July 13, 2009

I got conned

Just went to the store for more eggs. I eat four every morning, so I go through them fast. Also needed bread and garbage bags. And I bought a couple of room thermometers.

While I was looking for the thermometers, I wandered past the electronics section. They had a big TV with the sound turned off playing a rendered movie I'd never seen before and didn't recognize. Something about a little girl on one of those motorized skateboards with a steering handle, and a super-powered white dog. They were being chased by bad guys in helicopters and on motorcycles, in a mad dash through city traffic. After they think they've lost all the pursuers, a whole army appears just in front of them. The dog wipes them out with a super-powered bark. What I watched was awesome.

So I decided to buy it. $17. And then I got home and looked it up, and found out that the part I was watching was, effectively, a fantasy sequence. Turns out the little girl and the dog are stars of a TV show, and that was a part of the show. Turns out the dog isn't super powered, but he thinks he is, and most of the movie is about him finding out that he isn't, after he runs away.

Turns out his voice is John Travolta.

Turns out I won't be watching this. Ick. That's what I get for giving in on impulse buys.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Entertainment at 04:29 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 I quite enjoyed Bolt, I'm surprised that you'd like a preview, but something, and then not watch it based on reviews.  There are several scenes similar to the clip you saw, and almost all the characters are quite engaging, some of the hamster bits are hilarious, and the running gag with the pigeons is also amusing.

Posted by: David at July 13, 2009 04:52 PM (n/RK7)

2

What I saw, and wanted to watch, was a story about a superpowered dog and a girl with nifty high tech gizmos.

What I didn't want was a Disney road movie about someone who is out of touch with reality.

I didn't want to watch this movie. I wanted to watch the TV show the girl and dog were in. That's what I saw at the store, and I wanted to watch that story.

I know from what I read that there are other scenes from the TV show in the movie, but that's not the point.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 13, 2009 05:18 PM (+rSRq)

3 I know how you feel.  Years ago I bought Pohl's Black Star Rising because its cover showed insectoid aliens raising an American flag a la Iwo Jima and the slug on the back made it sound like these aliens freed America from invaders.  In fact it wasn't anything like that; it was disappointing.

Posted by: atomic_fungus at July 13, 2009 05:34 PM (aIXiG)

4 I had exactly this experience with a Bolt preview on a plane. I was all interested and stuff, until it turned into a rip-off of The Incredible Journey, with an insane dog.

Ah, well... the odds of Disney successfully pulling off that awesome movie anyhow are pretty low. Dreamworks maybe and Pixar for sure (and yes, I know Pixar is owned by Disney but it's still not the same), but not Disney.

Posted by: Jeremy Bowers at July 13, 2009 05:42 PM (1Gr9l)

5 Well, I too want to watch series where Ryomu is huggable. You know, like in top.jpg.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at July 13, 2009 06:09 PM (/ppBw)

6 The official Disney theatrical trailers were quite clear about the premise of Bolt.  Even the extended trailer that focused on the nifty chase sequence had enough other scenes to make it clear what the show was really about.  I wonder if the resellers are showing a different set of clips to try and jack sales?

Posted by: David at July 13, 2009 07:08 PM (n/RK7)

7 One of these days I'd like to see the movie the Mulan trailer I saw was taken from.

I notice the common factor seems to be that they're Disney productions.

Posted by: pgfraering at July 13, 2009 09:11 PM (9ZKsr)

8 What do you know, I found the trailer I had watched a long time ago:

http://www.meekosmulanpage.com/Mulan_(teaser).mov


Notice the relative absense of Eddie Murphy's character.

Posted by: pgfraering at July 13, 2009 09:16 PM (9ZKsr)

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