LATIMES:Are Hollywood studios cranking out too many animated films?

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  08 August 2013
LATIMES:Are Hollywood studios cranking out too many animated films?

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"The market for animated movies may be nearing a saturation point as audiences confront a growing number of choices, some Hollywood veterans say.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainmen...6903,full.story
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  08 August 2013
Cranking out choices, or cranking out CRAP choices.

I vote the later.
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  08 August 2013
Oh look, it's THAT article again. I've read it literally every year for the last six years at this point.
This one seems to buy into overcrowding being really the chief factor in smurfs2 and turbo tanking... yeah, right, it was totally the overcrowding
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  08 August 2013
I have to agree. It comes down to the quality of the writing, character work specifically. Pixar, imo, hasn't always delivered the best stories and some have been decidedly derivative. However, in whatever they do, they seem to place a huge emphasis on characters. This is something that you often find missing in other CG flicks.

Instead, these movies will end up replacing character development with lame pop culture reference or toilet humor. Most kids, who (unfortunately) seem to be the target audience with these things, are a lot smarter and should be given credit thusly. Ideally, the character work should be multi-layered. Pixar's "The Incredibles" did that so well.

Also, as much as I enjoy something family friendly and wholesome, I think that there's only so long these films can rely on the associated conventions before they become trite. I'm not necessarily saying that there's a formula, but the seams in the patchwork quilt become that much more evident the longer you stare at it. This, imo, is also what's contributing to the fatigue.

This whole thing reminds me of the old Eddie Murphy "Raw" cracker bit (NSFW). In some respects, I think that sums some of this up.
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  08 August 2013
While I agree the quality of the films is the biggest component, I do think audience fatigue is real. So many animated films try for the same 'tone' and eventually some will lose out. One day, maybe, animation gets treated as a medium, not a genre, and it diversifies a bit.
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  08 August 2013
Saturation , but boring saturation. Not very good films. Only a few are good. I think all of it will explode sooner or after... (if it isn´t exploding right now)... Sequels, remakes...
 
  08 August 2013
Sigh.

Why do animated films come under scrutiny for "over saturation" but not live action? Why is the quantity of one particular medium considered but not others?

It seems these journalists can't really get their heads around the concept of a medium in the first place. Is there an issue with the quality of certain films? Now that's a discussion worth having, but making this about the medium itself is lazy.
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  08 August 2013
There's not a lot of new ideas in tone or art direction for 3D animation in films. You see it all the time in indie shorts, that might be grungy or edgy, but not movies. Gotta play it safe
 
  08 August 2013
Funny thing is, in a summer that is supposedly oversaturated with family oriented animated films, Despicable Me 2 hit a major dryspot and cashed in as result.
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  08 August 2013
Originally Posted by leigh: It seems these journalists can't really get their heads around the concept of a medium in the first place. Is there an issue with the quality of certain films? Now that's a discussion worth having, but making this about the medium itself is lazy.


Journalism has gone the way of sensationalism. Many journalists are not interested in content or education of their articles anymore, so I wouldn't expect much accuracy when reading these "articles".
It's either that or journalists have become incredibly uneducated, but I don't want to think that...
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  08 August 2013
Originally Posted by sentry66: There's not a lot of new ideas in tone or art direction for 3D animation in films...


The exact same thing can be said for anything Hollywood for the past 25 years. As Leigh said, it's not the medium but the big studios' lack of risk taking.
 
  08 August 2013
Originally Posted by leigh: Sigh.

Why do animated films come under scrutiny for "over saturation" but not live action? Why is the quantity of one particular medium considered but not others?

It seems these journalists can't really get their heads around the concept of a medium in the first place. Is there an issue with the quality of certain films? Now that's a discussion worth having, but making this about the medium itself is lazy.


Animation is certainly a medium, but ninety-five percent of commercial release animated films are more or less the same genre. The real issue is an over-saturation of family-oriented adventure comedies, but given how rare it is to see an animated film in theaters that isn't a family oriented adventure comedy (and how rare it is to find a decent all-ages adventure comedy that isn't animated), I have a hard time faulting a layperson for conflating the two.
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  08 August 2013
This is happening to cinema in general, not only animated films, imho
 
  08 August 2013
So to sum up.

'There are too many animated films. BUT if you can make a descent toy franchise out of them-there really isn't any financial danger at all. So I'll stop writing now.'

My next article.
'Are there enough toilete scenes in films today?'

Pointless reporting.
 
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