Pete Docter has emerged, over the years, to be the best director to come out of the Pixar brain trust that brought the original Toy Story to screens in 1995. Monsters, Inc. was Docter’s first solo effort and, like Up and Inside Out after it, it’s very concept is an imagination coup in a company known for mind-blowing feats of imagination. Unlike Up and Inside Out, Monsters never entirely lives up to its central idea (and the less said about the sequel the better), but the film is still an extremely solid entry in Pixar’s very competitive library of classics.
All kids have a feeling that there’s a monster somewhere in their bedrooms. Docter uses this idea to form an entire society of monsters that live benignly off of the power generated by the screams of children. It’s such a fantastic idea, and no scene realizes it better than the climatic chase between Mike & Sully and Randall as they race to try to get Boo back to her bedroom door. The planet and reality hopping chase shows the full warehouse of doors and provides for the film’s best action (and some of its funniest moments).
Pixar’s brilliant romp through human psychology (honestly, they cover more in this movie than my freshman psych course did), Inside Out, is another feather in the cap for the studio’s most accomplished director at this point: Pete Docter. The film won a much deserved Best Animated Feature Oscar last year. It’s not as funny a film as some of the Pixar classics, but it is endlessly imaginative and at times packs as big an emotional punch as any film in Pixar’s canon. The number of people who have told me that Bing Bong messed them up for days is stunning. That’s not to say that the film isn’t hilarious in parts while exploring human thought processes. The pinnacle of the look inside our minds is the dinner scene in which Riley’s parents do a pretty fine job of exemplifying the difference between how the genders think in a three-and-a-half minute sequence. It doesn’t just work for Inside Out, though. I found this brilliant smash-up of the dinner scene with Walter, Jesse, and Skylar from Breaking Bad cut together with the same mind processes and it’s just as good and just as funny. Pixar recently announced that the sequelizing of their previous films (with Cars 3, Toy Story 4, and Incredibles 2 on the horizon) will end and they’ll be back to making original features. That’s good news for all movie fans, because when they’re on, Pixar pushes the bound of imagination like no other studio can.
Something happened to Pixar post-Toy Story 3…..it became just another animation studio. Whereas (with the exception of the abomination that was Cars 2) Pixar has been cranking out some of the best animated films ever created since 1995’s original Toy Story, the last few years have been just…good. But good isn’t good when great is the expectation, and ever since I heard the concept for Pete Docter’s (Monsters Inc, Up) film, I’ve been longing to see Inside Out. Docter does not disappoint and delivers Pixar’s most imaginative triumph to date. I’m not saying Inside Out is Pixar’s best film, but I can’t think of any other title in their catalog that has so many literally mind-blowing ideas stuffed into one movie. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Inside Out (2015) “Family Dinner – Inside and Out”
Something happened to Pixar post-Toy Story 3…..it became just another animation studio. Whereas (with the exception of the abomination that was Cars 2) Pixar has been cranking out some of the best animated films ever created since 1995’s original Toy Story, the last few years have been just…good. But good isn’t good when great is the expectation, and ever since I heard the concept for Pete Docter’s (Monsters Inc, Up) film, I’ve been longing to see Inside Out. Docter does not disappoint and delivers Pixar’s most imaginative triumph to date. I’m not saying Inside Out is Pixar’s best film, but I can’t think of any other title in their catalog that has so many literally mind-blowing ideas stuffed into one movie. Continue reading Movie Review: Inside Out (2015) *Pixar is Back in CLASSIC MODE!*
I know, I know, I know! It’s just been raining trailers lately, but after such a long drought how can I not pass along little nuggets of hope that the rest of the year is going to be better than the start has been. We just talked about Director Pete Docter in this week’s My Favorite Scene. Pete has four films on his resume: Monsters Inc., WALL-E, Up and now Inside Out. I’d have that tattooed on my forehead and just stare at people during job interviews.
Pixar, as quality as most of their films have been, haven’t always been the best at putting good trailers together. The first trailer for Inside Out was very good and got me excited. The second trailer relaxed me, because I’m completely confident we’re going to get a treat when Inside Out opens on June 19, 2015
Trying to pick the best of the Pixar films is easy once you narrow it down to about six. After that, good luck trying to rank one over the other. The Pixar movie that most impacted me was Pete Docter’s Up (Best Film of 2009). You’d think a movie about a crotchety old bugger who straps a bunch of balloons to his house would be silly (and I haven’t even mentioned Dug….SQUIRREL!) but it’s not.
Well, it is when it needs to be, and it needs to be sometimes because it is the most adult, heart-wringing and touching animated film I think I’ve ever seen. It’s a bit of personal bias, really. My wife and I always thought of ourselves as Carl and Ellie (she even bought us both Adventurer Pins when we went to Disneyland), and now that she’s gone I doubt I’ll ever be able to watch it again. Primarily, because of the movie’s best scene: a several minute, silent montage of an entire marriage. Highs and lows, the whole deal. At the end of that bit, once you scrape yourself off the floor, Carl never seems silly again, because you KNOW him. Pete Docter and his team did more character development in three minutes using no words at all than some TV series do over an entire run. It’s sad; it’s wonderful; it’s brilliant; it’s marriage.