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FTMN Poll and Lamb MOTM

I’ve been watching a lot of animation lately and wanted to know what you think about it? I’m a big fan of animation, both hand drawn and CG from Toy Story to Shrek to DC and Marvel animation to classics like Secret of NIMH to anime like Akira. The one thing that most people can’t get past is that it’s not a genre, it’s a medium. An animated movie can be anything from G to R to XXX, and even though popular opinion may slowly be changing, it’s still generally considered to be kids stuff.

Aside from the poll, I also wanted to plug another Lamb event – the Movie of the Month. Every month, up to 10 Lamb members choose a movie that gets put on a poll on the Lamb site (top right corner). The winner becomes the Movie of the Month and Lamb members are encouraged to watch and review it, and it’s also the topic of that week’s Lambcast. I tossed my hat in the ring this month with the movie that I enjoyed the most this past month, Gremlins 2: The New Batch. So if you want to hear me talk about the movie on a podcast, which will be my first podcast, go to the Lamb and vote for Gremlins 2!

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About Bubbawheat

I'm a comic book movie enthusiast who has watched and reviewed over 300 superhero and comic book movies in the past four years, my goal is to continue to find and watch and review every superhero movie ever made.

Posted on June 18, 2012, in Polls and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Well, I think you know I have your back on this one. Animation is just a medium, and it can be used to tell any sort of story. I love CGI, hand-drawn animation, stop-motion, any of it. I do think it’s a shame that so much of everything seems to have be CGI right now, though… hand-drawn shouldn’t fall by the wayside.

    I also think it’s a shame that more grown-up subject matter doesn’t get handled with animation very often. I mean, yes, I enjoy the family-oriented stuff (and most of the so-called “children’s movies” are really aimed at everyone.) But there’s nothing saying that a serious drama, or a science-fiction movie can’t be handled in animation. But the only ones to really try that much are the Japanese (and Japanese animation gets a disproportionate fandom because of that), the occasional independent European director (loved The Triplets of Belleville), and Ralph Bakshi (who didn’t have a lot of genuinely good movies, though American Pop is worth watching.) There hasn’t been much of a concerted effort to making a serious grown-up animated feature in the U.S. Just Bakshi, really. But there’s no reason it has to be that way… it just is. And I don’t know if the audiences would go for an adult (not “adult”, just adult) animated feature or not.

    • I forgot to mention stop-motion, probably because it’s fallen more to the wayside than hand drawn animation. Only the Tim Burton produced movies and Robot Chicken still use it that I can think of off the top of my head.

      I actually remember watching Bakshi’s Wizards when I was young and enjoying it, though most of it probably went over my head, and started watching his Lord of the Rings the other day – I appreciated a lot of what he was doing, but just kept thinking how much better the live action version was.

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