June 21, 2007, 3:21 a.m. CST
THIS MOVIE WAS AMAZING!!!
June 21, 2007, 3:33 a.m. CST
by Zakari Paolon
Saw this last saturday and I'm still thinking about it on a daily basis. Bird is a great. I will see this one again at the movies once it's out.
June 21, 2007, 3:38 a.m. CST
June 21, 2007, 3:39 a.m. CST
I had a similar reaction to Harry but that might just be because I'm an FF fanboy and was surprised to see the Silver Surfer and Galactus done mostly right.
June 21, 2007, 3:48 a.m. CST
Movie cant really fail for me, as it combines my two favourite things, Pixar and cooking ! After forty years of eating junk food, a couple of years ago I discovered the simple pleasure in good home cooking, and anything that can convince a child to forgo the happy meal and experience something real and tasty and fast is ok by me. Pixar have a 100 per cent track record for me, I've loved every one of their films but this one looks like it will be right at the top the tree :) No gay food jokes by the way, I have just bought a set of Global knives lol and I my knife fu is strong so be warned hahaha :)
June 21, 2007, 3:54 a.m. CST
Could you imagine.....?
June 21, 2007, 3:59 a.m. CST
by Boba Fat
I'm still wondering......still wondering.......wonder......wonder...and....I've stopped wondering.
June 21, 2007, 4:24 a.m. CST
and the rest of the Termite Terrace would be proud. "Classical storytelling" indeed, impeccable characterization and timing...you could turn the sound off entirely and still follow the story, still giggle at the gags. Don't be put off by the premise, the film slyly and stylishly addresses your concerns.
June 21, 2007, 5:07 a.m. CST
by Det. John Kimble
And recent movies have not gotten me excited. Go PIXAR, show everyone how stories still make the movie.
June 21, 2007, 5:26 a.m. CST
Great and insightful words. The "unusual set visit" part had my heart stop for a second...
June 21, 2007, 5:33 a.m. CST
It was great! Pixar continues to amaze with their string of hits. The short film before the feature, called Lifted (?) was pretty funny too. Brad Bird really knows his stuff.
June 21, 2007, 5:52 a.m. CST
June 21, 2007, 6:47 a.m. CST
Always a pleasure -- I'll definitely see this opening night.
June 21, 2007, 7:10 a.m. CST
i completely agree. kudos, sir, for a good review.
June 21, 2007, 7:13 a.m. CST
by half vader
No, that'd be Jan's premise. :) Nice review though Mori - if a little redundant in that is any sane person NOT already hanging out to see it? ;) (sorry, I've got a smiley infection at the moment)
June 21, 2007, 7:39 a.m. CST
by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell
June 21, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST
by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell
"FANTASTIC FOUR 2: RISE OF THE SILVER SUCK is more like being kicked in the balls than stabbed in the balls. Eventually, the pain will pass." go to harrys review talkback to see plenty more!
June 21, 2007, 8:33 a.m. CST
by dark antifyre
....was dying to see this film already, as Iron Giant is one of favourites of the last 10 years....but your review just made my mouth water! Thank you!(but now I really want to grab some lunch!)
June 21, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST
by just pillow talk
I totally agree about Iron Giant & The Incredibles, own both, and they are great movies. And in this summer, this will be raised to an even higher plateau due to the summer suckage...
June 21, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST
I love Brad Bird. I LOVE The Iron Giant. I enjoyed The Incredibles superficially. But the themes in that movie felt a little too much like The Fountainhead for Kids. I know I sound like Massawyrm right now but it's true man and it's a bit unnerving.
June 21, 2007, 9:17 a.m. CST
You will never reach the heights of Pixar!!! Stick to your CGI cartoons with big name stars while Pixar churns out great FILMS.
June 21, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST
This movie is the best from their cunning hands!
June 21, 2007, 10:28 a.m. CST
by Darth Thoth
I can't wait for this movie. BB is the man and I expect this film to be great.
June 21, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST
by half vader
And that is why you have no friends.
June 21, 2007, 10:56 a.m. CST
Saw a sneek peek as well!!!! Great animated movie, Mr. Byrd is fantastic...
June 21, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST
...your fave of 2004? I'm sure I remember you saying that. It was mine. Incredibles was ace though.
June 21, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST
Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, The Increrdibles, Ratatouille>Shrek. I love Shrek. It is up there as one of my favourite movies, but most of the Pixar movies are still better, and no other CG animated movie comes close to being better than a Pixar film.
June 21, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST
RATATOUILLE.... mmmm nice review.
June 21, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST
Brad Bird IS a major talent, but I hardly think he's the imaginitive genius that Miyazaki is. Still, this movie sounds very appealing. Nice review.
June 21, 2007, 1:03 p.m. CST
you're the one who needs the mushrooms. There's room for your Happy Meal Fart Joke Pop Song Montage franchise bilge and our, y'know, good movies.
June 21, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST
The Ayn Rand connection to the Incredibles is actually quite interesting, but at the same time The Incredibles presented more balance and less preaching than you would likely find in her works. The oppressive big government man is actually a friend of the family, and they do show the dangers of super powered beings in equal fashion.
June 21, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST
by That Reilly Monster
Eli is gonna be PISSED when he sees you calling someone else the best filmmaker working today.<br><br>j/k. Can't wait to see this. Missed the sneak preview last Saturday because of my daughter's recital, damn it.
June 21, 2007, 1:53 p.m. CST
I was interviewing Brad Bird and Brad Lewis this morning for the local tv program I am on and Brad Bird's assistant came out and started saying how great this review was and how ecstatic Brad was when he read it. Congrats! Thought you would like to know that. Joe @ www.moviepulse.net
June 21, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST
I got teary eyed too. Definately going to be one of my top 10 movies, it was just so funny and smart and touching. Great Review.
June 21, 2007, 3:28 p.m. CST
I just hope Harry didn't have any input.
June 21, 2007, 5:34 p.m. CST
by Bungion Boy
Saw it last week and Moriarty nailed it. I loved this film so much. If you haven't seen the 9 minutes online yet, I would advise that you don't. It's one of the best sequences in the film and you should experience it for the first time on the big screen. But the whole film is wonderful.
June 21, 2007, 7:13 p.m. CST
by half vader
June 21, 2007, 7:14 p.m. CST
yes, the Incredibles had a message that talented individuals shouldn't be made to hide their lights underneath a bushel. But I don't see how that makes Brad Bird some rabid individualist Ayn Rand flake.
June 21, 2007, 7:31 p.m. CST
this is going to be a classic.
June 21, 2007, 8 p.m. CST
Especially with the "unexpected tears" moment. The following is a bit **SPOILERISH**, so do NOT read on if you haven't seen the movie yet. The flashback moment was, in my opinion the most joyfully cathartic cinema moment I've ever experienced! It's funny because at the precise moment that the character in the movie has his flashback, I felt the exact same way, except for a different reason. The flashback happened in the film, and Ego is transported back to a poignant joy of his childhood. At that precise moment, I suddenly felt like a kid watching Star Wars for the first time. It was absolutley, bizarrely exhilarating, and I realized that I was having the BEST TIME I've had at the movies in ages. **END SPOILERISH** Anyway I'd be interested to find out if it was just me, or if anybody else felt like this when they saw the movie. Long and short of it, I think that Ratatouille is stylistically and thematically Pixar's best movie to date, and that is saying a hell of a lot. I know the Academy HATES nominating animated movies outside of the "animated" catagory, but for God's sake, this is THE BEST MOVIE I HAVE SEEN THIS DECADE. Once again, a bunch of animation and computer nerds from Silicon Valley have completely put Hollywood to shame.
June 21, 2007, 8:08 p.m. CST
Yeah, I can't even remember the last time that a single moment in a movie made me laugh and cry at the same time.
June 21, 2007, 8:38 p.m. CST
The flashback you refer to is simply amazing in how emotional and simulataneously hilarious it is. You say this is the best movie so far...but you know damn well there won't be a better movie this year... SEE THIS AS SOON AS YOU CAN!!!!
June 21, 2007, 8:42 p.m. CST
Shows his maturity as a film maker. FOUNTAINHEAD FOR KIDS = sounds good to me....
June 21, 2007, 10:18 p.m. CST
As in, in the entirety of the film medium, not just animation. I can't really imagine Ratatouille topping it, but whatever Bird makes, I'll watch. Especially with Pixar backing him. They basically had me at hello.
June 22, 2007, 1:02 a.m. CST
Did anyone think this movie wasn't going to get glowing reviews from the entire aicn staff? No, me neither. Eh, i'm still not all that excited about the cooking rat movie, I'll wait for the DVD.
June 22, 2007, 2:11 a.m. CST
I believe you are referring to Remy's sophisticated palate (A chef's palate has to be good for a chef to be successful), rather than palette (the burnished palette of The Godfather's cinematography). Palette and palate are homophones so it's a fairly common error.
June 22, 2007, 4:46 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... and it's just one of those cases where I actually thought that was the proper spelling. Consider me edumacated by a talkback.
June 22, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST
Disney's smartest business move in recent memory -- to me -- was making sure they held on to Pixar, and giving Lasseter creative control over nearly everything. The dense executives thought all it took to make a popular animated movie these days was CGI, and they could just do it themselves. Then Chicken Little came out, was a disappointment to them (I think it was, anyway) and someone realized, we need Pixar. I'm very interested to see what kind of 2D animation we'll get out of Disney in the future.
June 22, 2007, 2:40 p.m. CST
should listen to the commentary. While there are some similarities in the ideas Bird is much more liberal and democratic and inclusive. It's actually a really nice balance that I agree with in many repscts.
June 23, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST
I cannot wait to see this on the widescreen. I couldn't help myself and watched the pirated dvd available here in the Philippines, which was surprisingly clear! I've never seen computer animation like this before, and most likely, neither have you. Simply put, it doesn't look like a damn CGI movie, it looks like a painting in motion...... it's years beyond Happy Feet, Madagascar, and yes, Shrek III. It will make you feel the same way you did the first time you saw Terminator 2 and The Matrix. And like those two groundbreaking films, the amazing digital effects never got in the way of the excellent stories of those movies. This is Pixar at its best, people. For fans of the ff: 1. the Indiana Jones series 2. Amelie and Casablanca 3. Toy Story 1 & 2, Monsters Inc., A Bug's Life, The Incredibles, & Cars 4. Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen, Iron Chef, Jamie Oliver, Mario Batali, and all the other Food Network shows.... this is YOUR movie!!!
June 23, 2007, 3:07 p.m. CST
It would make the Clone Wars look like crap!!!
June 23, 2007, 3:48 p.m. CST
And then I'll change the channel. Rats, the French, French cooking, France - that's four strikes. I'll be surprised if it does well.
June 23, 2007, 8:29 p.m. CST
Better than Toy Story!!
June 24, 2007, 12:22 p.m. CST
by half vader
Animation thrives on unlikely situations for their possibilities and oppostites and contrast and conflict (which is drama of course) for the possibility to create something not possible or probable in live-action (and the challenge of going beyond the premise). But noooooo. "A fuckin' rat and cooking? Yeah like THAT's gonna work!" (self satisfied snigger). <p> Thank God creative and animation types aren't as myopic as your average talkbacker. Can you imagine if this was fifty years ago? It'd be "What? Rodents that TALK? WTF?" and "For fuck's sake - ANOTHER Bugs Bunny/Mickey Mouse/Droopy/Donald/Daffy Duck cartoon??? Can't these guys come up with something new instead of repeating themselves for decades? If I see another animated mouse..." <p> Or... "A puppet that wants to be a boy? WTF? Who thought THAT stupid shit up?" or "A poisoned apple? Ya gotta be kidding me - how stupid IS that chick?" or "A FLYING elephant? EVERYONE knows it's PIGS that fly (!)!" or if you want to make things a bit more analogous, "Ballerina HIPPOS? WTF? How stupid can you possibly be? That's about as far from a real dancer as you can get - what moron came up with that? And still with the animals???" <p> Are the dipsticks getting my point? Maybe I need to be a bit clearer?
June 25, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST
THis movie is a good movie. ONe of the best of the summer. Also there was no mention of the cool brown overlay that most of the movie had. Made it feel like you were watching an older movie that was set in paris. The sewer scenes looked very Real. This is a pixar movie no doubt. Also props to anybody who catches the incredibles reference in 5the movie :)
June 25, 2007, 2:47 p.m. CST
They have soul and storytelling abilities in common, but Myiasaki doesn't always make a lot of sense- at least from a western perspective. I love Ghibli, but not all their work is on the same level of quality. Bird's films have so far been spotless. Cant wait to see what he does next- hope he skips that one about the SF earthquake and makes something like a more adult-oriented scifi thing.
June 25, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST
Not just to prove that he's better, or just to make something everybody wants to see. But i'm sure he's just as creative, and he could teach those japanese how to make an adventure that's coherent...something even the greatest in anime usually misses.
June 25, 2007, 7:14 p.m. CST
by half vader
And was there a Ratatouille cameo in Cars? You know how they put cameos of the NEXT film in their movies? And there's always that rubber ball from Red's dream in there somewhere. Anyone know? <p> As for the Mars movie, when they say it'll be live-action/animation cross (Isn't that what Wall-e is too?) do they mean just a live action flick with lots of animation (like say Phantom Menace which was jokingly referred to in-house as the 'aminated movie' having 2000 effects shots) or do they mean part live-action & photoreal and part non-photoreal/stylised like all their other movies??
June 25, 2007, 8:20 p.m. CST
...is overrated. Bring on the rat!
June 26, 2007, 10:10 p.m. CST
There is no comparison to be made between Miyazaki and Bird. Bird is not even in the same league. His films are fun, but I don't believe anyone goes to see them for their "heady" subject matter and "thematic complexity". Miyazaki has the balls and the visionary talent to weave huge themes with entertaining drama. Thank God for Japanese animation. Does the world really need another American CG animated flick with critters behaving like humans?
June 27, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST
by half vader
I guess I SHOULD have been clearer up there eh Lonegun?<p> You talk about complexity and simplistic American stuff then reduce things down to the 'talking animals' bonehead critique. Whatever man. Of course the answer is YES, if it's still a great story.
June 27, 2007, 2:18 a.m. CST
did you see where you're quoted on an ad for ratatouille on rotten tomatoes? i dont know if its anywhere else or if ya knew, but i saw "drew mcweeny, aint it cool" says ratatouille is "leaps and bounds the best film of the year!"
June 27, 2007, 6:53 a.m. CST
He is best when he is at his simplest, like in Totoro. But even when his tales are super-creative and complex, all his characters act the same. His characters are a couple of different archetypes that gets recycled again and again. Being more soap-opera dramatic and dazzling with his images does not make him better than Bird. Myiazaki might have a certain timeless enchantmet that its hard to find in american movies but in the end his stories are simplistic and two-dimensional. He might so far have shown more magic, but Bird is much superior when it comes to making you believe in and identify with a variety of different creatures and personalities. And Bird's stories has coherence.
June 27, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST
that's ridiculus! -SP- Micheal bay is the best. . . kidding. Ratatouille was not as good as Finding Nemo, or Toy Story, or The Incredibles, however it did get better as it went along. And Brad Bird is not better than Miyazaki (though who's to say who's better).
June 27, 2007, 12:34 p.m. CST
Furthermore don't insult Japanese animation, because it isn't coherent. I tend to think it's because you don't recognize subtle cultural references. American cultural references are easier because we are imperialistic with it. Japanese animation (for the most part) is heady, intelligent and asks for repeat viewings. Nothing Miyazaki has done is simplistic or two-dimensional. That's insane. He goes way beyond Hollywood plot-point / character arc dramatic setup and design. Pixar is a family oriented animation company taking it's cue from Disney in the 90's. They are great at what they do and it's quality all around, but don't mistake a couple of one-liners about society or emotion as any real study on humananity, leave that to the subtle imagery of miyazaki and fellow independant companies from around the world - like the guys who made Triplets of Belville, and other smaller scale cats. Brad Bird is not better than Miyazaki, and comparing them annoys me. Don't annoy me.
June 27, 2007, 1:38 p.m. CST
Sorry but i dont buy the "subtle cultural reference" argument. I'm sure there's things in anime that goes over the head of the us barbaric westerners. But that doesn't excuse this general lack of coherence in anime. Or the flat characters. Who's to say who is better indeed, but those who claim that Bird is somehow not even in the same league as Miyasaki are looking at the package and not the contents.
June 27, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST
I am not claiming Bird is not in the same league, and America is not thoroughly Barbaric. 'I don't buy' the lack of coherence bit, as I and many others have no problems understanding Miyazaki's dramatic movements and / or structure. Nor do I buy the flat character bit. I would love to see a comparison put forth between Pixar characters and Miyazaki characters. Again looking and the package and contents, I whole heartedly disagree, in fact I feel as though I should say the exact same thing to those who believe one is better than the other. I will let certain statements annoy me, especially when they are not followed by rigorous logical evidence. Fork it over, sucka
June 27, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST
by half vader
Ease up on us with the innapropriate apostrophes dude!;) What I really wanted to ask though is don't you mean Disney in the 40s? Considering Pixar follow the original Disney method, not the 90s (they were already making feature films themselves by then) and it sure had nothing to do with Kimba - oops Lion King and Thief & the Cobb - oops Aladdin and so on. <p> As far as being coherent goes, maybe a lot of people are confusing it with ambiguity. Many cultural references can be recognised through their context in the scene even if we aren't familiar with the actual custom or reference. Ambiguity however is used differently by Japanese and western films. In American films it's acceptable to use ambiguity in relation to character traits or motivation whereas we baulk at ambiguity in plot though Japanese audiences have no problem with it. <p> Not trying to sound all wanky, I just don't know how else to say it.
June 27, 2007, 2:42 p.m. CST
Insulting to Pixar, ad they are far more original. However they are not as experimental as Early Disney. They are however, much like the Disney of the 90's in terms of entertainment and production value. I give Pixar high praises compared to 90's Disney, however. I agree with your talk-back as a whole. And I'll work on the apostrophes. . .and grammer, and spelling. . .
June 27, 2007, 2:52 p.m. CST
by half vader
I was just having a go (grammar/spelling) at ya. I get you about entertainment/production value (although I'd argue the analogy is equally valid to 40s Disney).
June 27, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST
I really like the 40's animation, and the production value was spectacular for that time. Still holds up well now.
June 27, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST
by half vader
Continuing on with the 'subtle references we don't get' thing, I wonder about stuff like classic Warner Bros. cartoons, where the score is used as a narrative device. Although I sure didn't live back then, somehow (cartoon osmosis?) I know the title when I hear the tune and therefore get the joke as they would have back then. Even if I don't know the 40s pop-culture reference I still 'get it' because of the tone and tempo. It works both ways. <p> The thing is we're living in the age of morons whose defence is "Why should I have to know that? It's before my time!". Hey, I didn't grow up with the Beatles either but fuck me I'm not that myopic or pigheaded that I'd even try to comment on music or defend myself if I didn't even know THAT much. <p> ANYway what I'm saying is that these says lowest-common-denominator pap like Shrek can't even do the classic Warner pop reference stuff right because it seems to me that even if a young audience doesn't 'get' the song reference in a Bugs Bunny cartoon they still have the tools to inform you as to the intent of the scene. Stuff like Shrek is so ridiculously specific (to the point where only U.S. audiences will understand) with the references I don't see how it will possibly stand up for another 5 years, never mind the better part of century like Bugs. Is this unfair? Toy Story for that matter has plenty of references but they all work on both levels too. <p> I know I know I'm rambling again...
June 27, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST
by half vader
- oops. Also, inform THEM. Gah!
June 28, 2007, 2:24 a.m. CST
Who's with me??
June 28, 2007, 4:19 a.m. CST
by half vader
I'm with you, but after that April Fool's prank last year (or the year before?) I'm once bitten twice shy. I sooooo wanted to believe it! Cruelest April fool's ever.
June 28, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST
that would be perfect. would love to see that.
June 29, 2007, 7:10 p.m. CST
Saw it. Wasn't sure Id like it at first. LOVED it. My review.<P>http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog&pop=1&indicate=1
June 29, 2007, 7:11 p.m. CST
guess that doesn work. <P>Myspace.com/eregal
Dec. 24, 2007, 12:39 p.m. CST