Do Animated Movies Really Need a Blooper Reel? Yes, Yes They Do.

As a reward for buying a DVD rather than simply “tivoing” the flick when it hits HBO, distributors dole out tons of bonus features: mindless games, cut scenes, never before heard songs and naturally, the blooper reel. I wouldn’t say that I spent the 80’s glued to Bloopers, Bleeps and Blunders, but I didn’t exactly turn it off either. Let’s face it, it’s enjoyable to watch people screw up, especially stars, who often seem larger than life.

What I find even more enjoyable, is that many of my kids’ animated DVDs have outtakes. You and I both know Barbie’s cell phone doesn’t accidentally go off in the middle of a scene causing her to giggle apologetically to the other actors, but the irony is pretty hilarious. That fact that these “bloopers” are manufactured is totally lost on my kids. They’ve forgotten that the characters are animated and thus never realize that the whole outtake was staged, but they laugh out loud none the less. So, to the directors of these animated films I say, “Skip the cutting room floor scenes, there’s a reason they didn’t make it in the first place, and give me more blunders, even if they’re intentional!

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