Reeling - Rene Rodriguez

June 15, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG)

Watching How to Train Your Dragon 2, you’re reminded of the thrill you felt when you saw your first computer-animated movie, be it Toy Story or A Bug’s Life or even the forgettable Antz. We’ve come to take the art form for granted, because there have been so many great ones (thanks, Pixar!). The ice castles of Frozen or the floating lanterns in Tangled momentarily stun us, then we’re on to the next thing. The ever-growing invasion of CGI in live-action movies, too, has robbed animated films of some of their impact. Visually, we’re jaded, which is part of the reason why the less-is-more approach used in Godzilla seemed so effective.

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