Because I was a 'cool' 12 year old when this came out I've always attributed that to my coldness toward it. Maybe it's just overhyped? The action sequences are impressively constructed, precisely edited and allowing space for each hero. The rest is standard superhero stuff without big laughs or big heart, the things that make me check in for Pixar. 2.5
I can't honestly say this is the most consistently clever, emotionally stirring or spectacularly animated film Pixar has ever done. But, even if if it's not great Pixar, it's still really good Pixar. It's a fun film with well-defined main characters and memorable supporting ones. Plus, for the period, the action is impressively intense and engaging.
t is a funnier and a better superhero movie than 20th Century Fox's "Fantastic Four" movie (that it most closely resembles). It is fast paced and have a lot of great gags and have fun with the family concept even if it has the typical morale about the power of the nuclear family.
I didn't think I would like it as much as I did. Being a super-hero film, you obviously don't get the creativity every other Pixar film has, but that's not to say the Pixar quality isn't there either. Sure fantastic four did the super family first and super-heroes are nothing new but this isn't just about flashy costumes and superpowers, actually far from it. The commentary on mediocrity and excellence is spot on.
Just awful. Bruce Timm filtered through the Toy Story humans .. its retro commitment runs so deep that I wonder if it can even be saved as some form of late "y2k aesthetics" in a few years. As far as 3d animation goes it is also terribly uneven — some of its background can be as stale as any Sega Saturn flop.