Published: March 5, 2011 at 9:23 AM
I actually hated Wild Hogs, but in no way do I think it's even in the same realm as Aladdin, Lion King, etc. I'd consider Pinocchio to be cutting edge for its time, but also timeless. You can still watch it to this day and be impressed and take something away from it.
What I'm talking about is how Shrek, Madagascar, or Ice Age always have to use pop music, pop culture references, and always have that jerk character. In other words "trying too hard to be cool." That's what seems to be associated with "Edgy".
"Edgy" is also an overused term that even execs don't even know what they mean. Again, the Weinsteins and especially Michael Bay/ Bruckheimer all strive for "edgy". I'm sure Transformers 2 had some sort of notes of someone wanting it to be "edgier".
But to me, there's nothing wrong with Disney films being like Aladdin as the music is more of a mix... it's not 100% pop sounding music. At least it's not rock music that completely doesn't fit with the locale. We could argue that Beauty & the Beast should be all French music, or Mulan should be traditional Chinese music for realism... but to fair, Aladdin's music has elements of music from the Middle East and Lion King has an African music feel.
Unfortunately, with the Shrek guy at the helm of the script, I think we'll get Wild Hogs more than anything clever. I hope I'm wrong.