animation is still done by hand, just via software. Everything is still done with a ton of passion and emotion. I am not ashamed to admit that the only film to ever make me cry was Toy Story 3. No film, whether with real actors on screen or 2D animated or 3D animated, has ever had such an effect on me before.
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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2012, 08:46:31 PM »
Princess and the Frog, great film! Sleeping Beauty...masterpiece ;)  Star Trek II, Spock's death, devastating :'(  greatest Trek film ever!

 

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