So I just got back from seeing The Croods with my Grandparents and I have 2 things I really want to talk about!!
The first thing: the movie.
OH. MY. GOD.
I loooved it ahhhhh!!!!
The animation was FANTASTIC!! You can totally tell that the animators put a lot of thought into the textures and colors and character designs, but mainly the real gritty textures, like rocks and the wiry hair. It was just soooo UGHGHG like I could go on for DAYS about how great Dreamworks is in general about getting detail right! But two things that had the greatest impact on me were the textures in the hair and the canyon they lived in at the start of the movie.
The hair in this movie was just GREAT! I know that most movies have characters with different hair textures all the time–like Brave! Merida’s hair doesn’t look like Elinor’s and Elinor’s doesn’t look like Lord MacIntosh’s, but Merida’s hair looks like her brother’s and (kind of) her father’s.
In The Croods, everyone’s hair is unique! Like Eep’s hair looks like her mother’s, color-wise (Sort of an awesome mix of red and brown–and not of chunks of red hair and chunks of brown hair, it’s like these tiny individual hairs mixed together, but it works amazingly!!), but the textures are so different! You can’t really tell for the most part, but after Ugga lets her hair down you can see that the texture (or at least how well they keep it) is totally different! Ugga’s hair has this smooth, graceful wave to it, while Eep’s hair has this kind of wild, wiry look and it just kind of sticks out crazily!
(This isn’t really a good example, but I couldn’t find any good pictures of her hair down. But you can still tell how shiny and smooth the portion in front of her headband is!)
It’s really interesting because someone thought this all through, and this design applies to their characters! Ugga’s the sort of peace-keeping mother (especially between Grug and Eep) and smoothes down a lot of situations! But Eep’s the one who just won’t do what she’s told, kind of like her unruly hair!
And the people hair is ALSO different from the animals’ hair! And ALL THE ANIMALS’ HAIRS ARE DIFFERENT!!! Like the colorful tiger (if he had a name it escaped me ^^”) has this sort of soft but kind of matted-in-some-places looking hair, and it makes sense! The longer parts are kind of tangly, and the shorter parts are more separated! And of course Belt has this sort of thick, slothy hair that’s completely different from the tiger’s!!
AND THE DIRT TEXTURE!!!! AHHHHH!!
They do such a good job of making the characters look dirty and grimy!! And I think the minute I fell in love with the film in the trailer was when they emerged from the canyon covered in this layer of dust, it just looked SOO GOOD!!
And the canyon they first lived in? Oh my god it was legitimately perfect!
My family took a trip to Canyonlands in Colorado one year and the canyons looked EXACTLY like that one! It was just soo well done, and the characters didn’t look out of place!
But anyway, I could go on about how much I LOVED all these quirky, awesome characters, or how cute Guy and Eep are together (AHH!!), or about how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE Grug (Poor guy, though!), or about how FANTASTIC Sandy is, or about how it made me STINKING CRY LIKE 20X BECAUSE IT WAS SO GOOD, but I feel like this post is already much too long and I still have another thing to talk about!
Although this isn’t… it’s not a good thing.
Subject number 2:
Something that (in my opinion) shouldn’t exist. Because it’s based upon something that wasn’t really that good in the first place. And because it’s being produced by the WONDERFUL animation studio that brought you pretty much all of the horrible Disney sequels.
That’s right, I’m talking about Planes.
No. NO. NO.
Like I understand that Disney made a lot of money with Cars, and that’s great!! And I understand that Cars 2 was probably just to make more money, and even though it was kind of lame, it still involved cars. But Planes is about PLANES GOSHDARNIT!!! That’s like… not even the same universe!!
To make things brief:
There are a LOT OF THINGS I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND ABOUT PLANES.
Going to Read More because I accidentally posted like a super long and unnecessary rant because GOSHDARN IT THIS FRUSTRATES ME!!!!