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  • 1. SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING AND DESIGN THE DESIGN SCHOOL FOUNDATION IN NATURAL BUILD ENVIRONMENT NAME: YVONNE CHIN YUN MIIN STUDENT ID NO: 0315662 FILMS SELECTED: 1. THE INCREDIBLES 2. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER WORD COUNT: 1033 WORDS ENGLISH 2 (ENGL 0205) WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1: COMPARE – CONTRAST ESSAY LECTURER: CASSANDRA WIJESURIA SUBMISSION DATE: 18th APRIL 2014
  • 2. The Incredibles vs. Captain America: The Winter Soldier Ever since the superheros rose to prominence in comic books back in the 1940s, they were adapted to Saturday movie serial majorly aimed at children. Unfortunately in the following decades, the decline of Saturday serial and turmoil in the comic industry had put an end to superhero motion pictures, but with exception of episodes of the superheros television series, the movie industry has compiled them together and turned it into a theatrical release. Along the years and inspired by the new interest of science fiction and fantasy films with the success of Star Wars, the first ever major superhero movie Superman (1978) by Richard Donner was proved a critical and commercial success. In the 20th century, Marvel Enterprise has brought in profitable franchises when it all began with a surprise hit of 20th Century Fox and Marvel’s X-Men film series. Now, you can see superhero franchise stores in most of the shopping malls even now in Sunway Pyramid there are two of the shops named DC Comics Superheros and Superheros United. As much as I love to read superhero comic books, I have a craving of watching superhero movies whenever it is released in the movie theatre. I tend to imagine myself as the damsel in distress, waiting for her hero to save her and whenever I think of it, it makes myself laugh. Most girls are just waiting for their superman to swoop them up from their feet and fly into the night sky watching the beautiful lights of the city coming alive and getting a closer glimpse at the shimmer stars up above their heads. But most importantly, superheroes fight for justice and
  • 3. they keep the city save from evil treacherous villains. The best ever animated superhero movie I watched was The Incredibles, and recently I just watched my favourite superhero movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Both of them are amazing even if they are produced in different ways, having different storyline and having different characteristics. For the movie of The Incredibles, it was produced by Pixar Animation Studio and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2004. 3D animation is not as easy as it seems. Unlike the tradition animation way, Bird himself found working in computer animation difficult in a different way, finding animation softwares sophisticated and unfriendly, which was very different from traditional ways like calling the camera’s ability to easily switch angles in a given scene “marvelously adaptable”. It turned out to be the most complex movie yet for Pixar. They had to create an all-human cast which required new technology to animate detailed anatomy, hair and skin. Even though they faced a lot of challenges in the way, it did not stop them by creating a 3D animation of superheroes with different super abilities that looked realistic in the movie using visual effects and so on. On the other hand, for live action movie of Captain America. The actors have to act and react to portray their character and to become one with their character. When they are in the zone the ficitional world becomes their world and they have to put themselves out there for all to watch which would make them feel vulnerable. Actors are not able to analyze or observe their own performances but they have to do whatever the director wants for multiple times until they achieve what he wants. The difficult for
  • 4. them is to make it effortless and feel completely natural even though they just act as what was written in the script. Most importantly is that casting of actors for a film is very important since different actors brings different take on a character. Furthermore, the storyline of The Incredibles is a lot more different than Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The plot of The Incredibles is that it takes a will to hide superhero talents from a world that still needs a hero, yet no longer appreciate it. Going and living through a normal life and having a boring insurance job, Mr. Incredible longs for the glory days of upholding law and order while his superhuman family tries to fit in to the neighbourhood without revealing their superhuman abilities. Years later, the family was relief from quiet suburbia to uncover a diabolical plan of Sydrome the enemy and together the family must bring their respective birth-given powers to save the day. In contrast, the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve Rogers a.k.a Captain America is living quietly in Washington DC, trying to adjust to the modern world. But when S.H.E.I.L.D.’s second commander Nick Fury was attacked by an anonymous assassin, he was embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Agent Romanoff, Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silent him. When the villainous plot of the Hydra was revealed, a new ally, Falcon was enlisted to help Captain America and Black Widow. Disastrously, they soon found themselves facing a formidable and unexpected enemy -- The Winter Soldier.
  • 5. Moreover, the characteristics between Mr. Incredible and Captain America are different even though they share the similarities of having super strength. Mr. Incredible was born with the super strength powers whereas Captain America was just Steve Rogers before he participated in the “Super Soldier Serum” after he encountered the Nazi Germany’s horrific atrocities. He was the first test subject to be injected with the serum and the process successfully altered his physiology from its frail state to the maximum of human efficiency, including greatly enhanced musculature and reflexes, which represented the pinnacle of human physical perfection. Captain America has very high intelligence, as well as agility, endurance, speed, strength and reaction time. “Sometimes the truth is not enough, sometimes people deserves more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded...”. In conclusion, both of the movies differ from production, storyline and hero characteristics. However, they both bring a strong message of a hero that stops anyone that jeopardize the safety of the city and brings crime to justice.
  • 6. REFERENCES Langan, J. College (2010) Writing Skills, (8th ed.)New York: McGraw Hill Perrin, R. (2012) Pocket Guide to APA Style (4th ed) Boston: Wadsworth 30 SUPERHEROES ONE-LINERS. Retrieved March 31, 2014 from http://shortlist.com/entertainment/films/30-superhero-one-liners Marvel Universe Wiki: Captain America (Steve Rogers). Retrieved April 1, 2014 from http://marvel.com/universe/Captain_America_%28Steve_Rogers%29 Pixar feature films: The Incredibles. Retrieved April 1, 2014 from http://www.pixar.com/features_films/THE-INCREDIBLES-

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