When ディズニー decided to give traditional アニメーション another shot, it was somewhat logical that they would try to start this “new era” with a ディズニー Princess movie. After all, each glorious era started with one. “Snow White”, “Cinderella” and “The Little Mermaid” were small masterpieces. But the “Princess and the Frog” proved to be problematic from the very beginning.
I was not happy when I heard that the 次 princess would be black. Not because I didn’t want a black princess, but because I feared that she was created for all the wrong reasons. If they had chosen an African legend as 情報源 I had rejoiced. If I had believed that the creators had thought along the lines of “Frogs – Swamp – New Orleans – Black Princess” I would have 発言しました “Go for it”. But I was early on under the impression that the black princess and not the 情報源 text were the start of their creative efforts. The creators deny it, so I might be wrong, nevertheless, it made me weary.
But that’s not what put me off the movie before it even hit the theaters. What really got to me was the complaining beforehand – または もっと見る the fact that ディズニー actually caved in and made changes in the movie because of those complains. I could make a long 一覧 of them, but I don’t bother because I don’t think that any of them are valid. They couldn’t be, because あなた can’t judge a movie before あなた have actually seen it. One element makes nothing racist (or sexist, for that matter), あなた always have to see the whole picture (literally) before あなた are equipped to judge.
The biggest problem I see with “The Princess and the Frog” is that they tried too hard to please all the complainers. あなた want a black princess? あなた get a black princess! あなた think that the princesses are not feminist enough? We make the most feminist ever! あなた think our message is bad for the children? We have a new, modern message.
But the thing is: the complainers are not the main audience. People who like ディズニー 映画 are rarely all about working hard and living in reality like Tiana, they are もっと見る like Lottie. Not in the sense that they are dizzy and waiting for their prince, but they want to believe in a world in which wishing to a 星, つ星 makes a difference and in which true 愛 exists. または at least, dream of a world like that occasionally. And they certainly don’t want to get told によって a ディズニー heroine of all things that they should take a reality check. It also doesn’t help that after years of saying that every girl can be a princess, Tiana has to become a “real” princess to break the curse.
It’s easy to admire Tiana for her determination, but it’s difficult to like her. And Naveen at the beginning of the movie is just a nightmare. There is nothing charming about a lazy womanizer who intends to marry for money (and then cheat on his wife). They’re both changed at the end of the movie, but first impressions tend to stick. Naturally あなた can also argue that imperfection is a good thing in characters (I don’t disagree there), and that they are もっと見る realistic and interesting than the other pairs (I’m not so sure about that). Personally I was never a big friend of the idea that personalities which initially clash which each other make good couples. I’m not totally opposed to it (opposites attract after all), but it has to be sold believable, and I don’t think that the movie manages it.
I mentioned before that one of the failings of “Snow White” is that there are so many filler scenes, which are funny, but serve no purpose at all. “The Princess and the Frog” has the same problem. Louis sending Tiana and Naveen in the wrong direction – filler. The frog hunters – filler. On 上, ページのトップへ of it there are so many storylines that all of them suffer and feel somewhat incomplete. The ending of the movie is symptomatic for that. Following the defeat of Facilier, they need roughly ten 分 to ラップ up all the loose ends. That’s just too long.
Which is too bad, because between all those wacky characters, who turn up for a brief stint, there is a lot of interesting symbolism in this movie. Facilier tends to give people what they want, but not what they need (Lawrence wants power and admiration, but what he really needs is a little bit respect), Mama Odie does exactly the opposite. Facilier is the shadow, Mama Odie is the light.
This movie gives the feel of a concept on which details got added and added and added, with nobody there who would do a proper 編集 and making sure that the story stays on track. There is at least one character too much in it (either Louis または Ray), too much time spend on Tiana and Naveen sniping at each other (roughly two thirds of the movie) compared to the time spend on the romance (one third, but only if one counts from the first words which aren’t part of an argument between them), too much comic relief – just too much of everything. Similar to Pocahontas, this is a movie which I like もっと見る for the アニメーション and for what it could have been than for what is actually there.
Nevertheless, I’m glad that the movie was successful enough to lift the CGI-only restriction on the アニメーション Studios. There are people who say they shouldn’t dabble into CGI at all, but I disagree there. I don’t think that they should give up traditional animations – that’s after all what made the studio big, and that’s what they do the best. But they should decide which kind of アニメーション they use based on the kind of story they want to tell.
“Tangled” would have never worked with traditional animation. A believable movement for all this hair would be impossible. Even for CGI this wasn’t a small feat. I have read a couple of reviews in which people complained that the アニメーション was nothing special. Well, they didn’t look hard enough. The flying lanterns? Kids stuff, other movie already had something similar.
But hair and water are the two things which are the most difficult to do in CGI, and the animators of “Tangled” not only did both (they really don’t get enough credit for the scene with the breaking dam), they did it perfectly. The hair of Rapunzel (and Flynn and Gothel for that matter) moves very believable. If it were done badly, everybody would notice, but it’s done so good, that it’s easily to overlook, and that’s the real mastership in animation. Not the things which look flashy, but those things which look natural.
“Tangled” is one of those rare cases in which countless problems during development didn’t end with a movie mess. And I really appreciate the spirit behind this particular project. It takes guts to plan a project, knowing that necessary software isn’t even invented yet. That’s the kind of フォワード, 前進, 楽しみにして thinking the アニメーション Studios need to prevail. And that’s what brings the audience into the theater, not a misleading marketing campaign.
Although nobody would deny the technical quality of “Tangled”, there has been a lot of critic that the movie is too much like its predecessors. On the one hand that’s true. It’s impossible to see Rapunzel and Eugene in the ボート and not being reminded または Ariel and Eric または to see Eugene die and survive without comparing the scene to the Beast’s death and transformation. But the movie I think “Tangled” is the most similar to is “Mulan”.
This seems to be an odd choice, if あなた only pay attention to the visuals. But if あなた pay attention to the dialogue, not so much. Both 映画 have scenes which are もっと見る deep and thoughtful than what あなた normally expect from this kind of ディズニー movie. Not that there isn’t any deepness in the other ones, but they convey their message もっと見る over the visuals and the 音楽 than over the dialogue. If I had to choose my お気に入り ディズニー Princess quotes, most of them would be from those two movies.
I mentioned before that “Mulan” is もっと見る about asking 質問 than giving an ultimate truth. The same is true for “Tangled”. Is Rapunzel’s power a curse または a gift? At which point does 愛 turn into abuse? How important are dreams in live? It’s also a movie about 秒 chances, and I don’t just talk about Flynn and the thugs, または Rapunzel’s parents who get a 秒 chance with her daughter. The world got a gift in form of the flower, but because Mother Gothel didn’t share it, it got destroyed. The world got a 秒 chance in Rapunzel, but due to Mother Gothel’s greed it got destroyed again.
To me, “Tangled” is the culmination of everything which is good about ディズニー Princess movies. It’s like the old concept of a ディズニー Fairy Tale Movie has been brought to perfection in this one, and one of the few I watched a 秒 time in the theaters, just because it was so good. And I’m wondering how I’ll see this movie in ten years, but I think, it will hold up just fine. Who knows, perhaps it (or “Princess and the Frog”) will be hailed as the movie which started another Golden Age for Disney.
And that concludes my travel through the ages and my memories. There is a lot left to say about the movies, the princesses and the princes, but I’ll do so in other 記事 series. 次 up will be the “Sound check”, and series または 記事 in which I’ll take a good look on the musical aspect. If あなた haven’t answered the picks I created in the last weeks yes, please do so, I’m very interested in your opinion and your comments. Voting for all of them will end at the 18.11, and I hope I will have the first 記事 up the very same weekend.