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My Favorite Scene: Inside Out (2015) “Family Dinner – Inside and Out”

 

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”

Movie Review: Inside Out (2015) *Pixar is Back in CLASSIC MODE!*

Inside 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!*

My Favorite Scene: Up (2009) “Carl & Ellie”

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.

UP, Carl Fredrickson

More Mondo Disney Art and Details on Their Show

Last week, we had some posters and pieces of art from Mondo Gallery’s upcoming show entitled “Nothing’s Impossible” which features artists from their crew reinterpreting classic Disney posters, movies and characters.  Here are even more examples and if you live in the Texas area, the show itself is taking place at Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX, right now through Tuesday.  For the posters we already posted, click here, and enjoy the Disney!

The Incredibles, Mr. Incredible

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