While Ashton Kutcher is busy shooting the indie biopic, we’re all waiting for Aaron Sorkin’s official version. Ever since the project started, names like Stanley Tucci or even George Clooney have been circulating, but in my own opinion, only Christian Bale could really pull it off.
Also, Batman is over. I would hurry to start negotiating with him if I was Sony, because he won’t stay available for long!
When you are the head of the marketing department at Disney, your job is simple: You try to convince people to spend their hard earned money on your projects. You’re selling dreams.
When a big project like John Carter falls under radar and opens in second place next to The Lorax, it sends a clear indication that something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Somebody’s head probably rolled over this.
What’s worst is that Disney now has a track record of bad marketing decisions. Mars Needs Mom made 21 million out of a 150 million dollar budget and tentpole movies like Prince of Persia and Tron Legacy were also big dissapointments! Disney are looking for the next big franchise after Pirates of the Caribbean, but nothing ever goes as planned for them.
Let’s explore some of the reasons why John Carter isn’t THAT popular.
As Cars 2 officially becomes Pixar's first rotten movie on Rotten Tomatoes, and with news of Monsters Inc 2 and Toy Story 4 (recently confirmed by Tom Hanks), many critics are already prophesying the end of Pixar's golden age. With less and less original stories on the horizon, it's hard to imagine the company going for anything else than a cash grab.
Digital Domain, a company known for it’s special effects in movies such as Titanic, Tron: Legacy or Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is now transforming itself into an animation studio: Tradition Studios.
“Tradition Studios at Digital Domain looks to be known for extremely clean, family films that are memorable, strong, powerful stories that we hope you’re thinking about years later”, said Digital Domain's CEO John Textor.
Unlike certain studios of animation, Tradition Studios is putting the focus on storytelling first and foremost. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of movies they’ll produce since the company is already recruiting Disney veterans.
"We’ve got the right ideas. As Pixar is struggling with sequels and Disney's struggling to find itself, I think it's a good time for us to come in with a different point of view with great family films”, said animator Chuck Williams (Lion King, Little Mermaid).
Could they be producing 2D animation? Tradition Studios are trying to differentiate themselves, so it would make sense for them to explore traditional animation.
Unlike some of their competitors, Pixar always understood the value of storytelling. Their movies are not only highly entertaining, but they also send you on an emotional journey.
Toy Story 3 is quite spectacular that way and Lee Unkrich must be pulling the right strings, because most of the people I know cried like babies at the end. I remember leaving the theater in tears, which is exceptional for me. I cried because Toy Story 3 told me a lot of things about myself.
Just like Andy, I had to leave my hometown and my memories behind. Turning the page is a huge step in one person’s life. Sometimes you just have to move on, as difficult as it is.
Just like Andy, I’m a nostalgic person. In fact, most of the guys of my age still play retro games, myself included. It’s as if the Y generation refused to grow up. Some even call it the Peter Pan generation! Toy Story 3 is a nice reminder that we’re no longer kids. We each had our childhoods and nothing can change that, but now it’s time for a new generation to live their own. We have to try looking ahead.
Just like Andy, I shared.
Thank you Pixar for creating such a charming and thoughtful movie!
I can’t believe that some people think that animation is just for kids. How ignorant is that? Every year, thousands of animators are producing independant shorts or feature films which are, in my opinion, far more relevant to the times we live in than most of the live action movies. For instance, think of movies like Persepolis or Waltz with Bashir and then compare them to the news.
It shouldn’t matter if a director does animation or live action because they’re all storytellers. The only differences are the techniques used to make this story come to life. Animation is a tool.
Brad Bird is a director who fought a lot for the recognition of animation as an equal to live action. He, and his fellow Pixar directors, made the Academy reconsider the exclusion of animation in the Best Picture category. But now, Brad Bird is facing a bigger challenge: most people believe he can’t do live action. Recently, J.J. Abrams made a statement about how the next Mission Impossible is exactly like is other movies but in live action. He wanted to reassure the moviegoers that it would still be a Brad Bird movie. Why is that question even raised?
Why are we accepting that Tim Burton, Wes Anderson and Steven Spielberg are making animation, but some people are still doubtful about Bird’s directing abilities? Isn’t that a bit elitist? Are we supposed to believe that they’ll do a better job because they made “real movies”? If live action and animation are so different, than we should probably questions these directors as well, no?
Pixar is quite simply the best animation studio out there (with Studio Ghibli) because they keep focusing on quality entertainment instead of pure commercialism. You can hate them for Cars and making useless sequels, but in 50 years their classics will still overshadow everything that Dreamworks or Sony has produced.
Obviously, some titles didn’t made the cut. I love them all, but that’s how a top 5 works.
Don’t miss part 1 about the short movies.
How many movies make you cry in the first minutes?!
Up is a touching story about love and regrets. It captures the feeling of getting old and losing your loved one quite perfectly. Personally though, the rest of the story was a little weaker than what I expected (Blame Pixar for making near masterpieces almost every time).
4- The Incredibles
When The Incredibles came out, Fox made reshoots on Fantastic Four. Of course, their movie still sucked, but it just shows how much of an impact The Incredibles had.
It’s hilarious and action packed and at the same time it talks about the usual dramas that a family go through, so basically…it’s the perfect family movie!
Short movies are often overlooked, because for some reason they’re considered less important than feature films. But if anything, Pixar keeps proving that a great story can be tolld in minutes. We have to admire Pixar for offering a different movie experience in theaters, much more closer to what it used to be.
Let’s honor good storytelling and look at the best shorts produced by Pixar (so far).
5- Luxo Jr.
Think of how hard it is to give life to an object like that. Lamps don’t have hands…or even eyes! I still can’t believe that it was made in 1986!