Saturday, December 04, 2010

Never Let It Be Said...

...that DreamWorks doesn't know how to run a thing into the ground.

Two more sequels in the awful, awful Madagascar franchise.

Two sequels to How to Train Your Dragon. I know that it's a series of books, but the first film was so special, it really didn't seem to me like it needed to say any more.

And six--SIX--more Kung Fu Panda movies. I enjoyed Kung Fu Panda, but I want to see it in six more versions about as much as I wanted to see Shrek the Third: not at all.

Anything original in the pipeline there, Jeff?

Meanwhile, the movie I'd like to see a sequel to, Monsters vs. Aliens, gets nothing but a (surprisingly fun) Halloween special...

7 comments:

Kal said...

Why can't we ever have anything original? Because they are all scared little mice. Let's squeeze every piece of blood from these tales and fuck the rest of us who enjoy our movies. Sigh.

MC said...

I love Kung Fu Panda, but seriously, What the fuck.

GarrettCRW said...

It's amazing how all of these supposedly brilliant folks who leave Disney make astonishingly dumb mistakes in their later careers. Katzenberg hits the sequel button repeatedly, much like how Don Bluth (a far more talented and intelligent guy) failed to own his movies, which led to unnecessary sequels.

Jaquandor said...

Not that Disney is immune...does the world really need Cars 2?

SamuraiFrog said...

Short answer: no.

Long answer: Hell, no.

I think you could make a decent case for the world not needing the first Cars. Pretty to look at, but not my favorite Pixar flick...

Me said...

this is a pretty ignorant post... the movie industry is a very inexact science, and it's getting harder and harder to get butts in seats with the ridiculous rise in ticket prices. i storyboarded a ton on httyd and i'm tremendously proud of it. if you make a first run movie that manages to find an audience, especially as dragons did, you'd be a complete tool NOT to take advantage of that momentum. it's a business. we're here to make money. for all their posturing and arrogance, pixar is even getting into doing this for the same reason. when we come out with turds like monsters vs aliens and it doesn't perform well, (you actually liked it?!) you dust yourself off and try again.
movies based on pre-exsisting properties, like 'spongebob' and 'the simpsons' have an easier go than studios trying to make something entirely new. we keep trying to crack that nut, and sometimes we succeed and sometimes we fail. making a movie resonate with an audience is TOUGH on a first run picture. it costs a family of 4 around 80 bucks to go to the movies and get snacks now...
shrek one did well enough to warrant a sequel, and the sequel made a boatload of money... why WOULDN'T you keep using that franchise as a revenue stream?
furthermore, you don't feel the same way about star wars do you? your favorite one is the second film!
and DON BLUTH is a hack. he only made two or three decent films out of what, 20?

SamuraiFrog said...

Also inexact sciences: my personal taste, your personal taste, the personal taste of the family motion picture audience (just because a piece of shit like Madagascar is popular doesn't make it any less a piece of shit), and your attempts to equate my enjoyment of any sequel with the necessity of opportunistically making sequels to movies that don't seem to require them as though this somehow makes me "wrong."

(For the record, I don't feel the same way about Star Wars, because those movies had a story to tell; if I'm wrong about what DreamWorks has coming up, then I'll be wrong, but it'll still be a matter of personal taste.)

Just because I don't actively want to see sequels to those movies--and who knows, I may like them or I may not, I can't judge something I haven't seen--doesn't make ignorant. Just because I'm sick to death of terrible animated sequels--be they by Disney, Pixar, or DreamWorks--doesn't mean I'm unaware of the realities of the motion picture industry. When I see that DW can make a movie like How to Train Your Dragon, my favorite animated picture of the year, a movie I found touching and special, it's annoying to see the same studio decide it should do six more Kung Fu Pandas instead of moving on to something different.

Bottom line: I understand how it works. I understand why a studio would want to keep these properties alive. I just find it cynical and empty more often than not. I find when something becomes a property instead of a story, it can cheapen the original. That's my personal taste, not an attack on a business plan. I'm an aesthete here, not a businessman. For me, "financially successful" doesn't equal "quality."

I don't know why you felt the need to take it personally, but here we are.