If you recall, I dropped a little extra for you at the end of my last postage, the song Everything is Awesome from The Lego Movie. Why did I do that? Because everything is awesome… when it comes to animation. Well a lot of it is, anyway, and that song teased a bit about what I’ll be talking about today. Yeah, I’m talking about the Lego-movie, sure, but that’s not the only thing I’ll be talking about. But let’s start with that one, shall we…
As a lot of us out there, I too, grew up building Lego’s. I had boxes of it and, yes, I stepped on a lot of it… and it does hurts like a mother#%&@€!, so obviously I was a bit anxious about how the hell they could make a movie about Lego work. I finally got to see the damn thing, and I was not in the slightest displeased with it. In fact, I giggled and smirked my way through the entire film, with the occasional out loud-laughter, because this film is a frikkin masterpiece. The voice-acting, the story, the live-action segment, the way it brings back a lot of fond memories from my childhood, it all fits together like… well, like Lego’s…
Sure, it wasn’t the greatest animated film I’ve ever seen (which you all know by now is The Lion King), but it sure as hell held up against a lot of other great animations I’ve seen through the years, so instead of delving deeper into the land of Lego, let’s stroll down memory lane and think about some of the past’s great Animation features, and we’ll be starting with my Runner-Up on the greatest Animation ever made, Toy Story!
A movie about toys being alive when the kids’re not watching them… that’s brilliant. Sure enough, it’s Hollywood so it’s not entirely original, but the way it was put together, with a story like that, it was Brilliant! And the way it changed the way animated movies for future ideas, mindblowing at the time, I’ll tell ya. And me personally, I loved it so much I even got the videogame for the Sega Genesis, yeah… and hell, I even played Toy Story 2 when my kid brother got it on the PC. Tom Hanks (Woody) and Tim Allen (Buzz) gives us an unforgettable story about rivalry turned alliance and the way kids looks at toys had for ever changed. Oh and eh… haha, that Sid-kid, yeah I was that guy. Sorry, toys….
What do we have next? Oh, how could I forget … it’s Shrek, the ogre who just wanted to be left alone. This is probably the only animated movie that could be justifiably compared to a Buddy-Cop movie, with the hero and his annoying sidekick (yeah that’s you Donkey), but it uses the old fairy tales we grew up with to create a new world of magic and wonder for kids all ages (all the way up to old adult-kids, that is) and the voice acting is superb all the way through.. and hey, it even gets a shot in at The Matrix (which was pretty common at the time, though). A fantastic film for the whole family and I know, that I’ll be able to watch that movie in say.. 10 years, and still laugh as hard as I did back then. A superb addition to any Animated film-collection!
Up next, we have the surreal take on that whole Superhero-bit that’s been going on for a while. That’s right, I’m talking about The Incredibles. Again, a movie that changed things up a bit, with the Archetype Superhero (which to me feels like a Batman/Superman-lovechild of sorts) who tries to lead a normal family life but can’t seem to forget about his past and insistingly drags himself and his whole family back into it. Yeah, this was a great film and if you still haven’t seen it (I know some people who hasn’t, actually), you deserve a few lashings. The coolest thing about it, though, is Sam Jackson’s Frozone, but whenever Jackson’s in the movie, he’s bound to be the coolest part about it (with the Robocop-remake as an exception!).
Last, but not even a little bit least, we have what can easily be served as one of the funniest, most hysterical animation of all time (to me, that is), in both English and Swedish dubs…. and the film I’m talking about, the one that put sloths on the map, is Ice Age. Yeah, nothing newsworthy there, right? No, just a fantastically animated film about the oddest group of companies ever. I mean, a mammoth, a sabretooth tiger and a sloth, carrying around a human baby? How is that not a disaster? Well it is, as you know, at times a complete disaster but it all works out in the end. Well… almost, anyway. In my experience with movies, they never seem to stop when they should. A great trilogy does not need a fourth installment and the Ice Age-franchise proves just that. This series would’ve easily been on my favorite-list if it weren’t for that Chris’ awful ..Continental Drift gook from 2012. But hey, we got those amazing Scrat-shorts from it, at least, so there’s that…..
There you have a little bit about what I think about some animated features. I have a lot more to say about all of’em, but I’m gonna leave you with this for now, ’cause I’m gonna go watch a movie! Hell yeah I am, and if you’re lucky, I’ll be back here later to talk about it, but until then…..