Hungrywolf wrote:ShannC wrote:The "Walt Disney of Japan" thing only holds up as far as high-budget animated + family/children films + huge distribution.
Right. There's really nothing more than that to the comparison.
Is there? I mean, their films are so different. Themes, style etc. Not that there's anything particularly wrong with Disney if you like musical comedies etc. I'm trying to match the titles and there's a few maybe. Spirited Away has a bit of Alice in wonderland awesome in it I guess. There's some flight scene on a dragon that reminds a little bit about the carpet ride in Aladdin...
Well, I think there's some paralells but they are not so easy to find. I couldn't really think of any Disney films that reminded me of either Totoro, Mononoke or Grave of the fireflies. I'd say that Pom poko feels the most Disneyish for some reason, but it's also really weird and ironically, I think that particular movie had been done better and more coherent by Disney. It's a real mess and Disney is better on that particular thing.
I think that Disney is alot more restricted due to their image. Even if they'd want to make braver cinema, like tragedies or contemplative meandering stories, or even a story that doesn't ends well, I don't think they are allowed. They probably have the skill but could never convince either the executives or stockholders. They should make movies such as Iron giant. Keep the style but make bolder choices.
Pixar on the other hand is great as they are IMO. 3D animated comedies work really well most of the time.
EDIT: Upon closer thought, I believe early Disney works have been a huge influence on what Ghibli does today. Alice in Wonderland, Fox and the hound etc. It's easier to similarities there. From the 90's and ahead, I don't see much ressemblance.