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November 13th, 2004
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The Incredibles and Chucky
Was a bad girl and went to see one movie... and stayed to see another. *G* Hey! I really wanted to see "Seed of Chucky", but it had already started, so I went to see "The Incredibles".

And it (The Incredibles) is. Incredible, that is. Incredibly funny! *L*! Actually, though, some parts are probably apt to make small children antsy even while sending adults into gales of laughter; I wonder how much goes over the kids' heads. But it was very creative, and packed with good ideas, action, and fun. Great characters; I especially loved Holly Hunter voicing Elastigirl, and Edna (the Edith Head parody). When I was younger and had shorter hair, people thought I looked like Marcie of Peanuts, and so does Edna, so maybe that's part of why I love her - and desperately want an icon of her! But the ANIMATION - good LORD! It was amazing. On the one hand, they didn't try to make the people look real, which was a clever idea. They basically animated it to look like, oh, claymation - if that makes any sense - so the characters looked very three dimensional, but some things moved rather comically, like claymation, and some things didn't. Some things looked smooth and plasticy - and then there would be something (like the ocean, like Edna's strange outfit, like some characters' hair) that would look ultrarealistic. On top of that, they went for a retro look, so that, overall, you were reminded of so many things from other things you've seen - like old Superman episode. I just watched and watched, fascinated.

As to Seed of Chucky, it got poor reviews (only 38% positive at rottentomatoes.com when I checked... and they didn't screen it beforehand for critics - almost always a bad sign!), and HC admitted she wasn't crazy about it. Plus the reviews seemed to come to the conclusion that, while it wasn't bad, it was mediocre due to not being able to decide if it was funny or scary, and therefore wasn't funny or scary enough. I think it was more successfully funny than the reviewers thought - but then again, I was laughing at a lot of things other people weren't. Like having a fake product called "Skinnyquick" (i.e. SlimFast, or SlimSlow as my sister-in-law calls it) - *G*. Is it worth going just because you're a Billy fan? Well - only if you're a Billy fan AND chuckle at funny homicidal dolls. *G* Me? I liked it. Didn't love it, mind you, but I chuckled and appreciated the humor and seeing how Billy decided to play the voice. Spoilers ahead, although nothing you probably haven't read before.

But, before I do: Was it just me, or was Mr. Incredible's boss a visual tribue to Stephen King? And - good lord - wasn't the bad guy Freakazoid? I mean - aren't there copyright laws against that kind of thing? Or... hey... was Brad Bird, the creator of "The Incredibles" also the creator of Freakazoid...?

I think I actually would have found it a bit endearing if they'd made "Glen" a bit more endearing-looking. Yes, keep the fright wig, and, yes, make him androgynous - but the "extreme" of his appearance (greenish skin, sharp chin, prominent brow, verylarge eyes, strange wavy mouth) made it hard to read his expressions, or feel tenderness for him. I would think they gave him the big eyes to make him more lovable and expressive, but... they just made him look scary and odd all the time. *sigh* Too bad. If he'd been just a true combination of Chucky and Tiffany, while still having the odd hair to allow for the mean names he gets, then the change he goes through due to the strain would have been much more of a shock. Don't you think so, HC? Although I did love his little hands and little shoes. And... *ggl*... Glen has sharp little teeth... like Billy... only MORE so!!! *L*!

As to how Billy did - well, I completely forgot it was him, so I'd say he did great! *G* And I really love Tiffany and her Jennifer Tilly voice - such a personality, and they way they made her face move, it was great. Kudos to Tilly for being brave enough to parody herself. Redman was... eh... okay. Liked Stan the Chauffeur. And, you know what? I'm kind of getting fond of Chucky - go Brad Dourif! *L*! You're right, HC, the little boy definitely has a Billy-look to him. *huggles* But, even with your mentioning it - I completely missed the "Where are we going?" line. Where was it? In the limo?

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From:peak_in_darien
Date:November 14th, 2004 06:41 am (UTC)
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*waves* What ho!

I have no idea what either of those movies are. Are they new releases? (If so, we'll probably get them after everyone else, grrrr.)

*bounces* I like your LJ.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 14th, 2004 05:54 pm (UTC)
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*L*! You do? Lord, it's pretty much just fangirl stuff.

The Incredibles is from Pixar (Toy Story, Monsters, etc.), and really lives up to its name. It's about superheroes, with a twist. A wave of lawsuits erupts against superheroes from suicides they've saved, people whose trains they kept from crashing but who ended up with whiplash, people whose buildings suffered collateral damage, etc. As a result, the government agrees to protect them and "re-locate them" - if they'll agree not to be "super" anymore - ! The Incredibles are two of these supers who got married right before the lawsuits occurred - and who now, years later, have 3 kids with super powers - and how they're trying to deal with it. Basically, a reason for superheroes comes up again, and you get all of the comedy of out-of-shape superheroes trying to fit into their old tight lycra suits, the problems with being parents to super children, and so on. I'm CERTAIN you'll get it there. *G*

Seed of Chucky - every heard of the "Chucky" movies? Where Chucky is a doll (voiced by Brad Dourif, of Grima Wormtongue fame in LOTR) who kills? This is the third in the series, where, unbeknownst to them, Chucky and his girlfriend, Tiffany (voiced wonderfully by Jennifer Tilly) have a baby... Glen (or is it Glenda? the doll, unfortunately, isn't anatomically correct!) voiced by - yep - Billy Boyd! *L*! But overall, they're very silly, stupid slasher movies - no great credit to any of the cast, but I'm sure they have a cult following. I only watched to hear Billy, who does a Cockney accent in this one.

Whew! Sorry for the long explanation. *G* Cheers, pish-tosh, and all that! *ggl*
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From:peak_in_darien
Date:November 14th, 2004 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Fangirl stuff is the staff of life! :D

The Incredibles sounds pretty funny. I hope it gets here soon! (especially the lycra suits)

Yes, I know the Chucky movies! Mmm, Brad Dourif. But I didn't know there was a knew one. Hooray for that! :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 14th, 2004 11:36 pm (UTC)
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And hoooooraaaaayyy for Billy! *G*
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From:peak_in_darien
Date:November 17th, 2004 06:41 am (UTC)
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*g*
Back in the days when I actually visited www.lordoftherings.net just to hear the sound of Orlando Bloom's voice (quite some time ago, if you'll believe me) I remember listening to Billy's voice and being reminded of that Scottish show Taggart. His accent reminded me of it.

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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 17th, 2004 01:26 pm (UTC)
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*stills goes there to hear Billy some times... *S*

Did you ever see the episode he did in Taggart?
From:kunga
Date:November 14th, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC)
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Went and saw Incredibles & Chucky as well. Felt kinda mixed on the Incredibles. Don't know why. I just didn't walk out of there feeling "wow, awesome, etc.. like I did with prior Pixar/Disney movies. I loved Edna tho. She was faaaaaabulous. lol Was totally amazed that she was voiced by Brad Bird. He has such an amazing voice talent. One thing I missed tho, was the scene of Mr. Incrible getting dressed in his outfit. The one they played over and over in the trailers. Other scenes made it in that was in the trailers, but not that one. Hmmmmm. Guess they figured it was overplayed and edited out. Oh well. Out of 10 utility belts, I would give it 6 utility belts.

Chucky was interesting. My first time in watching a Chucky movie. Was glad that there was more humor in it then gross. Or is that we've gotten so used to gross scenes on the movie screen that it doesn't phase us anymore? Oh well. Was a little predictible at times but still made me jump in a few places. lol

Billy was AWESOME. Was even amazed at how they gave Glen/Glenda some of his looks. When Glenda "came out" I was like OMG! Too funny! The closet gag was too funny. Anyways, was a pretty good movie for that genre. Out of 10 knives I would give it 7 1/2 knives.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 14th, 2004 06:16 pm (UTC)
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I know, I know! I missed that, too! "Honey, I'll just have a salad!" *G* It was great.

*groans at the utility belt rating system*

*L*! I missed so much - she/he came out of the CLOSET? I didn't see that - *L*!

What did you think of Tiffany, though? I'm curious... And, yes, Brad does make Chucky lovable - in a lovable homicidal maniac kind of way. *G*
From:schnoogles
Date:November 14th, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Oh! I only just noticed the Stephen King resemblance!

LMAO!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 14th, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Whew! I thought maybe I was out in space about that!

Will you PLEASE stop using that sexxy Dom icon - eep! *melts*
From:schnoogles
Date:November 14th, 2004 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Will you PLEASE stop using that sexxy Dom icon - eep! *melts*

GUH *melts too*

Sorry. Can't change it. I'm melted.

Lol thanks! I made that one myself, I'm really proud of it. *drools*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 14th, 2004 06:26 pm (UTC)
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*L*!
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From:fangirlsays
Date:November 14th, 2004 06:01 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I agree. I think he should've been a more attractive doll to begin with. I mean, Chucky without his 'repaired' face is fairly cute, and Tiffany too, so it would make sense to me that their child would be more attractive than he is. *shrug* I think it was a one-off gag that they could've done better with.

At least we did get to hear Billy say his name is "Sh*tface" though. ;)

And I'm not positive where the "Where're we going" line happened; possibly in the limo like you said.

Now I find myself wanting to see it again to look for all the little details again. *facepalm*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 14th, 2004 06:25 pm (UTC)
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"Chucky without his 'repaired' face is fairly cute, and Tiffany too" - exactly what I was thinking!

Hey - there is one possible explanation (actually, two). The obvious one is that they're cute but evil, but their child would "show" the evilness of their souls... but, be nice because he's innocent?

The other one I'm not sure of because I went for Milk Duds when they showed the clip from Bride of Chucky (Santa in the graveyard). I was dying for MilkDuds and I figured this was my big chance. When I came back, though, it was already past that scene and I realized I might have missed the "story of Glen's creation". Did I? Did they show him being "born"? And picked up? Anyway, here's the theory: if Tiffany was dead when he was growing and being born, then - he's sort of a (this is gross) corpse baby - half dead, half alive. Hence the greenish face, as if he's "undead". Make any sense?

Either way - what did they show about his birth?
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From:zanne68
Date:November 14th, 2004 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm, I just might have to see The Incredibles after that review. :)

I caught Bride of Chucky of TV several months ago, shortly after they announced Billy would be part of Seed. It was a lot better than I expected(granted, my expectations were low) and definitely funnier than I expected. Wasn't really a "horror" flick as such, more of a comedy. Last week's Lost creeped me out more. But it gave me hope that Seed of Chucky might actually be watchable, and I'm glad to hear that it is. I'll be seeing it later this evening!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 14th, 2004 11:35 pm (UTC)
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Funny - did the same thing; caught about the last half or third of Bride on TV. As I said... I rather have a soft spot for Tiffany. *G*
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From:bluelily17
Date:November 16th, 2004 02:57 am (UTC)

Incredibles

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I got a chance to see it on Friday (Incredibles, not the chucky movie). I totally loved it, but I'm biased as I love everything pixar does. They did cut the belt scene, but I'd seen it so many times that I didn't even miss it. The film is actually mostly 3-d, with elements that are grabbed from reality, like when the baby is getting a bath, the water splash he makes was actually shot in a kiddie pool at the studios. I think they also composited in some of the explosions. I was happy to see Frank and Ollie Johnson in the end fight. They're the original Disney animators. They show up in the movie near the end, they're the two old guys that say something like "now that's Old school". how i even expect anyone that's not an animation geek to have even noticed that scene, I don't know. Brad Bird also did the traditional animated film "The Iron Giant". That's a totally wicked movie. I can't wait to get the dvd when it comes out this week (or is it next week...) As for relese dates: not sure on what country the other LJ persons from but the UK will have it 19, most other countires will have it the 25 and the 29th of November. I'd totally recommend it. It's definitely a fun movie.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 16th, 2004 03:48 am (UTC)

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Aha!!!! the "grabbed from reality" makes sense - like when they're in the ocean. *G* Heeheehee for teh old guys! *G* And yes, I remember the "Now THAT'S old school!" remark. Thanks for the viewpoint from an animation geek. *G*
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