CINEMATIC APPRECIATION OBJECTIVE: I love movies. They are a combination of every art form- visual and audible, textures and colors and singing and talking and everything beautiful. So I thought I would take some time to fully appreciate the films that capture my heart the most.
Each film is scored on several different levels:
CGI (Computer Generated Images, or basically special effects): (for animation, this is changed to) ANIMATION/RENDERING: 0 being terrible and 10 being phenomenal. COSTUMING AND MAKEUP (speaks for itself): (for animation, this is changed to) AESTHETIC/DESIGN: 0 being inaccurate and 10 being perfect.
SCREENPLAY (script): 0 being filled with plot holes and 10 being flawless.
CASTING (even extras!): 0 being meh and 10 being EVEN THE PERSON ON THE SIDEWALK WAS IN CHARACTER!!!
MUSIC (soundtrack): 0 being a detraction from the film and 10 being an advantage.
And, finally, OVERALL FEELS (my fangirling emotions): 0 being none and 10 being I-can’t-breathe.
“This is such a fun, lighthearted kids movie,” I sob, blowing my nose into my 700th kleenex.
Starring a robotic nurse, The Most Pure Angel of a Brother Ever, and The Kid Who Actually Has Real 14-year-old Feelings.
ANIMATION/RENDERING: 73873698729857394578 out of 10.
oooOOOoOOoOOooooOOOOOHOHOHUHSDKHFJHS this movie’s animation is I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. The colors are vibrant, the shadows are deep, the movement is ridiculously complicated. And the TEXTURES- you can feel it.
There’s also a ridiculous amount of detail packed into every inch of the screen. I could stare at this movie for hours, studying all the tiny pieces. That’s what makes a movie good- when you can keep looking and never see it all.
AESTHETIC/DESIGN: 10 out of 10.
First of all, San Fransokyo. The seamless integration between two major cities from our world is boggling. And this city is just as impressive in daylight…
…as it is at night, when it’s lit up and shining.
You know what else really pops off the screen? Their superhero costumes. The colors are so vibrant, and each design is so unique and customized to the character.
SCREENPLAY: 8 out of 10.
WHAT?!?! I didn’t do a ridiculously out of proportion number that’s definitely not on a 1 to 10 scale this time?!? Surprise. The thing with this screenplay is that it’s INCREDIBLE and AMAZING-
There’s one too many extra-obvious repeating theme parallels. “Unbelievable.” “I’m not giving up on you.” “Use that big brain of yours.” Etcetera and so on. And I mean, I love connections like that… in proper serving sizes. When it’s every five minutes, sometimes it can feel a little forced. I GET IT. I GET THE CONNECTION. YUP, I SEE IT. I GOT IT.
CASTING: 10 out of 10, absolutely.
It’s hard to judge the casting of a movie when you can only judge their voice. With live-action, you also have to judge their face and body language, but with animation, their physical appearance is determined by the animators.
That being said, these voices are spot-on. I feel like Baymax’s voice could have easily been annoying if it was voiced by the wrong person, but they chose just the right mix of AI and personality.
I mean, it’s Henry Jackman. Certified Sob-Inducing Specialist.
OVERALL FEELS: *see above gif*
Being part of the Big Hero 6 fandom is like being in a Secret Club that hands out cheesecake as the snack instead of pretzels. Pretzels = poorly made fanart created from blurry screencaps & the comic sans font. Cheesecake = HORDE OF DELECTABLE FANART, WELL-WRITTEN FANFICS, MIND-BOGGLING HEADCANONS, & PATENTED FEELS.
And there’s TADASHONEY!!!! Which, sadly, upon further inspection, is even less canon than my heart can handle. Literally, there’s only 2 seconds of potential Tadashoney reference in the movie. Good news- the fandom reads into everything, and Honey says his NAME, so obviously IT’S TRUE LOOOOVEEEEEEE
We as a fandom have all collectively denied Tadashi’s death so much, that he lives on through fanart and fanfics. We can’t give up Disney’s most explosive success in just ONE MOVIE. PFFFTTTTT.
We’re a close-knit group of teary-eyed fans.
AND NOW I’M CRYING AGAIN.