Borrowed Time

Oh Pixar. I thought The Good Dinosaur had amazing cinematography and aesthetics but this short has so much reality in its story and image, it took my breath away.

For the longest time, we all thought we would never see a Disney studio going anywhere near adult territory, and yet here we are. I’m all in for Pixar trying adult themes.

Ok I’m more than in, I would pay good money to see that happen.

Looking around on the net, I found some very interesting videos. It seems I’m not the only one going crazy over this little film. “Why We Made Borrowed Time” is the creators explaining why they wanted to try a more adult story. After such positive feedback I am really hoping they will take that experiment a step further.

To be honest, with the way animation has invaded moving pictures in general, with technology making computer generated images more real, it’s only a matter of time for reality to invade even the most children-friendly of companies and mix things up. The line between live action and animation is already blurry, European studios and advertising companies have made the blend already; it’s only a question of if the Disney/Pixar directors want to take the marketing risk.

Unfortunately, given the shaky times we are living (and taking Marvel as an example), I’d say the Walt Disney Company is not into risk-taking at present. Which is sad, because difficult times call for some daring moves, but if the big boys want to leave those for the independent filmmakers, who am I to judge? Small companies and even individual creators have after all been greatly liberated with the recent technological advancements and the next few decades will probably be the most productive in cinematic history.

To conclude, it’s nice to see how far we can take really take things, even if it’s only through a 6 minute film. Enjoy!

 

The Good Dinosaur

Hi everyone! A happy new year with -hopefully- less crazy weather. Winter is finally catching up with us. Having a spring-like weather in December is disconcerting and even though it is not prudent to wish for cold with so many people in need, I feel safer when it doesn’t feel like spring in December.

Now, back to our present subject. I was so happy when I saw that Disney-Pixar had another new film ready to be releashed, in such a short time after Inside Out. Of course I was super excited and watched it with the first chance I got. I expected the poor plot – come on, you can only make one masterpiece of a movie at a time- but for me, the amaaazing scenery was enough compensation for my time. Such beautiful landscapes, marvelous shots and fabulously lit, it was a piece of art. It had a cute enough storyline to maintain suspension of disbelief and I suppose it is interesting enough for children (although a bit dark) to make it a decent enough movie. With unbelievably beautiful and realistic landscapes.

I was so calm after the end, just watching the backgrounds and breathing. It made me a bit sorry to see how badly it has been reviewed, so I decided to give it a shot and restore at least a bit of the film’s reputation. Watch it and I hope you will agree with me.

This makes me sad in so many levels

Pixar Canada anounced it’s shutdown yesterday.

You can read the full article on the subject here.

And with that there goes a great opportunity for all those creators out there who dreamed of working on Pixar projects. More than 100 people are now without a job. We must wish the best to all of them.

Here is an example of the excellent visuals they created.

The Pixar Theory

This was very interesting to read, whether you believe it or not, so I decided to share, enjoy!

Jon Negroni

pixar theory

Every Pixar movie is connected. I explain how, and possibly why.

Before we go further, I should let you know that The Pixar Theory is now a published book. Since writing this blog post in 2013, I’ve been working on completing the unified theory in what I hope you find to be a compelling and even more persuasive essay. Or not. It’s cool either way.

You can check out the book here. Or keep reading below to read the original theory. Just keep in mind that a lot of what you’re about to read has been vastly improved over the last few years.

Back to the theory!

In 2012, I watched a video on Cracked.com that introduced the idea (at least to me) that all of the Pixar movies actually exist within the same universe. Since then, I’ve obsessed over this concept, working to complete what I call The Pixar Theory

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