July 28th, 2006

sora

Some thoughts on Pixar

We finally got to see Cars today. It was pretty awesome, as expected, but it moved pretty slowly, which kind of makes it hard for me to sit through. But that was kind of the whole point of the movie, so it's understandable. I do think that the whole beginning bit should have been more fast-paced; it would have been a nice contrast.

They did the same evil thing with the credits that Kingdom Hearts II did: play happy ending type stuff while the credits are going on, so you have to choose one or the other. It was very frustrating, and I came out of it not knowing any of the voices that I didn't know before I saw the movie. Ah well, IMDb it is.

I love Pixar. I think they're totally awesome. I love their movies, and I love the messages that the have. And we love how they're all total nerds. And I love how Andrew Stanton has said that when he makes a movie, he wants people to come out of it thinking, "Wow, what a great movie," first, and then for them to look at all the awesome animation and amazing technical things they did second. Seriously, most people won't care how amazing the animation is if they couldn't stand the characters.

On the other hand, since Finding Nemo, I've been kind of annoyed at the public's attitude towards Pixar. When Finding Nemo came out in 2003, we were working as interns at TokyoPop. We would carpool with Mom, since her office was nearby, but she liked to get in to work by like six-thirty, and TokyoPop doesn't open its doors until eight. So we would hang out in Mom's office, usually sleeping. But one morning she had the radio on, and some woman was interviewing Andrew Stanton about Finding Nemo, and she asked, "How do you make a kids' movie that's so appealing to adults as well?" And since then, I haven't trusted Pixar fans. (Mr. Stanton answered that he didn't think of it as making a kids' movie, he thought of it as making a good movie, one of many reasons I love him.)

Since Finding Nemo, Pixar's popularity seems to have caused all sorts of crazy theories. For one, 2D is only for kids and adults will never be able to enjoy it, while 3D is good and can be enjoyed by all ages. Shrek probably helped with that. I wish that people would realize that Toy Story did not mark the end of the making of good non-Pixar Disney animated films. Sure Pocahontas wasn't that great, but most people can agree that Mulan, The Emperor's New Groove, and Lilo & Stitch are very good movies, and they all came out after Toy Story. We personally also like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, and Tarzan a lot, too.

I'm really not sure how to connect this, but when we showed Mom and her family Spirited Away on our birthday last year, then John Lasseter did the introduction on the DVD. When he introduced himself as being from Pixar, Mom seemed to perk up and asked, "Pixar did this movie!?" When we said no, I think she was disappointed, but it could have been my imagination. It's like it's okay, and perfectly normal, to like a Pixar film, but anything else animated is for kids, and if you're an adult, you can't like it because that would be weird.

I do know that a lot of people who actually follow animation like Pixar over Disney (although technically they're the same thing now), but sometimes I still get the feeling that they feel like they're "allowed" to like Pixar but not Disney. Because liking Disney means you're obviously not as smart as other informed people. It was actually someone saying that they like Pixar but not Disney that has spurred on my crusade for the promotion of Disney animated films.

And that's my rant on Pixar. Sorry to have bothered you!

Today I'm thankful for getting to see Cars, the drive-in theater, not dating a crazy person, sofa cushions, and "Who Wants to be a Superhero?"