To Pixar, with love.
December 29, 2010 4:39 AM   Subscribe

A video montage tribute to Pixar Animation Studios by video mash-up maker and film-lover Leandro Copperfield.

The Stanley Kubrick Vs. Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino Vs. The Coen Brothers videos are also definitely worth your time.
posted by SkylitDrawl (18 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
What the hell, I'm starting to think I could watch a montage of every instance of the word "and" in every Pixar film, played backwards and set to bagpipe music, and I'd still start tearing up.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 5:40 AM on December 29, 2010 [3 favorites]

That Tarantino vs. Coen thing is brilliant.
posted by The Whelk at 5:43 AM on December 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

Ratatouille was their best in my opinion, an almost blend of scenes, story and characters. The sad part is that I skipped seeing it in the theaters, because it seemed too silly, then happened to catch a scene on the tv one day and was hooked. Damn fine stuff.
posted by nomadicink at 6:13 AM on December 29, 2010

How is it that even in half second bursts, every shot of Ellie from Up makes me choke back a laugh or a tear? Even after I've watched the movie a dozen times.
posted by DigDoug at 6:15 AM on December 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

In other Pixar news, their first film that was to be directed by a women, Brenda Chapman (the first woman to direct an animated film from a major studio) has been reassigned to Mark Andrews, has been renamed from The Bear and the Bow to Brave and pushed from a Dec 2010 release to June 2012. there is even scuttlebutt that the main protagonist, Mérida, will be joining the Disney Princess franchise.

I like Pixar, quite a lot, but Cars 2, Toy Story 3, and the torturous path of The Bear and the Bow, Brave, has taken the sparkle off, just a little bit.
posted by edgeways at 6:34 AM on December 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

That Tarantino vs. Coen thing is brilliant.
Really? Maybe I need to re-watch them, but I got nothing from them. Just some stitching scenes together to go with the music. It struck me as being pretty student-project-ish. The fact that it was a mish-mash of Tarantino and Coen movies really didn't seem to have any relevance (other than cherry-picked similarities in the action), and certainly didn't build any sort of meaningful comparison/relationship. I found them pretty boring, frankly.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:42 AM on December 29, 2010

Brave and Cars 2 aren't out yet, and Toy Story 3 was an existential tour de force. The sparkle lives on!
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:56 AM on December 29, 2010 [2 favorites]

Pixar's done better than most when it comes to sequels, though I wish they'd concentrate on original material instead. Toy Story 3 was much better than I expected. I'm optimistic that the sequel to Cars (one of their weakest movies, but still decent) will still be the same level of good. The original Monsters, Inc. was a fantastic movie and I bet they can give it a great follow-up too.

But I was heartbroken when they canceled Newt. That looked to be the next in line after WALL-E and Up for more thematic storytelling. Last week I saw a preview for Blue Sky Studios' Rio and its plot is almost identical to Newt's. I suspect Pixar revealed their hand too early and got scooped by a faster, cheaper production house. That leaves Brave as the only original property in production... it should be a good movie, but the pipeline's feeling pretty sparse these days.

I've also been following the saga of Brad Bird's 1906 for years, which by all rights should be a fantastic work were it not apparently dead in the water. He's now slated to direct the next Mission: Impossible movie, an oddball assignment if I've ever heard one. But if it gives him the live-action cred he needs to finish 1906, I say good on him. Man knows how to tell a great story.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 8:00 AM on December 29, 2010


I recognize that as sequels they are good sequels, but in movies my default is to want more original material (unless the arc is already set over a multipart series) rather than returning again (and again) to the same frameset, I think doing so is another lazy practice in an industry chock full of them.

Despite all of that I will say uncatagoragially that Pixar is in my top 5 movie production companies, despite it's recent penchant for sequelitis.

And Brad Bird doing MI is kind of like Jean Jeunet doing Aliens.
posted by edgeways at 8:11 AM on December 29, 2010

(what movie is the last scene of Kubrick vs Scorsese (the closing eye) from?)
posted by mjg123 at 9:27 AM on December 29, 2010

mjg123: "(what movie is the last scene of Kubrick vs Scorsese (the closing eye) from?"

Gangs of New York. Bill the Butcher's glass eye.
posted by sharkfu at 10:09 AM on December 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

What's that one shot of live action in the Pixar video? It's beside a shot from Ratatouille. How does it relate?
posted by Ian A.T. at 1:23 PM on December 29, 2010

Ian A.T.: "What's that one shot of live action in the Pixar video? It's beside a shot from Ratatouille. How does it relate"

It was Goodfellas. I think it's from when they divvy up the money from the Lufthansa heist, although I don't get the connection.
posted by sharkfu at 1:34 PM on December 29, 2010

The video has been deleted. Anyone have a mirror or another source?
posted by tdreyer at 8:08 PM on December 29, 2010

tdreyer: "The video has been deleted. Anyone have a mirror or another source"

Just put "Beauty of Pixar" into youtube.
posted by sharkfu at 8:34 PM on December 29, 2010

Pixar characters honored in 2011 postage stamps:
Stamps will be issued to observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the 50th anniversary of America’s first manned spaceflight and a celebration of Disney Pixar movie characters: Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars; Remy the rat and Linguini from Ratatouille; Buzz Lightyear and two of the green, three-eyed aliens from Toy Story; Carl Fredricksen and Dug from Up; and the robot WALL*E from Wall*E on Send a Hello stamps.
posted by Rhaomi at 10:07 PM on December 29, 2010

"Page not found
Sorry, "The Beauty of Pixar" was deleted at 9:07:15 Wed Dec 29, 2010. We have no more information about it on our mainframe or elsewhere."

Do people still use the word "mainframe"?
posted by Mwongozi at 7:41 AM on December 30, 2010

it's here! (for now)
posted by changeling at 8:41 PM on December 30, 2010

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