The Secret Life of Pets ReviewSo what about The Secret Life of Pets? I thought like most Illumination movies, it follows the same pandering animated formula. As Cellspex says, this formula includesCGIComedyCelebritiesBright colorsCliche'sOpposite Sex couplesProduct PlacementGeneric Disney formulaGender rolesUnintelligent humorPets follows this formula to a T. So what do I actually think of the movie? Let's find outPositive Elements:The animation is beautiful and stylized. The animals don't look realistic but they don't have to. I personally am fond of a more stylized animation method and I think when something is too realistic, it is very distracting. The animation on the characters is smooth, beautiful to look at, and the backgrounds are gorgeous. The score is not anything special but it's still fun, upbeat, and entertaining. The development of Duke from an aggressive and unlikable rescue to a good hearted and friendly dog is a good message for first time owners. Always socialize your dogs. Duke
Weekend in the Windy CityHello all,I will not be online till this evening in Chicago time due to the fact that I'm traveling all day today. I'm coming back to my home city for the week so if you are in the Chicago land area and you happen to see me and know me from dA, please say hi. It will be good to get back to Chicago and away from the current hurricane down here in the south. I have not yet sent Miss WafflesSyrup835 her Pokemon sketch yet but I will do that as soon as I come back to the south in a week. I have been busy with exams and I have one more to complete next week but after that I am done with exams for a while...until F-ING MIDTERMS. Also once I get back from this trip, I'll start working on fanart projects again(because thank god my neighbors dog did not bite my hand off). Yes my neighbor has a vicious dog, but it's not as bad as my neighbor in chicago with like, a billion cats all over my yard. See you guys tonight!
AnimationI've had a little bit of experience with animation before. I did a short once that was animated on cells of a cougar running across a beach, I never saved it so I can't post it on my dA, but it was really nice and well put together. Everyone in my family thinks I should pursue animation but I'd rather write stories than animate them. I think the use of cgi is waaaaay overdone and to me, pencil animation looks much better than cgi nausea. I guess I'm the type that likes nostalgia, and I would like to see the film industry pursue pencil animation though I doubt that's happening. I would much rather see Zuko in pencil animation than cgi, and I've seen cgi Zuko before(I have to use him for examples, I own his fan club). I don't know why but I think it would be fun to see someone animate their own version of some of the Nostalgia Critic episodes, cartoon Doug would be hilarious.