Feb. 24, 2008, 5:23 a.m. CST
Looking forward to those.
Feb. 24, 2008, 5:34 a.m. CST
They have a big Wall-E mock up at our local cinema and it is so damn cute. I have to walk past it everytime i go to the movies and every time i come out. most of the the time the memory of that blocks out the movie that preceded it. god there's a lot of crap out at the moment.
Feb. 24, 2008, 5:39 a.m. CST
wall e looks awesome, not sure about narnia still, the bbc versions are too dear to my heart!
Feb. 24, 2008, 5:45 a.m. CST
Love me that Pixar!
Feb. 24, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
Feb. 24, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST
will i be blubbing at the end like i blubbed at Silent Running? i hope so!! haha
Feb. 24, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST
Do you mean Saturn?
Feb. 24, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST
by Jawa 007
That's the prediction.
Feb. 24, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST
Quint, did you fall asleep for the rest of the Wall-E screening? There's a bit where EVE is trying to send Wall-E back to Earth for screwing something up: there's a mix-up and instead he's sent out in a jettisoned pod that's going to self-destruct. Wall-E escapes in the nick of time, using a fire-extinguisher to propel himself into space out of an airlock, and he and EVE are hilariously re-united in space. (lots more goes on in this scene but I don't want to totally spoil it for you, as it's very funny!) Wall-E looks fantastic! Incredible animation, some of which Staunton said wasn't even fully rendered, but I couldn't tell at all. (Someone asked if Staunton thought the animation has gotten better at PIXAR over time, and he mock-indignantly replied, "Are you saying that Toy Story has the WORST animation that PIXAR's ever done? Well, you're right!") Wall-E looks likely to be another massive hit for PIXAR. I can't wait to see this one!
Feb. 24, 2008, 8:58 p.m. CST
Probable because it is unfairly compared to LOTR, but this would be making the same mistake as comparing the books. Lewis does lean more toward a children's audience, although it still has the depth of mythology for adults to enjoy. Lewis is also a little more blatant about making apologetic argument through his story, but it is what gives what is essentially a children's story some depth...Narnia is Paradise lost and perhaps not just in a figuritve sense...and much of myth is based on mankind's fall from grace, which Lewis would argue is rooted in the objective desire for the true myth of Eden. When the professor scolds Susan about what 'logic' really means, he makes an apologetic argument for the reality of the miraculous, and the error of modern 'logic' to assume miracles are not possible. Quint's complaint that the first film is not 'dark' enough has become a cliche' criticism of every film which I have yet to fully understand what it means. I would replace the word 'depth' with 'dark' in my criticism, which probably results from straying from the book...but I still think the story worked on film, unlike many I enjoyed the acting, and thought the relationships and the drama worked. As Aslan is tormented before his execution, that's a pretty dark scene, and the creatures, imo, are convincingly evil looking. The idea of Santa Clause giving weapons to children is pretty dark, but reflects accurately the paradox of Christianity and how there is more to it than platitudes of 'peace and love'. As Chesterton points out, it is a complex and composite picture of truth, that centers on a mission, that involves the defeat of enemies. If Socrates and Confucious lived forever, their goal would be to preach and teach truths the rest of their lives...Jesus had a very specific method that required his death, he was on a mission. So, some subtle additions by Adamson I really liked, such as the images of the young soldiers in the beginning and Peter taking notice. Overrall, I reflect on this film, the drama, the action, great direction and score and can't figure out why it didn't get more critical acclaim, but I forget you're not allowed to be too blatantly Christian in Hollywood.
Feb. 24, 2008, 10:24 p.m. CST
allegory, myth, religious overtones, blah blah blah. Do we have to all make the same comments every time a Narnia article shows up? The fact is Prince Caspian is loads better than LWW. Its the book that transformed Narnia from never-never land into an alternate universe with its own history. Later books are even better at this, but PC is what gave the series legs. Lewis dropped much of the preachiness and the random corniness (like father christmas) in lieu of a more internally consistent,and therefore interesting, world. Without that change, LWW would be about as popular as Lewis' big flop "Pilgrim's Regress"
Feb. 25, 2008, 4:20 a.m. CST
WallE for sure will be an experience to remember when it arrives in theatre. I cant wait. Even though the film is a departure in some way to their previous efforts and could possibly faile - it is still equally high in concept and there is no denying that Pixar are a team that pushes their craft, art, storytelling to the limit taking risks along the way.
Feb. 25, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST
Throughout the eighties, there was a big hooplah over number 5--there for a little while, believe it or not, he was something of a national phenomenon. Everybody was talking about that robot and kids everywhere wanted to own one. No, it wasn't the size of ET or anything, but it was no market slouch, either. That said, the thing was also played in reruns ad hoc throughout the late eighties and nineties. What I'm saying is there is no way on G-d's green earth can this guy say in broad daylight that he was "subconsciously aware" of number five throughout the design process. He completely ripped the design, thought he could get away with it, and now that more people remember that robotic grasshopper than he thought, he's sort of like a kid with his hand caught in the cookie jar. "Honest, I really didn't mean to....It was, ummm, binoculars! Yeah, thats it! It was binoculars all the time, see?" <p>Look, I don't have a problem with him emulating (see snatching) number 5--just be honest about it. Don't get your ego all twisted in a knot and act as though your design was an epiphany when you've clearly lifted it. Lifting is okay, so long as you give credit where credit is due. Honestly, no one would be that uptight about it so long as this was an homage, rather than the lift that this guy's behavior suggests it to be...
Feb. 25, 2008, 9:16 p.m. CST
The Wondercon audience response to that caspain kiddie movie was tepid at best. But the crowd went CRAZY over the Wall-e footage. And with good reason. It looks AMAZING!
Feb. 26, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST
But really, these narnia books should be done as cartoons. That way we can get to see The Magicians Nephew - my bloody favourite!
Feb. 26, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST
I knew this would be an improvement over LWW (even though I still liked that movie), so hearing that it seems like it stays true to the book and that it will darker and chock full of battle scenes is comforting. I have faith that this one will be really great.