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The Beauty of Pixar and 25 Years of Pixar Animation. (MLYT) (Via and Via)
posted by zarq (23 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
It's difficult to separate hardware from humans when talking about Pixar, but it's been a fine marriage so far.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:46 PM on March 30, 2011


LET ME TELL YOU Aohyou'veheardit.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:47 PM on March 30, 2011 [6 favorites]


One Man Disney Movie
posted by brundlefly at 12:48 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Needs more Tarzan Boy!

It wasn't on youtube yet in last time I went looking for it)
posted by aubilenon at 1:09 PM on March 30, 2011


In the first clip ("Beauty of Pixar"), the "Dancing" segment just absolutely floored me. On paper, a computer-animated film sounds like it would leave you cold. Watch starting at this point and you'll quickly realize that these films work so well because they have heart and real emotion at their core.

Yeah, I got teary. And had a big goofy grin on my face the whole time!
posted by zooropa at 1:20 PM on March 30, 2011


Anything involving Carl and Ellie causes automatic, uncontrollable tears.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:25 PM on March 30, 2011


> Anything involving Carl and Ellie causes automatic, uncontrollable tears.

There's just something about that opening sequence in Up that convinces me that there is true genius working at Pixar. Yes, they're highly proficient and imaginative people who know how to use the tools they have. But to pull of that sort of perfect mix of textures, music, thematic elements, character investment, and timing to elicit such a moving reaction in just about anyone who sees it goes beyond competency and intellect and into something more inscrutable that has the human experience neatly laid bare. I'm glad they're using their powers for good.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:39 PM on March 30, 2011 [5 favorites]


Alas, the first link is a double although the original version has been taken down.
posted by teraflop at 1:47 PM on March 30, 2011


teraflop: "Alas, the first link is a double although the original version has been taken down."

Ack. Okay. If this does get deleted, we'll know why!
posted by zarq at 2:07 PM on March 30, 2011


Back in 98' I took a 3-day Robert McKee Story Seminar in S.F. The entire writing team for Pixar that was working on Toy Story2 sat in back of me. Noted because of the comments here to make the point that there is an art to good story telling ... they learned how to express heart, real emotion and grab an audience and just keep fine-tuning their craft.

Plus it doesn't help that John Lasseter is a kid-at-heart genius.
posted by cdalight at 2:25 PM on March 30, 2011


Gawd - make that doesn't HURT .. that John Lasseter is a kid-at-heart genius :)
posted by cdalight at 2:27 PM on March 30, 2011


Pixar: 25 years of shamelessly manipulating your emotions for profit.



kidding!
posted by blue_beetle at 2:39 PM on March 30, 2011


Personally I take the entire Toy Story francise, especially the first movie, as a mere lead-up to the climax of Toy Story 3. It takes nerves of steel to set up a plot point in Movie 1 and then not touch it again until 3/4th of the way through Movie 3.
posted by GuyZero at 4:05 PM on March 30, 2011


GuyZero: Are you speaking of "The Claw"? Somehow I don't think they were planning Toy Story 3 while writing 1.
posted by pashdown at 5:17 PM on March 30, 2011


Really? Can you really be absolutely certain? I'm totally all grassy-knoll on The Claw.
posted by GuyZero at 5:19 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm totally all grassy-knoll on The Claw.

I HAVE BEEN CHOSEN!
posted by KingEdRa at 5:32 PM on March 30, 2011


Kinda with pashdown about the Claw -- it's a stretch to imagine them planning any sequels at all, let alone running a grand-scheme plot. But there's plenty room to applaud genius-level reallocation of a previous trope, complete with quasi-spiritual overtones (hey! those li'l three-eyed guys were right all along! the claw IS in charge!), without going all Secret Masters Of The Universe as well.

Pixar has been the gold standard of American cinema for at least the last decade and a half.
posted by tspae at 5:44 PM on March 30, 2011


Yeah, all love to Pixar (All hail Pixar), but the claw felt like brilliant nod to an established character, not a setup.
posted by cavalier at 5:44 PM on March 30, 2011



Pixar has been the gold standard of American cinema for at least the last decade and a half.


And oh yeah, this.

Say it with me everyone -- ahem -- "It's the story, stupid!"*

* - beautiful animation doesn't hurt, natch.
posted by cavalier at 5:45 PM on March 30, 2011


OK, the seeds spilling into the pool at the end of the "dance" sequence was... subtle.
posted by SPrintF at 6:17 PM on March 30, 2011


"Not 'The Claw'--'The Claw.'"
posted by kirkaracha at 9:42 PM on March 30, 2011


Personally I take the entire Toy Story francise, especially the first movie, as a mere lead-up to the climax of Toy Story 3. It takes nerves of steel to set up a plot point in Movie 1 and then not touch it again until 3/4th of the way through Movie 3.

I've seen all 3 movies (albeit a long time ago for the first one) and I have no idea what you mean.
posted by salmacis at 2:03 AM on March 31, 2011


Carl and Ellie make me cry, but Violet Parr is who really gets me. I guess it's the ultimate shy-girl fantasy: not only can she turn invisible (what I wouldn't give...) and wrap herself and her homies in a righteous protection bubble, but at the end of the movie she kicks the habit and starts standing up for herself. I'm not there yet, but I have hopes. I started parting my hair on the side because of Violet Parr. I still do, actually.

I wish Pixar created more prominent female characters for me and my hypothetical daughters to identify with, but I doubt they'll ever get more dead-on perfect for me than Violet. I really didn't like the actual story of The Incredibles, but she and her badass mom made that my favorite Pixar movie.
posted by troublesome at 11:09 PM on March 31, 2011


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