In case any of you don't already know, I am an animation fan. It should show; I'm taking courses on animation in college, and one day hope to get into the field myself, one day writing feature films and television series.
It's just that I have a severe obstacle in my way, one which I can't help.
Modern animation isn't made in a studio. Modern animation is made in a factory. And the crowning achievement of this factory is its Assembly Line. This assembly line is outsourced to by all the animation studios, from Disney to Dreamworks. And because an assembly line is meant to homogenize production, it means that all modern animation looks the exact same. The characters are the same, the bullet points are the same; there literally is nothing new under the sun.
And quite frankly I'm sick of it. So I'm going to start making my point.
That is why, starting today, I'm creating a new series on my blog, updated irregularly, called "Assembly Line Theater." Here, I will be going through an inspection checklist on animated movies, pointing out their cliches and stereotypes.
However, if there's one thing I live by, it's that I have to actually contribute something to the world. If I hate it, and everyone else hates it, then I'm not adding anything new, am I? And since I'm better at analysis than criticism, since most criticism I make is just "I hate it, it's stupid, it sucks," ad nauseum, I will be looking at critically-acclaimed animated works. Think of it as the difference between me being part of a large protest, being drowned out by other protesters who are louder than me; I'm more doing a heckling of a fascist dictator during a rally where everyone's cheering. Will I suffer? Doubtlessly. But I'll get my word out.
A good rule of thumb is: If the movie has a negative score on Rotten Tomatoes, I'm not covering it. If it's on the TV Tropes So Bad It's Horrible page, I'm not going anywhere near it. If one of the tropes listed for it is "Cliche Storm", I'm not touching it with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole. If it got nominated for Best Animated Feature, and especially if it won, then it has my full, undivided attention, and I will attend its rally from the sidelines, and if I don't like what it's saying, I'll assassinate it.
I hope you find the experience eye-opening.