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DreamWorks' Answer to Flintstones?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by D'Snowth, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

  2. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The Croods was originally a film called "Crood Awakening" and it was supposed to be an Aardman Animation co-production with Dreamworks before Aardman just up and left. And it was originally written by John Cleese. It's a shame we'll never see his movie. It would have been much better.

    I'd say, if anything, this is their answer to Ice Age with an all cave person cast instead of prehistoric animals. Saw the preview and it just didn't leave an impression on me.
  3. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    So, if I may: your theory is that DreamWorks is trying to give us an answer to Blue Sky's answer to DWs' creation... in other words...

    Shrek = DreamWorks
    Ice Age = Blue Sky's answer to Shrek
    The Croods = DreamWorks' answer to Ice Age = Blue Sky's answer to Shrek = DreamWorks

    My brain hurts.
  4. snichols1973 Well-Known Member

    Yes, he not only developed the L&S movies and TV series (his only involvement with the anime series involved a number of scripts), he was also the voice of Stitch / Experiment 626; in addition, he worked on Muppet Babies as a character / model designer, and co-directed DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon, as well as creating the Dragons: Riders of Berk TV spin-off.

    It could be worse if Seth MacFarlane were to succeed in reviving The Flintstones for primetime Fox; I just couldn't bear to think of what would happen if the Flintstones revival turned out to be more like a stone-age version of Family Guy....
  5. jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    Croods looks like another CG film where they forgot to add the jokes. It's a beautiful trailer. I'm just not compelled to see it.
  6. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry, but Hanna Barbera already ruined the Flintstones in the 70's with the Pebbles and Bam-Bam show. And worse... the Flintstones Comedy show which managed to rope one of the greatest super heroes of all time into it and make one of the worst cartoon of all time out of him. I'm talking "Fred and Barney Meet the Thing." For those who don't know, Ben Grimm is a teenager with friends pulled straight out of Fat Albert and turned white who can turn into a Happy version of The Thing at will. Thus tearing away what made the character so special.

    Also, Cave Kids was crap. Thank frog it didn't last too long.

    Still, The Flintstones is a dream project for Seth. The thing that's really stopping him is Fox just about forcing him to focus on Family Guy, even though he does want it to end.

    It seems to have little more than a heavy handed moral about following dreams or something. The Muppets practically own that Aesop for one thing. It seems like yet another daughter/daddy plot, and there's nothing very ambitious about the story so far. For a film about not being afraid to explore, it sticks to cliches in an almost frightened manner, thus being hypocritical. I'm sure the other trailers will show that this movie is more than just lush 3-D background porn, but so far, I wish this was the stop motion film written by Cleese that it was supposed to be.

    Still, the plot line of Turbo is absolutely idiotic. It's Bug's Life Meets Cars with less substance.
  7. ZeppoAndFriends Well-Known Member

    Not to mention the poster looks like it's from some DTV ripoff...of...something.

    [IMG]

    And some people are saying Dreamworks is going to eclipse Pixar. I don't see that happening just yet.
  8. charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Is that the real poster? It looks AWFUL, especially the date just tossed into the corner like that. They better put something better out if they want people to get behind the movie.
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  9. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The sad thing is, they were very close to, and their movies were getting better. Just the 2013 outlook has a meh Caveman movie, a lame celebrity overload bug movie, and Peabody and Sherman... and the latter has the most promise! That was pretty much the case last year, though, with Pixar having Cars 2, but Dreamworks's Kung Fu Panda 2 (which had a deeper, darker storyline than the first) and the shockingly amazing Puss in Boots. I hear more and more positive things about their films since Over the Hedge. Even this year had the best Madagascar (at least, since the first) and the quite brilliant Rise of the Guardians. Turbo just sounds like something terrible they would have done after Shark Tale.

    2014, Dreamworks is working on a movie called "Me and my Shadow" which blends CGI with traditional style animation. That seems to completely eclipse any idea they have next year.
  10. robodog Active Member

    That Turbo poster makes it look like Dreamworks is going back to it's crappy Shark Tale roots. It's hard to believe the company that produced great films like Shrek, Monsters Vs Aliens and How To Train Your Dragon can also produce crap like this Turbo nonsense.
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  11. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Wanna hear the worst part? They want to make it a massive franchise and are planning a cartoon series and all this merchandise. Something tells me that if I want Peabody and Sherman stuff, I have to eat Happy Meals.

    But really, such confidence in such a stupid premise to have that big of plans for them. It seems like they want a piece of the Cars pie and came up with their own little spiritual knockoff that's just original enough to not technically be a knockoff. And they're back to their every celebrity under the sun roots too. And yet, I'll probably wind up seeing it and liking it somehow.
  12. robodog Active Member

    That's just terrible. I think I prefer talking cars to an anthropomorphic snail. While I'm not a huge fan of Cars, the movies do sort of appeal to the side of me that likes robot/living machine stories. But the Cars characters are too over anthropomorphised for me to really get into the movies. The only people I can see getting into this Turbo thing are very small children and bug furries.
  13. Drtooth Well-Known Member


    Wanna know the worst part? The idea of a racing Snail (or rather Centipede with a Snail as a trainer) was an Aesop and Son cartoon from Rocky and Bullwinkle. Seems like yet another plastic "follow your dreams because you can be anything, especially things that are completely and utterly illogical" moral that they shove into kid's films.
  14. robodog Active Member

    I don't remember that particular episode but I'm guessing Rocky and Bullwinkle probably did it better than Turbo will.

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