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This film contains some of the worst music I have ever heard*. Apart from wincing at the bad clothes (badly animated and badly designed), endless, repetitive did-you-notice-it gags, the half-hearted messages about being yourself and the up-down animation quality, the fact that I was attempting to claw out my own ears and groaning "dear god when are they going to stop murdering [insert title here**]" every other song was a bit of a mood-killer.

That said, there was a bit of an interesting gay subtext, although that could probably be summarised as the animators thinking I'd rather bone an annoying talking animal than a fat chick.

*And I've seen The Lion King. And 8½ Women.
**Select from: Ever Fallen in Love, Ch-ch-changes, Holding out for a Hero, probably some others. Who knew I even cared about Holding out for a Hero? I suppose it was the sort of cover that would bring out your sympathy even for the most embarassing songs.

EDIT
Shit. Even the Mona Lisa's falling apart.
The BBC agrees, describing the Pete Yorn cover of Ever Fallen in Love as "earbleeding".

Comments

cleanskies
13th Jul, 2004 03:22 (UTC)
pfeh
I was probably just in a bad mood becuase the popcorn was stale ...
(Anonymous)
13th Jul, 2004 03:59 (UTC)
Re: pfeh
No, 8 year olds are impressed and uninspired by a different set of things. She doesn't even like popcorn for instance. And all those repeated and overplayed gags would have made her laugh repeatedly and excessively - I'd be wanting to hit fast-forward. I suppose it was made for her more than us though - it just seems a pity because I quite liked Shrek. And having sampled em last night, Jeff Buckley's is the best Hallelujah. 'But you don't really care for [the soundtrack] music, do yer?'
cleanskies
13th Jul, 2004 05:35 (UTC)
ah, you can make kids films that are good for all ages
... but what do I know? American audiences loved it. And, as Andy points out above there was nice stuff on the soundtrack, it was just rather drowned out by the rest ...