The trailer for Brad Bird’s The Incredibles 2 dropped a few hours ago and oddly enough the best joke of the trailer happens in the last few seconds with Frozone (Sam Jackson) and his heretofore invisible wife (not because–as far as anyone knows–any superpower than she’s just never appeared in the same room as Frozone yet).
So, this teaser reintroduces us to Jack ‘Jack’ Parr, the latest addition to the Parr household.
And despite the original movie having premiered 14 years ago, he’s not only got no better a grasp over his powers than he did in the first movie but he’s apparently hasn’t gotten significantly older as well.
Which is an advantage when you’re working with CGI, as opposed to actual people.
I am a huge fan of Disney, not because of their characters–which for the most part I find cloying and treacly–than the business acumen of Bob Iger, who had the sense to see the value in LucasFilm, Marvel Studios, and Pixar, all of which he purchased; each of which are virtually licenses to purchase money.
Captain America: Civil War is still in the Top 10–that’s called ‘legs,’ baby–despite being released May 6–has earned earned almost $1.5 billion at the box office, while Zootopia–via Disney Animation–has earned just over a billion.
And you have Finding Dory coming up next from Pixar, and estimates have it opening somewhere in the ballpark of $125 million.
That’s a lot of money.
That being said, what most people think of when they consider ‘Walt Disney’ is probably the theme parks, which is why I found his response to Bernie Sanders, who drew attention to the pay earned by people that work there.
In response Iger asked how many jobs has Sanders created, which is interesting, though sort of silly because that’s not quite how Government works.
Though more importantly, he didn’t respond to Sanders’ point because Sanders was talking about how much people earned who work at Disney’s theme parks, while Iger responded by attacking him for being a Democratic Socialist, on top of asking how many jobs he had created.
As I said, that’s not what Sanders asked. He was referring to how much people earned at Disney theme parks, NOT to how many people they’re employing because Walmart employs a lot of people too, though the last I heard many of them rely on government programs to make the difference from week to week to pay the bills–because their take-home pay is relatively little–though how much they earn is just as important–if not more so–than how many people they employ.
Disney is making money hand over fist, and it’s about time that they send some love–by which I mean money; love is awesome, but it doesn’t pay the bills unless you’re sleeping with your landlord. And your cable and telephone provider (though they’re probably the same)–their workers way because THOSE WORKERS ARE DISNEY, and should be treated as such.
After all, I find Ellen DeGeneres’ voice irritatingly ingratiating and in this particular context so saccharine cute that if I were diabetic I’d be worried about falling into a coma.
That being said, the trailer is pretty captivating. The animation is oftentimes so life-like, the motion of the various sea creatures so fluid that the if it weren’t for their anthropomorphic tendencies they’d approach the photo-real.
As it stands I still think that DeGeneres overdoes it a wee bit, but the movie is filled with so much wonderfulness–typically of the CGI and voice-talent variety–that it’s easy to overlook relatively minor issues.
The quote “What goes up, must come down,” has been attributed to Issac Newton, though apparently no one told Bob Iger over at Walt Disney because two of his studios, Pixar and Marvel Studios, spend most of them time defying gravity, with releases that consistently break box office records.
Though maybe Newton got it right after all because the former had its first box office disappointment with The Good Dinosaur (some have responded more harshly, which is not only unfair, but a bit hyperbolic because it earned almost $314 million on a $200 million budget. And while that doesn’t make it a success, I wouldn’t call it a Gods Of Egypt-level misfire either.)
And the truth of it is, both studios have done so well that a weak performance from either won’t make that much of a difference to their balance sheets.
So what does that have to do with Finding Dory? I’m not sure. The trailer is gorgeous–particularly the almost balletic movement of the stingray migration–but while I found Finding Nemo (which Finding Dory is a spinoff of) to be fun, when I look at this latest trailer all I see is Ellen DeGeneres.
Is that a good thing? I don’t know, it depends on how you feel about DeGeneres. If you find her voice a bit grating–as I do–then this trailer, despite the beautiful animation–might rub you the wrong way.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens–I’m starting to warm up to that subtitle, at last–is approaching the box office of Avatar and I don’t understand it.
What’s confused me is that I don’t understand how it is that Avatar was able to reach such box office heights in the first place.
Let’s be honest, it’s not a particularly innovative movie–besides how it was made, that is–and the story is essentially cowboys and indians (Cowboys & Aliens?) with an environmental twist.
(Though if I were honest, it lost me when they had an AMP–Amplified Mobility Platform–grab a knife).
It’s a battle suit. Make the weapon part of it. That way, it can’t drop it.
Anyway, that’s not to say that the latest Star Wars movie is innovative either–it’s essentially Star Wars: A New Hope, which was mildly disappointing, with some shiny new effects.
That being said, after Lucas’ machine-tooled prequels (which were as innovative as Avatar in their own way) Star Wars fans would have paid virtually anything to see a movie evocative of the original trilogy.
And if LucasFilm under Disney is capable of nothing else it’s creating audience-pleasing entertainment (if their Pixar, Marvel Studios and Disney Animation divisions are any indicator) for the greatest possible amount of people.
I really like the Zootopia trailer. It’s Pixar, which means that it’s going to look great, but unlike other of their movies it looks like it might do less moralizing, and more entertaining.