23 February 2011

Movies: Despicable Me

Evil scientist Gru adopts 3 little girls that sell cookies door-to-door in order to infiltrate the fortress of up-and-coming evil scientist nemesis Vector that stole the shrink ray Gru just stole.  Voice talents include Steve Carell, Jason Segel, just to name two of the biggies cast.

A much better animated flick for kids than Igor was, and much better than Planet 51. This had a good core story and in the end hearts are melted.  It didn't go out of its way to be cutsey, hip, popculture-y.  It didn't have a bunch of forced "this has to be funny because we're telling you it is funny" stuff in it.  Igor producers could've learned a lot by realizing it isn't just the icing that makes cake tasty.

It was entertaining, had its cute moments, didn't have a bunch of music that had nothing to do with what was going on in the story.  It had a little excitement and action, some tender moments. Probably works well for kids, and certainly worked a lot better for the adult viewer than Igor did.  And gee - it isn't a Pixar or Dreamworks but it still was a good animated flick.  Of course it borrowed from the "things we know work well in past Disney cartoons" animation manual, just as Pixar and Dreamworks have.  The little yellow minions reminded me a little of the slugs in Flushed Away, or the alien doll things from Toy Story.  Regardless, they worked within the story, they were funny and cute.
I appreciated that the voice acting wasn't a bunch of well-known actors making sure they're recognized as themselves voicing animated characters -- they actually had voices that fitted the animated characters they portrayed. Good on them.

So if you have to pick an animated film out of Igor, Planet 51 and this, go for this every time.

(original post 12 Feb 2011)

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