- May 19, 2017
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Avatar and Ferngully one after the other,
its a rip off. ]
Did Avatar rip off FernGully? - Feature | Sci-Fi Movie Page
Stumbled across "Invincible" on Amazon Prime right as it dropped its first three episodes. It's Kirkland's (TWD) superhero narrative that I never bothered to read since I had stopped buying comics in that time period anyway, and knew almost little to nothing about (which actually is a benefit here, considering some major revelations in the story).
With the animation and voicing seemingly modeled after '90's cartoons, I wasn't that impressed by it at first, especially the first fifteen minutes. It just seemed sorta dumb, despite the massive number of familiar names in the cast list. There's little attempt to evoke emotion in the voice acting or animation style, it all felt a bit stilted or cheap. The middle was a bit more interesting, even if too familiar.
Then, well, there was the last 10-15 minutes which was like, "OH, so THAT's the direction we're going now!" That was a bit crazy.
So I'll probably watch the other two that released. The last five episodes of the season will then drop on a weekly basis.
There's also a huge bit of irony considering the lead is Steven Yeun and there's a number of TWD cast here, in terms of how the Episode 1 plot goes. It's almost like an inside joke to the fanbase of TWD.
Oh yeah, Avatar is kind of a rip-off of Fern Gully, Dances with Wolves, and Disney's Pocahontas. But it still made a bejillion dollars. Go figure. (In its favor, most of the actors were great aside from Worthington, the world building was sweet + the animation at the time, and the longest cut improves some of the story weaknesses.)
I have no idea how Avatar 2 is going to do or if it's going to rip off some other film.
Raya and the last dragon , adorbs
I feel you , I went to the movies here to watch it for the same reason!Episode 5 of Invincible was better and I appreciate the moral grey. Daddy Invincible is pretty shady but he's not always wrong, even if some of his reasoning is selfish/suspect. Meanwhile, they're doing a decent job showing the difficulty in maintaining a secret identity w/ a social life. I'm still not super-keen on the animation styles, and I'm not sure why some people like the voice acting. It has improved a bit but it's still like they just tossed people into private booths without much sense of overall dramatic arc -- if there is anything that is successful, it's due to the actors knowing how to deliver lines and bringing their own readings from past dialogue, not about someone providing direction. Went back to watching Six Feet Under again, partway through Season 2. this is my second watch through, and my first was probably about ten years ago. So it's neat to watch it all again, knowing how each story arc ends, and seeing how things develop beforehand. I think what the series does well -- along with create nuanced grey characters -- is showing how opaque the future is to all of us. We see characters making the best decisions that they can at the time; some of them stick, some don't; some are the right decision, some are the wrong ones; some of them self-correct over time because the characters become more aware. I like seeing Claire move from a confused and rather belligerent / pushback style teenager into a young woman with a clearer sense of who she is and what her gift to the world is. The show is investigating her various attempts to clarify her own vision, and I know what she eventually settles on -- it all makes sense. Also, I know people like to harsh on Brenda... but in some ways she is more honest about herself than other characters who are better loved. Knowing where she ends up makes me see all this as preparation for that future and justifies a kinder reading of her past confusion. Yes, she makes some world-class mistakes and/or choices out of selfishness at times, but she's also trying to find her way in a world where everyone tried to suck her dry. Getting back to character nuance, I like how smart/good characters still sometimes make a gaff or do something selfish, because we're all human; and vice versa, as well. Watching the whole David and Keith thing, too... awwww. THe show knew it a long time before we did, it's just taking a long time to play everything out. I want to see it, i just can't bring myself to pay $30 for early release on Disney+. Sigh.