Oh I hate computer animation too! I saw a movie that had a male 'cow' as the lead character, and he had udders too! That is just bizarro to me. I have seen lots of these movies(kids:rolleyes:) , unfortunately, and very few are good IMHO.
You should see the whole Big Lebowski, very funny. I also currently have Fargo, Ladykillers, Raising Arizona and OH Brother Where art Thou? (they are all Coen's films)
IN each of these movies, it is the dialogue I love best. Sorry to go off topic, I will hush now. sssssssshhhhhhhhhhh.
Back ground is very important to character development, but dialogue is essential. That is where Falkener never made it. I am trying to think of that guy from the thirties who said working In hollywood is like taking a trip down a sewer in a glass bottem boat. He would go to work, screenwriting, and sleep, and no one would wake him till they needed some realistic dialogue.
What do you think of Sam Pekinpaw? He had that John Ford feeling for the old West. It is hard to stand a man in front of a mountain and not think of him in mythic terms. From my point of view- trying to write, English major, learning some criticism, thinking conceptually- it is difficult to enjoy movies because I am too aware of the craft. But I do see that people come to make movies from either the perpective of the film, or the book. If they are literary, the background will fade into the back ground and there will be lots of diologue, and references to liturature. People who see life through a camera rely on background to carry much of the movie, to set both the mood and meaning before the first words are spoken.
I think what is missing from the computermated stuff is the moral message which is present in all good comedy and tragedy. (No lesson can be taken from vidio games either, because the lives like the deaths are meaningless.) People should be presented with a choice. So often in the police, law and order, vengeance type comedy people are presented with some demonic representation of a human who is then killed off with multiple camera angles, lots of blood, falls from high places, or massive explosions. This does nothing for people. Even though they want what happens to happen because they are made to witness the crimes of the guilty, when it happens it adds to their frustration, and angst. A good comedy, where you see the outsider wrestling with his own guilt, and finding his way back home has a medicinal effect . And classic tragedy, where the audience is led to see them selves in the guilty, and to forgive him, and so forgive themselves -makes for good, and effective, and socially redeeming art.