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Old 27-03-2013, 19:25
sjames
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Went to see The Croods, the latest Dreamworks film in 3D this afternoon.
Very few people in the cinema and overall I thought it was a poor film.

In fact my review can be summed up like this...

Inside a Dreamworks Board Meeting…(aka sjames' film review of The Croods)

Board Member #1: Ok, we’re Dreamworks, we try and want to be like Disney but it never quite works. So we need to think of an awesome new animated film we can make…what’s popular at the moment?

Board Member #2: End of the world. That’s big right now.

Board Member #3: Sloths. Everyone loves Sloths.

Board Member #1: Great start. Oh yeah, the film’s about a family too.

Board Member #2: Brave was big hit for Disney/Pixar last year, so we can have a strong female lead that looks like Merida but changed just slightly.

Board Member #3: Well if it’s a family, just make sure we’ve got all age ranges covered, looking similar to The Incredibles, and including a granny so we can target everyone when it comes to marketing. Oh and we need the famous smirk too.

Board Member #2: Let’s set it in old times, and people love history. How about cavemen? Gives us plenty of scope for scenery and animals and sloths we can sell as toys (probably!)

Board Member #1: Awesome. It’s gonna be in 3D too so we need lots of actions and scenes that look good.

Board Member #2: Easily done, we’ll take inspiration from Alice in Wonderland and the new Oz film for the style and look.

Board Member #3: Yes, and we can get Owl City to do the end credits song, and they’re hip right now and it worked well on Wreck-It Ralph.

Board Member #1: Great. Now what about casting?

Board Member #2: Well, Nicholas Cage grunts in everything he does, so he’d be perfect as a caveman.

Board Member #3: And Emma Stone’s popular now that she appeared in The Amazing Spider-man. You know Marvel’s owned by Disney now?

Board Member #1: Sounds like we’ve got a plan then guys.

Board Member #2: Shouldn’t we plot out a storyline?

Board Member #3: Nah, we don’t need to do that, just recycle elements from our last few films, Disney’s better at stories anyway.

(As they get up to exit)

Board Member #2: Why do you keep mentioning Disney anyway? Anyone would think you worked for them or something?

(Board Member #3 looks sheepish and makes a quick escape.)
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Old 28-03-2013, 13:34
Virgil Tracy
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well these films take about 3 years to make so I don't think some of the rip-offs you cite would really be the case .

I saw it , its ok , its aimed at a very young audience I'd say , interesting that the female lead is rather chunky which made a nice change .
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