Merida Hime

March 18th, 2012

I meant to post this the other day: the Japanese trailer for Pixar's Brave looks very different to the ones we've been seeing.

I don't by any means dislike the English language trailers. I adore the way Merida decides to compete for her own hand in the second trailer, and the customary Pixar attention to detail exemplified in the shots of her loosing that last arrow. However, the Japanese trailer emphasises different aspects of the story that make it feel more like a Hayao Miyazaki film. Which, lest there be any doubt, is a very good thing.

[Via James Nicoll]

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4/11 – must do better

December 30th, 2010

The Beauty of Pixar: a mashup of scenes from Pixar's films, complete with appropriate musical accompaniment. Nice work – though if it were me, I don't think I'd have inserted the clips from The Shining and Goodfellas.1

On a personal note, can I just observe that when I read the list of sources used in making that mashup I realised that I've only seen four Pixar films. Four2 out of eleven: that's a really pathetic score, isn't it?

Pardon me, I just need to go and surrender my geek credentials until I've done some homework…


  1. I see why they made sense in context, but to my mind their presence mostly detracted from the spectacle of all those perfect pixels.
  2. Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. Though I do have Toy Story 2 on the DVR, waiting for me to get round to it. As it has been since … [checks timestamp on recording ] … July 2010.

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Not passive

September 1st, 2010

Every thing is a play thing, or, Why Woody is like Sam Lowry and Cobb:

I've been enjoying the summer movie blockbusters, more or less, and have been struck by a couple that veer off in a decidedly metaphysical direction. And you won't be surprised to hear that I've spent a while thinking about the last few scenes of one film in particular, which may rewrite or redefine the entire narrative you've just seen.

I'm talking, of course, about Toy Story 3.

The Toy Story trilogy is being hailed as one of the great film series of all time, on a par with the Godfather series or the original Star Wars movies. Both of those were weakest in their third acts, while Toy Story 3 is a masterpiece. But it's also the one that pulls together a number of strings that have run through the three films, and threatens – right at its very end – to drag the whole edifice to the ground. And it's all done with one line of dialogue, that almost everybody else seems to have missed. […]

(Do I really need to add that spoilers for Toy Story 3 abound?)

[Via Yoz Grahame]

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Crying at robots

July 3rd, 2008

Pixar = Awesome!

[Via dsandler]

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