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"In my honest opinion, Ernest et Célestine deserved the award for Best Animated Feature. But because I have not researched the production of that film, I will not use it in this argument. So many animation production companies spend YEARS on every movie they produce. DreamWorks has had ‘The Croods' in development since 2007, with ideas tossed around even earlier than that. Yes, Disney’s adaptation of ‘The Snow Queen' has been considered since the 1950s. HOWEVER, this current version - which strayed so far from the original fairytale that they simply decided to rename it as ‘inspired by’ and call it ‘Frozen’ - has only been in development since 2011. That is less than TWO YEARS for development, not only in plot, writing, character design, software, music, score, voice acting, recording, animation, rendering, and everything else that goes into these productions. Keep in mind that halfway throughout this process, the entire plot was scrapped and restarted, leaving even less time. Now, most production companies would simply push back their release date, wait another year, in order to make the best film possible. But not Disney, who decided so stubbornly to finish production that when it came out, THERE WERE FLAWS. Flaws like this are unacceptable in animation, especially from a company so prestigious as Disney.
Now, back to DreamWorks, shall we? The Croods had been in development since at least 2007. And now they’ve confirmed a sequel. The sequel is TENTATIVELY set for release in 2019. That is FIVE YEARS of development, and it’s not even confirmed. ‘Shrek 5' is also rumored to be confirmed, but only just, and already three years after ‘Shrek Ever After’. But five movies had been planned from the beginning. And with HTTYD, the trilogy had been planned from the beginning, explaining the relatively short development time. However, ‘The Croods’ was not planned for a sequel. And neither was ‘Frozen’, even though a sequel has been confirmed, and most likely for theater release.
Do you see my point? ‘Frozen 2' is most likely going to be out before 'Moana' which is scheduled for 2018 (even less time than ‘The Croods 2’). If a production company like Disney is going to shoot for this fast of a rebound time with the SAME CREW, then they better not have ANY flaws, or any slip-ups, because the statement they are trying to make is that they are better. But right now, it seems like they are nothing more than a fairytale adaptation factory. I loved the Disney Renaissance, but even then, the animation and pacing had a lot of flaws until they remastered them, and a movie was released every year. I severely enjoyed ‘Frozen’; I saw it three separate times and I have the album (that I also have issues with but I won’t go into that) - and it was good. Great, even. But its flaws were unacceptable if they are going to try and pull that kind of production time.
There are production companies, independent production companies, that give their sweat and blood and more than half a decade to produce a fantastic film without any flaws. And then there is Disney, which tries to rush through a classic fairytale to deliver a movie that still has flaws. That is my problem with Frozen, and why it should not have won Best Animated Feature.
Frozen, does have flaws; I just didn’t list them because the post was long enough anyway. There’s the fact that Elsa’s hair phases through her entire shoulder during the ‘Let it Go’ sequence, which has been excused as an ‘artistic decision’. Also, Kristoff’s thumb clips into Anna’s side when he lifts her up near the end. The only mild accomplishment I can see from the animation when going into the development is the creation of the ‘Matterhorn’ software, even though it’s only useful for animating snow and sand, possibly dirt or other large masses of crumbling matter, depending on the formulas used. But as for the detail animation, I’d seen better in DreamWorks’ ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, in which the fabric carried a more distinct texture and reaction to the environment around it, as compared to Frozen.
Now, I don’t have formal education in animation or mathematics, so while there may be other flaws in the animation itself, I am not able to comment on them. The above arguments I know from research and analysis by those who do have education in software development. I do have formal training in musical theory, writing, and composing, however, so these next arguments I am able to give a better take on.
There were serious flaws in writing. Not to hate on Jennifer Lee, because the screenplay itself was great, but the lack of character development on Kristoff’s backstory is a minor discontinuity. Also, the concepts of the film contradicted themselves. How was it that Elsa’s powers were able to transfer through her shoes, and yet not through her gloves? As for plot points, the Duke of Wesleton became obsolete as soon as Hans’ plan was revealed. What happened to his entire conflict? Also, the justice given at the end was incredibly weak, especially compared to Disney’s usual standards.
As for music, there were many awkward moments in the score. Just look at the fade into ‘Let it Go’; it wasn’t a good lead-in. The only lead-in that made sense was the track before ‘Love is an Open Door’. The only track from the entire score to carry musical themes was the Epilogue. You could argue ‘The Great Thaw' as well, but it was technically a reprise of 'Vuelie’, not carrying much of a structural pattern. They went so hard for the wintery theme in their music that it ended up losing that theme. Compare the bells of the lighter tracks to the hard orchestral music of the fight scenes, and yet neither of them carry even a hint of similar musical patterns. To emphasize what I mean by musical patterns, see John Powell's score for 'How to Train Your Dragon’, in which the soft scenes and the large fight scenes still manage to carry the same four themes and motifs. (Which, in turn, are almost all present in ‘This is Berk’, aside from the motif for ‘Forbidden Friendship’, which in turn is present throughout other tracks with the other motifs, such as in the track ‘Where’s Hiccup?’. In all honestly, I could do a complete structural breakdown of HTTYD’s score, but now I’m getting off topic.) Or, to compare the score to fellow Disney films, see any score by Alan Menken. Also, the music itself did not blend completely well with the score; as is demonstrated by the intro to 'For the First Time in Forever' reprise. (And yet it won the Annie for Best Music simply because it was a musical…)
And for critics to say that Frozen is the best film since The Lion King? That’s completely disregarding Tangled and The Princess and the Frog. And what about Wreck-it Ralph – which was a fantastic film that had a VERY LONG PRODUCTION TIME compared to other Disney films, having been in concept planning since the late 1980s. See, WIR deserved its acclaim because of how well put together it was, and without flaws (at least no glaringly obvious flaws that could be pointed out without a long analysis afterwards). I saw Frozen three times in theaters, and every time I watched it, I loved it. But the moment I left, I was left with an unsatisfied feeling that was only strengthened by the very obvious flaws that I noticed WHILE WATCHING the film. I’m not saying that every animated movie needs to be flawless, because NO animated movie is flawless (the only one I can think of close to that argument is HTTYD, but arguments can be made for the musically-run scenes and the pacing), but I am saying that Frozen did not deserve the Academy Award, simply because of the sheer amount of errors that were made.
In my personal opinion, 2013 was a weak year in animation, especially compared to 2012. But Frozen was not the best by far, and the flaws are obvious enough to prove it. But thinking optimistically, 2014 is already set up with The Lego Movie, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, HTTYD2, and The Boxtrolls, several films that I am very excited for. This year is going to be great, and hopefully the judges for the Oscars can realize that as well. (Also because The Boxtrolls is probably not for 6-year-olds; so that one judge better rethink his standards.)” — Renoku
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