July 30, 2013

My 2013 Movies: Monsters, Inc. (2001, on DVD, home collection) and Monsters University (2013, at the theatre)

I’ve said this more than several times on this site: I’m a Pixar snob. Full-blooded. Saw the first Toy Story at an event at the Egyptian in Hollywood and attended an after-party where there were life-sized characters, real army guys hobbling around on their stands, a room-sized working Etch-O-Sketch, the whole bit.

So I can’t pretend to be neutral on these things. I just can’t. Pixar has, I believe, achieved the extraordinary, the sublime, the incredible(s) in filmmaking history. It’s landmark stuff, and Pixar films will forever be theatre-viewing essential as long as multiplexes exist. I actually started to get nervous and upset in the past week when I thought MU might be leaving my local theatre soon and I might be missing it. I felt like I was becoming physically ill from worry.

Yeah. I’m that guy. And will forever be.

So you shouldn’t expect to read here a very critical or deep analysis of character, theme, development or arc. I don’t have anything terribly meaningful to say. My family re-watched Inc. recently so that we’d feel properly refreshed before seeing Uni, and the 2001 version (holy wowie. 2001? That gives one pause.) was still fun and exciting. I’d kind of forgotten that it relies less on story and character like some of the studio’s other offerings, and instead a bit too much on slapstick-type humor, bug-eyes and comical fainting and all. It’s not my favorite Pixar by any means, but it makes for an enjoyable revisit.

So if anything, University improves in that area a bit, giving the characters a few more interesting things to do, some growth that, while predictable, feels earned and well-told. At the culmination (SPOILERS) of the Scare Games in the movie, I actually felt miserably let down for a moment, thinking that the movie might end there. For some reason I had no concept of how long the movie had been at that point and was convinced - from the way the scene was staged with music and climactic-y things happening - that it was ending that way, and I wasn’t at all happy.

I doubted. For a moment. Damn you, Cars! *shakes old man fist*

All of which made what followed very gratifying, and very terrific. I thought the scenes taking place in the human world were spectacular - so richly shot, with the backgrounds and lighting and overall feel rendered so differently - so purposefully differently - than the rest of the movie. Gorgeous and stunning.

So I was happy. My Pixar-Joy Containment Unit has  been filled up once more.

But, what? No The Good Dinosaur teaser? *sigh*

January 18, 2013
OH HOLY HELL YES.
(via Unused Hand-Painted Poster for The Incredibles | Superhero Hype)

OH HOLY HELL YES.

(via Unused Hand-Painted Poster for The Incredibles | Superhero Hype)

October 4, 2012
totalfilm:

Watch the trailer for new DreamWorks animation The Croods
Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage are cave-people

I am an insufferable Pixar snob.
Which is the justification I’ll use here to say that this trailer left me pretty cold. But that’s how I find most of Dreamworks’ animated features, with their stunt casting and loud raucous setpieces and minimal character and plot developments. They’re fun and gorgeous but they leave me quickly after I’ve seen them.
And sorry to be Captain Obvious but: Really? A rebellious daughter with spectacularly animated red curls of hair who sets out on her own to find herself? I missed her name in the trailer - is it Ooong-erida?
BUT ALSO: Pixar trailers are often poor representations of the films themselves, so what do I know?
I will say this: totalfilm’s description above - “Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage are cave-people” - will probably become my go-to non-sequitur sentence for the rest of this week.
BOSS: Hey did you get that project done for me yet?ME: Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage are cave-people.
WIFE: Did you enjoy the meatloaf I made you for dinner?ME: Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage are cave-people.
TRAFFIC COP: You do know you shouldn’t be driving while eating chicken wings, right?ME: mff-erf smone nmd Nicoafn adnage are mave-mrple.

totalfilm:

Watch the trailer for new DreamWorks animation The Croods

Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage are cave-people

I am an insufferable Pixar snob.

Which is the justification I’ll use here to say that this trailer left me pretty cold. But that’s how I find most of Dreamworks’ animated features, with their stunt casting and loud raucous setpieces and minimal character and plot developments. They’re fun and gorgeous but they leave me quickly after I’ve seen them.

And sorry to be Captain Obvious but: Really? A rebellious daughter with spectacularly animated red curls of hair who sets out on her own to find herself? I missed her name in the trailer - is it Ooong-erida?

BUT ALSO: Pixar trailers are often poor representations of the films themselves, so what do I know?

I will say this: totalfilm’s description above - “Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage are cave-people” - will probably become my go-to non-sequitur sentence for the rest of this week.

BOSS: Hey did you get that project done for me yet?
ME: Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage are cave-people.

WIFE: Did you enjoy the meatloaf I made you for dinner?
ME: Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage are cave-people.

TRAFFIC COP: You do know you shouldn’t be driving while eating chicken wings, right?
ME: mff-erf smone nmd Nicoafn adnage are mave-mrple.

July 3, 2012

When we left Brave this weekend, my boys and I debated whether or not they’d worked in the Pizza Planet truck, and one of my brilliant kids suggested it was probably in this scene!

The more you know.

disneyqueen:

Pizza Planet Truck and Sully Monsters University Easter eggs in Brave.

(Source: courtneyska, via toppermostpoppermost)

July 3, 2012

(originals via the Reading Corner blog, thestorycanresume)

June 5, 2012
Working in Corporate America Metaphor #226.

Working in Corporate America Metaphor #226.

(Source: , via eclecticbanana)

May 15, 2012

laughingsquid:

Pixar’s The Movie Vanishes, How Toy Story 2 Was Nearly Lost

Now THAT’s a horror story. You’d think such a command would have a couple of failsafes/confirmation screens before it started wiping the whole drive clean.

April 25, 2012
(original image via toppermostpoppermost: zip-a-dee-disney: h4te)

(original image via toppermostpoppermost: zip-a-dee-disney: h4te)

April 4, 2012

laughingsquid:

Boo Bass, A Remix of Monsters, Inc. by Pogo

I never tire of these. Such great creativity!

February 24, 2012

What a terrific clip. Shows so much more character and what’s at stake than even the trailer.

NICE.

Pixar releases Brave on 6.22.12.

(Source: movieline.com)

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