The thing is, the Annie’s are right. Kung Fu Panda is the better movie.
Wall-E deserved to win technical awards I’m sure. It’s innovative interpretation/translation of real-world lenses and cameras into a 3D computer generated space is a step forward in the art.
Every element of Wall-E is polished, seemingly perfect. Combine this attention to detail with an innovative storyline and wonderful sound design and you should have the superior picture, right?
Nope. Kung Fu Panda is better.
It’s completely lacking in the current smugness of Pixar product. It seems that Pixar has been so successful that this success has, understandably, gone to its head – not in the sense that they’re resting on their laurels, but that the characters of their films have become insufferable. The Incredibles and Ratatouille – stories about accomplished, absurdly talented people and their struggles with being so gifted – please. Every time the Rat opened his mouth you realized he was an assh**e.
As for Wall-E, every frame screamed out – look at me – isn’t this just the best movie ever?
Kung Fu Panda on the other hand is different.
It has genuine charm. It’s scrappy, tough and above all beautiful.
Regarding it’s beauty – the marketing of the picture is a prime example of disingenuous and cowardice in selling pictures to the public. It was marketed to the public as Shrek. The adverts were cherry picked ‘Jack Black Skidoosh’ moments and even the font used in the poster and the opening credits is crude, amateurish.
Contrast this with the film – which is a lovely paean to Taoism.
The plot isn’t predictable as some have said. It’s simple. It’s nature. In fact it could be said to be without plot since we know the story so well – it may be the first story – and so we can simply exist – live in the film.
Live in its beautiful moments of colour and detail.
See it if you get the chance.
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One caveat: Angelina Jolie’s voice work in the film is terrible. I feel for the poor animators who were tasked with her character Tigress. She really does bring nothing to the table; makes me wonder, was she ever really any good?