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06.19.2009

While the ratio of DreamWorks to Pixar movies that I have loved is certainly skewed a little more towards the latter, I'm not some rabid Pixar fanboy who hates on DreamWorks. While I was disappointed by MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, KUNG FU PANDA was fantastic. But this latest DreamWorks film in development sounds like a blatant ripoff of another animated film. The studio is prepping BOO U., a film about ghosts who go to school to learn to scare humans. When one of the ghosts begin to question his job, he's sent back to school to get him back to scaring. Sound familiar?

There's still a lot of acrimony between Pixar and DreamWorks heads John Lasseter and Jeffrey Katzenberg over the BUG'S LIFE/ANTZ debacle so I'm surprised that DreamWorks would even want to hew this closely to a previous Pixar film. The project isn't due until late-2012 (assuming this apocalypse doesn't crumble the globe first) and is only in the pitch phase so hopefully writer Jon Vitti (THE SIMPSONS MOVIE) and director Tony Leondis (IGOR) can do some work on the script to help separate it.

What do you think? Is it much ado about nothing? Or a ripoff?

Extra Tidbit: Were they saying boo or boo-urns?
Source: THR

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5:45PM on 06/19/2009

Ripoff!

hahaha great extra tidbit.

"I was saying boo-urns."
hahaha great extra tidbit.

"I was saying boo-urns."
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10:27AM on 06/19/2009
While I actually kinda preferred Antz to A Bug's Life, this does sound at once like a BLATANT rip-off (they gotta throw Boo in there?) and at the same time, different enough so as not to seem too similar to the average movie-goer. Plust, it'll be coming out eleven years after Monsters Inc.
While I actually kinda preferred Antz to A Bug's Life, this does sound at once like a BLATANT rip-off (they gotta throw Boo in there?) and at the same time, different enough so as not to seem too similar to the average movie-goer. Plust, it'll be coming out eleven years after Monsters Inc.
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10:13AM on 06/19/2009

Hollywood is devoid of original ideas

This is basically Casper, the Friendly Ghost... Obviously, we've hit the wall and there is nothing new that can be created and taken to a new direction. When I see Teen Wolf, Red Dawn and Cliffhanger being remade or 'rebooted' I know the end is near...
This is basically Casper, the Friendly Ghost... Obviously, we've hit the wall and there is nothing new that can be created and taken to a new direction. When I see Teen Wolf, Red Dawn and Cliffhanger being remade or 'rebooted' I know the end is near...
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10:00AM on 06/19/2009
i was saying boo-urns...
i was saying boo-urns...
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9:28AM on 06/19/2009

how do you now see it?

that's pretty cut and dry. No reason to stick up for Dreamworks who time and time again have shown they arent very creative. They have some good movies, but half are blatent rips.
that's pretty cut and dry. No reason to stick up for Dreamworks who time and time again have shown they arent very creative. They have some good movies, but half are blatent rips.
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9:26AM on 06/19/2009

Meh!

I think DreamWorks should cool it in releasing sub-par animated films (such as this) and concentrate on getting off of their high horse and releasing "Paranormal Activity" as soon as possible (not remade or with an alternate ending), giving the new filmmaker a shot getting his name out there and getting his film seen by a large audience.
I think DreamWorks should cool it in releasing sub-par animated films (such as this) and concentrate on getting off of their high horse and releasing "Paranormal Activity" as soon as possible (not remade or with an alternate ending), giving the new filmmaker a shot getting his name out there and getting his film seen by a large audience.
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9:14AM on 06/19/2009
I honestly don't see how this is like Monsters Inc. I mean don't get me wrong, I do not like Dreamworks animated movies (except The Prince of Egypt). I think you're creating conflict where there is none.
I honestly don't see how this is like Monsters Inc. I mean don't get me wrong, I do not like Dreamworks animated movies (except The Prince of Egypt). I think you're creating conflict where there is none.
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