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Apr. 10th, 2010

10:22 pm - Another reason to like animated films more now than ever

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You know what's blissfully absent (for the most part) from animated films lately? Toilet humor!

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From:wolflahti
Date:April 11th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
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Toilets in films are seldom given good lines, funny or not.
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From:dv_girl
Date:April 12th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Au Contraire. Ask paka about the toilet fish incident.
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From:lilacstarprint
Date:April 11th, 2010 11:01 am (UTC)
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And totally yeay to that!
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From:kagur
Date:April 11th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
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There's a reason why Adam Sandler and Disney should never be partners.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:April 11th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
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For a minute there, I thought you were being sarcastic.

Then I realized I rarely go to movies any more.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 11th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Nope! See my response to frameacloud below.
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From:nefaria
Date:April 11th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
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I'm grateful too, because toilet humor is almost never humorous.
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From:frameacloud
Date:April 11th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
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For what range of "now"? I haven't noticed this trend, so I assume you must mean only in the past few months, or maybe in the latest one year.

Surf's Up was mostly just one long, tedious potty joke. Even more so than Flushed Away, for God's sakes. *scratches head* There was some recent animated movie I saw where it seemed like they had nothing going but body humor, to a greater extent than anything I've ever seen, with no real attempt toward a plot, even more so than the others... what was that? Have I blocked it out of my memory? They managed to work a lot of body humor into Robots, and it didn't have any plot twists (which was a shame, since the graphics were so nice, they ought to have been used for a story) but I feel like there was some worse movie than that... *shakes head* Must be better off if I don't remember. I can't think of any animated movies in the past ten years that are free of toilet humor, let alone sparing with it. Actually, no, I do remember something where I noticed that it didn't have any base humor... does seem like there were one or two movies that lacked it, and that was nice... uh... something Pixar, but not Monsters, Inc or the Toy Story series, those all had some references to body functions... The Incredibles, maybe? I don't think there was any toilet humor in that. At least, not verbalized.

Maybe you mean traditional and quasi-traditional animation, not 3D?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 11th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
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I'm talking primarily about How to Train Your Dragon, The Princess and the Frog, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ponyo and Up. Mainly, films from this year and last year. There have been a few sad exceptions, such as Planet 51 and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, but on the whole, animated movies are getting better-written and less gross.
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From:wbwolf
Date:April 11th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
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Pixar is generally high class, and even if they throw in an occasionally potty humor joke, it's not the sole supposed source of laughs (see Daddy Day Camp). Aardman (Flushed Away notwithstanding) and Ghibli are much the same way. Disney animation under Lassetter is getting better. Dreamworks is real uneven; Over The Hedge and Kung Fu Panda are good examples on where they can find a balance; Shark Tale results when they can not. Honestly, I have yet to see anything produced by Blue Sky or Sony Animation that isn't crass to some degree.

As for Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson is a style unto himself.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 11th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
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How about Horton Hears a Who? That's by Blue Sky, and the pottiest thing I can think of in it is when the Mayor of Whoville mentions how hard it is to get into the bathroom when you have 99 daughters, and Horton doesn't know what a "bathroom" is.
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From:palabrajot
Date:April 11th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Wait, Up? There was that bit where Russell went off into the weeds and called out a play-by-play of his wilderness dook.

Offscreen, thank god.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 12th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
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That was the extent of it, though. We didn't have to suffer through anybody slipping in Dug doo or getting bombarded by Kevin krap or anything like that.

My main point is that, for the most part, cartoon features have toned the poop gags down. Waaay down.
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From:frameacloud
Date:April 12th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
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Huh! OK. Neat. That's a hopeful trend.

The only one of those I've seen is Ponyo, so it's no wonder I missed out on it.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:April 11th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
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Yes, and it goes back a little further than 2009. I noticed independently that for all the lowbrow humor of Kung Fu Panda, it was never exactly vulgar. Even the blow to Po's groin was treated as basically no worse than the rest.

You're more likely to get poop gags in movies that are only partly animated -- especially when they include rodents, for some reason. And movies with prominent dogs, be they real or animated, usually have something toilety when they're not affiliated with Disney.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 11th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm probably going to skip the upcoming mostly-live-action Furry Vengeance. I got my fill of attacking skunks and divebombing pigeons from Open Season.
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From:palabrajot
Date:April 11th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
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I, for one, am flushed with joy at the news!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 12th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
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Are you as tankful for it as I am?
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From:shockwave77598
Date:April 12th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
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Disney would just louse it up and have a talking porta potty. Potty Mouth!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 12th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
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You're thinking of the old Disney, the Michael Eisner Disney. This is the new Disney, run by John Lasseter!
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From:akktri
Date:May 7th, 2010 09:12 am (UTC)
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Yeah. And what HBO needs is more nudity and gay sex!
:P
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