Space Ramblings

When Every Movie Became a Cartoon

It’s hard to say when exactly Hollywood’s main product became 250 million dollar CG cartoons. The Phantom Menace was probably the opening shot and then came everything else and here we are where the movie factory is just turning out people running around against a green screen and shouting at stuff.

Whether it’s Rise of the Apes or The Phantom Menace or Transformers or Wrath of the Titans, these are just really expensive cartoons with cartoon logic and plots. Tintin makes sense since it’s what Hollywood has been doing for over a decade now, grabbing a recognized brand name, building a loud explosion filled cartoon around it.

Past the 200 million range it doesn’t seem like movies are even being made anymore. It’s modern day versions of comics and serials with huge budgets and worldwide distributions. Stories get in the way of foreign box office sales. Any dialogue more complex than a punch line doesn’t translate as well. And no one really wants to see it anyway.

Movies have become what television used to be. A way to get a bunch of people in the same room and then shut off their brains. It’s not as if there’s a point to these anymore. They’re getting more and more disposable, there’s no acting and no reason for them to exist. Spielberg’s blockbusters at least made you feel something more than bored. These are just cartoons, lavish expensive cartoons.

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  • Heavy Armor December 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    The opening shot was “Independence Day.” Nearly every summer blockbuster since has run on the same formula.

  • O_Deus December 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    ID4 was still operating in the Towering Inferno model and those disaster movies were more okay. The budgets were scaled down more reasonably and they weren’t cartoons. They were dumb, but they weren’t the kind of echoing blue screen void devoid of characters or story that something like this is.

  • Amy December 28, 2011 at 3:19 am

    If this film is anything like the last one… uh oh

  • Amy December 28, 2011 at 3:20 am

    And if the last film is anything to go by… uh oh!

  • O_Deus December 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Probably just as vapid and hollow.

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