Two movies have arrived in theaters that completely surpassed all of my expectations: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Shrek 2. I’m an avid reader of the Harry Potter series, even one of those people who reads the extras, follows the interviews and tries to unravel the clues. I enjoyed the first two movies quite a bit, but the third amazed me. The stamp of the director was distinct right from the start, it was like watching an art film. And seeing David Thewlis, Alan Rickman, and Gary Oldman in the same movie was almost too much for me to handle.
I didn’t care much for the first Shrek movie, but I laughed all the way through the second. What really worked here was the writers’ abandon; while the Shrek seemed at times to constrain itself to some basic fairytale guidelines, Shrek 2 doesn’t hold back. Before you know it, a giant gingerbread man is attacking the castle and who knows how you got there. Puss n Boots makes this movie, hands down.
We’re getting ready for our speaking engagement for Cartoonists Northwest, which looks like its going to be on the 18th. I’m still mulling around with what I’m going to say, we haven’t been producing a comic all that long. We’ve been animators for quite awhile so we’ll probably end up talking about that.