Lesson: Jerry Seinfeld’s dramatic range is no greater as an animated bee than it is when he plays himself in a sitcom.
Lesson: It is more difficult than you’d think to create a movie ending where everything goes off the rails in a satisfying manner. Adaptation and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels are the shining examples here.
Lesson: A good way to test-run your animated kids movie: Put four boys ages 5-11 in a room with the movie and some blown-up balloons. If, by the end, they’ve stopped watching the movie and are playing with the balloons, your movie probably isn’t very good.
Lesson: To be honest, I only saw about 30 minutes of this. But I have never seen a more patronizing and exploitative 30 minutes of mainstream cinema. Good lord. The fact that this movie won awards and drew so many theatergoers is a bigger harbinger of this country’s demise than any economic indicators.
update: edited for spelling and because I calmed down a bit