Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

Dean DeBlois, I am sorry. This whole time, through both Disney’s Lilo & Stitch in 2002 and DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon in 2010, we’ve all been like, “Chris Sanders is so great”, and “good for Chris Sanders, nurturing Stitch as an idea for so many years”, and “poor Chris Sanders, couldn’t make […]

Whatever else you might want to say about DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians, it sure has a mother of a high concept: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and other mythological figures from Euro-American childhood are a Justice League-esque team of heroes. Maybe even too high of a concept, in fact, given how the film […]

Speaking personally, I had absolutely no use for DreamWorks Animation’s 2005 pop-culture-spewing talking animals adventure comedy Madagascar, and only a hair more for 2008’s Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, so perhaps my opinion doesn’t count; but I found Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted to be comfortably better than either of its predecessors, enough to make it […]

As if it wasn’t enough of a drag that Cars 2 sucked: DreamWorks Animation has now followed Pixar* with a movie that takes the heavily, one might say offensively stereotypical comic sidekick of one of their previous hits and places him in an adventure all his own. But unlike Mater Goes Bananas, they did it […]

When Kung Fu Panda came out three years ago, it was greeted with a special kind of enthusiasm beyond what it altogether deserved: for this was not just a perfectly fun talking animal comedy, it was the film that finally, after so many years, proved that DreamWorks Animation could make a good movie (or, if […]

The second of two reviews request by Kara Wild with her donations to the Carry On Campaign; the first is here. Well do I remember when The Prince of Egypt opened: for it was 18 December, 1998, which happened to be my 17th birthday,* and I recall my mother asking if I wanted to see […]

Several years ago, it seems, DreamWorks Animation seemed to have turned a major corner with How to Train Your Dragon – or was it really just this past March? It feels longer, at any rate, since that film came along and showed that the studio born from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s pathological (and entirely justifiable) hatred of […]

A series of rattletrap Disney parodies put out by DreamWorks Animation whenever they need quick access an amount of ready cash greater than the gross domestic product of any given African nation, the Shrek films have never exactly been my cup of tea: they’re snitty rather than clever, they shoulder most of the responsibility for […]

Of all the signs and portents that we are drawing near to the end of human civilisation (floods! earthquakes! economic strife! global unrest!) none has scared me more than this: at last, DreamWorks Animation has made a great animated film; a Pixar-quality film, if I dare say it, despite fear of my blasphemy bringing down […]

Oh, Henry Selick has absolutely pwn3d Jeffrey Katzenberg. Pwn3d the hell out of him. For what feels like about five years, Katzenberg has been promising everyone who would listen that the first quarter of 2009 was going to bear witness to THE 3-D movie, the one that would knock us all on our asses with […]

So, like a clockwork plague, the year’s second DreamWorks Animation feature has stumbled into theaters, and while this summer’s Kung Fu Panda was a shockingly decent effort for the typically underwhelming studio, I’m sad but totally unsurprised to announce that the resolutely unneeded sequel Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is not. Though it is, to be […]

Whatever else may be said of Kung Fu Panda, I know this much is true: it is by far the most visually appealing film yet released by DreamWorks Animation. They’re certainly not in the same league as the masters of the universe over at Pixar, but they’ve never been closer; but maybe at about the […]