Monday, July 31, 2006

Oooof, that smarts....

Ant Bully got it in the the crotch this weekend. With an $8.1 million , 5th place opening weekend Ant Bully isn't looking to set any records. We really weren't expeting to though, we just wanted to make an enjoyable film. I think we did that just fine.

There are so many things you could point to...
CGI glut, "been there done that" ant movie, poor marketing on Warners part...my favorite, "Overt Communist Overtones".... It really doesn't matter...even if hind site is 20/20 whatever mistakes were made will be repeated by somebody, we all know that.

My biggest concerns are for the industry and for
DNA. Everytime a CG film doesn't bring in major bank, studios immediately start shredding documents and cutting jobs. And as for DNA...I love those guys. I owe them so much and I want to continue to see "Paul the Monkey" pop up at them end of something I'm watching.

And remember...give some love and send a comment if you were one of the six or seven people that saw the movie this weekend. I'll be posting some of my shots...ones that were in the movie and some that were cut due to rewrites...in the next week or so.

Cheers,
Matthew

8 comments:

Matthew Russell said...

OK, yo...what you sucka's waiting on? Give me some feedback yo!!!

If you're breath stank, I would tell you. If you had something stuck in your teeth after dinner, I would tell you. If your dress were caught up in your pantyhose, I would tell you Andrew...

So help a brotha out and tell me what you thought of the film.

tomsaville said...

I thought the movie itself was just OK. It was certainly no fault of the animation, lighting and any other department. The voice acting, story, and weak writing really made this movie pretty weak.

When I see it again...it'll probably be on DVD.

The animation was pretty good though. Throughout most of the first part, I saw alot of "W" poses with headshakes...kinda reminded me of the days of Neutron. Toward the end, the acting got stronger and more fun to watch.

Overall, I gave it a 6 out of a 10.

Hey...you wanted honest. :)

pj leffelman said...

well mr. saville, i attribute the acting getting better at the end because that's when i started working on hero animation and my mad skills carried over to the whole team. :) riiiiiiiiiiiight.

seriously though, i agree with tom through and through. it was just a rushed, confusing, not particularly fun movie to watch. if i didn't work on it, i wouldn't be wanting to see it on imax whereas i would still pay good money to see finding nemo on the big screen again.

last point i'll make is one that's been shared by other people i've talked to about it. the film just turned out to not be the film that i saw in animatic form so long ago that i initially fell in love with. that makes me sad.

6 out of 10 from me

Barry said...

Russell,

I would love for you to post some of your thoughts of early development stuff such as design and story and the way things changed. You said something about doing that awhile back, so get to cracking on that. I bet you have some cool stuff to share.

As far as the movie for me, 10 being Nemo, I give it a 6 also. That dosen't mean kids won't give it a 8 or something. Kids are really digging this movie, parents aren't and not to many people drop the 4 to 10 year olds off at the movie alone so seeing it once for a mom or dad is enough.

I agree also with you PJ, it sure aint the movie it was going to be, not that it would have helped the box office any, but it could have been better.

later Mathster...

tomsaville said...

I remember the VERY first cut screened to all of DNA (at the time, I had accepted the position at Blue Sky and was a week away from head out) and it felt stronger than the final product. I think Mommo was more fun to listen to in the animatic too.

Also, why the hell do studios need huge names for voice talent. That really pisses me off. Pixar is taking a leap and getting a "no-name" comedian for the main character in their next film. Right on Pixar...

This is the end of my garbled rant.

sir_tubby said...

is it me or is there multiple ways to interpret that picture. Is it a leg or is it...

Laurel said...

We finally saw Bully. It was VERY hot in Texas last Thursday. Sadly (well, it was OK for us) we were the only three in the theater.

I'm not a professional so my input may or may not be valuable to you. Knowing that I would be blogging, I tried to pay really close attention and not run out to get treats for the kids or go the restroom (we got the small drinks)! I thought it was a good show. I LOVED the ant's-eye view scenes. I thought it had a nice message. Don't know that I'll need to own it, except in support of my favorite animator. It's one of the first times I've stayed for the credits (rude ain't I?).

C:) said...

Hi Matthew
I saw kLango's site and it was very informative. It really pained me to see our movie trashed so badly. 3D IMAX rocks but I did find myself feeling...unfulfilled after seeing it again. I don't feel that want to see it again like with Incredibles - again and again I could watch it. AB, not so much. Never could identify with Lucas, "star" performances felt weak, still love Tress McNellie's Mommo, nothing to take away from the film afterwards.

On the other hand, my 2-going-on-3 daughter LOVES it. She hasn't stopped talking about it since the crew screening. She "plays" with Lucas and the ants. Maybe she needs more friends...
C:)