"When you're making computer animation, technology is the essence of what we do. And having the best tool set in the hands of great artists, makes great movies." Jeffery Katzenberg
Granted that was said in the HP promo section, but isn't it doesn't a great story and great artists make for a great movie? I think right there is the fundemental difference between Dreamworks Feature Animation and PIXAR. PIXAR is always pushing the story telling and art, while Dreamworks tends to push more the tech.
It makes me very sad to hear that fromthe CEO of Dreamworks Animation, esspecially on Kung Fu Panda which is the only animated feature from them that I've liked since Prince of Egypt.
Personally I loved this movie. I thought the story was fun and inventive, with outstanding animation, BG's and effects. I like Jack Black, but only in small doses so I was dreading listening to him for an hour and a half. In the end, I felt he did a great job. He fit the character and didn't over play it too much.
One other thing I'd like to commend Dreamworks on is that they didn't promote the voice talent. All I saw on movie posters was Jack Black's name. I'm very very impressed that they got Angelina Jolie and didn't promote the hell out of that. Kudo's to the marketing department on this one.
I know I'm a die hard PIXAR fan, but I think I'm going to have to favor Kung Fu Panda this year in the Oscar race.
...we must all face a choice, between what is right... and what is easy."