When there's nothing else to post, I have to be a Bitch Critic.
I'm really trying not to judge, but with each new trailer, it [Brave] just keeps getting... worse and more discouraging. The Japanese Trailer is the only thing backing me up and giving me some shard of hope for potential
in this piece of crap film. (If you haven't seen the newest trailer, it should be on YouTube somewhere but I'm too lazy to go find it and link it. Not like you should be impressed or anything.)
For the standards Pixar have previously set (if you can forgive Cars 2)..the trailer of this film looks terrible.
Firstly the animation looks like it was created on someone's Ipad. Has the cheap look of all the crappy animated films like Hoodwinked or open season. No thought or care has been put in. Just a complete rush job. And I will never stop talking about those God-awful backgrounds till the day I die.
Second, all the lame attempts at humour in this film made my stomach turn. I'm starting to think that Pixar should do away with humour in their films...if it's gonna be like this.
Yeah, I have found the trailers very underwhelming. The animation looks very plain, the premise seems muddled and a little vague, the humour looks juvenile, the characters don't seem to have much charm....I just don't find anything about this film very appealing (
other than Merida's beautiful red hair).
This is probably the worst marketing any Pixar film has gotten thus far. I know I shouldn't judge it till I see it but still. Yes, I judged Nemo harshly due to the marketing and ended up loving it, and the same goes for Wall-E. But Brave is different in that it really makes me want to avoid it like the plague.
I'm not actually looking forward to this one at all. I'm still going to go see it, but I'm not saying I'm going to love it. And next year there's Monsters University.....*sigh*. HEADDESK.
Now I'm going to get on my MU soap box.
So the God-awful trailer was released. Whoop-dee-do, and Ooh-la-la!
So I know this has been all over LJ and dA today so I'm late in posting this, but I had tutoring this morning so please bear with me if this is old news for you. I'm just going to rant for a bit and have a GIF Party.
It's one of those WTF? trailers where you're like this when you first watch it:
And then you're like this, I mean pissed, really pissed, you know what I mean?
Not only did it ruin your childhood, but you're a College student, and you're going, ''THAT'S NOT RIGHT! YOU GOT IT ALL WRONG!''
I swear, PIXAR must have been on CRACK or something, because they're running out of ideas.
First complaint: Gods it's in the ''Disco Era'', which was the mid to late 70's.
I thought they were more old school than that, like the 60's. How disappointing. I'd prefer a college movie set in the 60's when it was a crazy time. And honestly, I thought MI was set in the 60's, based on the decor and the design of the factory. But the time period was reminiscent with 80's Cold War politics. Hm. So I thought they'd be going to college in the late 40's early 50's. I guess MI is more upped in the time period than I thought, which means they were born in the 60's if they're 18 and in college in the 70's. Huh. I thought most of the Pixar People went to school in the 60's although some went in the 70's. Idk they didn't make the time period clear. I just assumed it was the 60's based on the look, but the actual politics were in correlations with the 80's. *shrugs*
I wanted the 60's. Not the 70's.
But hey, the 70's means Rocky Horror Picture Show!
And that also means Jesus Christ Superstar!
And that also means the Marauder Era! (Unless you're in the HP fandom you won't know what that means.)
Never mind, the 70's ain't so bad.
But... my second complaint is that the animation is worse than Brave's backgrounds. And I thought they had more technology? *snort* MI looked 10x better than this!
But that's the least of my concerns. First thing's first: I have NEVER, and I mean NEVER seen an accurate college film. Most college movies are comedies and honestly, I don't see ANYTHING funny about college. Monsters University will be a comedy. I'm already being critical here and not looking forward to it. Unlike most, I'm disappointed not because it's a prequel but simply because it's a satire on college! Don't get me wrong, I love satire, but satirizing school is one thing that does not make me a happy camper. Why? Well, let me tell you something. Right now, I'm currently still a senior in High School, set to graduate,
hopefully by the end of the year. However, I am non-Proficient in math, and it boils my blood. I've busted my ass in school for nearly 13 years, I've always been a straight A-B student with a GPA of 3.75 according to my current transcripts. I've passed all my SAT's and Science, Reading and Writing Proficiencies, on top of that, I've already been accepted into UNLV. BUT because the School Board says so, I cannot graduate with a diploma or attend the college I want to because I can't score a fucking 244 on a stupid math test. Basically, this math test is going to determine my future, and I've failed this thing five fucking times already despite intense studying and paying top price for private tutors. If I don't pass by the end of the year, what do I get? A lovely Certificate of Attendance. 13 years of sweat and blood and for what? No diploma, just because of a stupid math test. Yes, I can still test for a GED, but my problem is that most people who get GEDs are not students like me. Most people walking around without High School Diplomas are dropouts like my stepbrother or those without enough credits like my uncle. It frustrates me to no end that a straight A-B student like me with a GPA of a 3.75 is only going to get a Certificate of Attendance or a GED because I'm math fucking illiterate. That's not my fault; I try very hard to understand the material, but it's the way the test is set up. I don't even think tests like the Proficiencies should exist at all. Good grades and a high GPA should be enough to get you a diploma. I will not accept a COA- - I didn't bust my ass for 13 years to settle for a worthless piece of paper that can't get me into a university or get me a job, for that matter. It's so unfair, and the weight of this test on my shoulders has been the source for my constant stress and deep Depression as of late. It's literally eating me alive, dammit. (I wrote this before I got math help so I was still pretty pissed off- excuse my French- that I didn't pass the test, but now I am getting help from a professional tutor who specializes in teaching the Proficiencies, NOT just math, so I feel more confident about passing next time in July. So scratch everything above. Sort of.)
So enough about me.
Back to my original topic: there is nothing worth laughing about college. Not only am I having trouble getting my diploma, but I also had a handful of stress during the summer and the beginning of this school year trying to apply for scholarships. For one, scholarships are made available to almost everyone nowadays, yes, however, it's difficult to actually get one. I must've applied for 18 of them, a good estimate, and didn't get a single one. I was torn. Nowadays, you have to be poor or a minority (I don't think women count) to get the ''good'' scholarships, and being lower middle class and non-white but not a minority (I'm Italian- yes there exists Italian scholarships; and I'm a woman and couldn't find a single one for just women), it was hard finding scholarships that were right for me. Well, even though I didn't get a single one, I decided to apply for Student Loans and Financial Aid. The only problem with the latter is that your family has to have lower than $5000 income to apply and even though my family has higher income than that, we're not rich either. See what I mean?
I bet Pixar is going to make it look like ''the birds and bees'' to get into college. Okay, maybe that's a bit extreme, but still. But if people- er- monsters in this case can go ''Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love'' then they can just as easily say the same for getting into college: ''Let's Do It, Let's Go to College''.
But college isn't for everyone: it's hard to get into college, it's hard once you're in college, and it's hard to get out. Because kids end up taking too many classes or missing credits due to the weight of their baggage, and so they bail out. The dropout rate is high in the state of Nevada at least, mostly among men, go figure. Haha, very funny.
Of course, Pixar is basing the college life off the time THEY went to college, and back then, it was a whole other ball game. Back in the day, you didn't have Proficiencies. Everyone who went to High School and made it through all four years without dropping out got a diploma. Simple. But college was the other side of the spectrum. Most Pixar people are Baby Boomers, and college was- well, it still is- VERY expensive. To be frank, college was mostly the norm for white rich Christian males. No minorities, less than 2% of women, and there weren't scholarships that existed for minorities or poor folk. Of course, most Pixar people actually admit they didn't attend ''real'' college- just expensive art schools in L.A.- which is why they toured several ''real'' college campuses such as Cambridge (yes, Cambridge) and Oxford, among others. But even in the 60's when most of the Pixar people were probably attending college, it was a different way of life than it is today. Especially during the Vietnam War, most men (who could afford it anyways), went to college to escape the draft (it was either that or flee illegally, mind, to Canada). Those who couldn't afford it were drafted or... fleeing to Canada. But anyways, not all Pixar people were attending college when it was the only but expensive option for safe refuge; most were probably attending college in the 70's, rather. Or later than that. My parents never went to college so they can't tell me directly how it was. My grandparents- the original Baby Boomers- never attended either. Neither did my uncles, aunts, cousins, uncles- (one attempted but failed because he couldn't pay off student loans). Frankly, NO ONE in my family has attended college (I may be the first if I ever get far enough) so no one can tell me exactly how hard or easy it is. But I do have friends who are in college or studying at a university, and well, there's nothing to laugh about there. Freshman year is always hardest, of course, until you adjust, but there's more homework, professors instead of teachers, 2 hour classes, blah blah blah. I've heard it all.
Do I still want to go? You bet. (Now if only I can get my bloody diploma.)
I think it would be more realistic if Pixar presented obstacles for their cast of characters. Instead of having everybody applying to this University of Fear and getting accepted on the whim, it would seem more realistic if a few struggled to get in and fell behind (perhaps they had to go to a community college first before transferring their credits over to the University), or perhaps another struggles while they're in. Maybe somebody isn't a good test taker, maybe one studies too much, or studies too little. Maybe there's a bit of mature experiments (not necessarily drug or sex related, God forbid,) but perhaps a battle to become more adult and a defined citizen in society. Even though at 18 one is usually past the awkward stages of the early teen years, 18 still poses big challenges in life: the scary transition to adult-hood. Right now, I'm at that stage in life to the point where I worry too much about the future rather than living in the moment, in the NOW. I'm frightened as to whether I'll be successful in life or not; I'm terrified of what lies ahead-- not exactly going out into the world- but just living up to my expectations of who I want to be.
These kids- er- monsterlings are determined to become Scarers. I'm determined to become a filmmaker. Goals are different, but the idea is still the same. You don't necessarily need school to do either, but it helps to build experience and have credentials.
If I don't pass this math test, and I don't end up going to college, my life will be fucked, excuse my French. It's painful to know that a stupid math test will write out my whole life.
With college comes optimistic feelings yet it's a horror story.
I have a feeling this isn't going to be an accurate college movie.
Then again, when was Pixar ever accurate about anything?
Thankfully unwelcome, Nya.