April 18, 2009, 9:39 p.m. CST
Looking forward to up like all Pixar films
April 18, 2009, 9:39 p.m. CST
Just kiddin'. Can't wait for this one.
April 18, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST
April 18, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST
by Sonic Reducer
April 18, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST
Is it better than Toy Story 2 and The Incredibles or just above A Bugs Life?
April 18, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST
by Sonic Reducer
So does Christian Bale dipped in fudge... ZING!!!! Ok, I'll stop
April 18, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST
They just are Pixar.
April 18, 2009, 9:44 p.m. CST
You liked it, I get why and doesn't give the key points away. Keep it up.
April 18, 2009, 9:45 p.m. CST
I love Pixar. Even the mediocre ones-Cars, Bug's Life and Monsters Inc. Are lightyears ahead of the best animation from rival studios. They had me at "Pixar presents."
April 18, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST
There's a masterpiece!
April 18, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST
I thought the Q & A was also one of the best, where every question I wanted to ask was asked by someone in the audience, and answered articulately. I was very happy to have seen the documentary "The Pixar Story" about a year or so before seeing this to understand how unique Pixar is in combining full force creative talent with scientific/engineering genius and what it produces for us to enjoy as entertainment. (It's like those old Reese's commercials hey...you got peanut butter in my chocolate!) UP is a beautiful movie through and through. Thanks to Harry and the Kids club and the Drafthouse for letting us see this early. And I LOVED Partly Cloudy, too.
April 18, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST
...usually it takes a bulk-handling crane to accomplish that.
April 18, 2009, 10:13 p.m. CST
I've seen other talkbackers ask this in other talkbacks, and no one seems to know--what the hell is the current flash animation at the top about? All I can think of is the Ace Ventura sequel, where he shadow-puppets tweaking the villian's nipples.
April 18, 2009, 10:22 p.m. CST
I'm not wild about their human character designs; particularly how they caricature elderly people. They suffer from Jimmy Neutron Syndrome -- great personalities, perfect rendering, but the character designs look like they were executed by amateur cartoonists.<br>Beautiful renderings, sorry designs.<br><br>Toys, monsters, rats and bugs they can do -- but people...needs some work.
April 18, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST
Toy Story > Ratatouille > The Incredibles > Toy Story 2 > Monsters Inc. > Cars > Wall-E > Finding Nemo > A Bug's Life (but none of them are bad films... The top 3 are all 9s whereas A Bug's Life is a 6. The rest are 7s and 8s.
April 18, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST
by Cotton McKnight
I hope not. Has the lap band surgery been helping? We need you to stick around, you know.
April 18, 2009, 10:25 p.m. CST
Could be a reference to Bram Stoker's Dracula:the scene where Keanu is writing the letter to Winona and Oldman is lurking in the shadows. Or I could be wrong.
April 18, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST
by Cotton McKnight
I don't see that at all. I would in fact say that it is far and away my least favorite. By a country mile. Like you said, none of them are bad, I just prefer some over others.
April 18, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST
It told me a lot about why you think Up is special, but without giving too much away. Since it sounds like the discovery of something novel will be a big part of this movie's appeal, that's considerate of you. I'm looking forward to this flick. Though again, I wish they'd had the balls to just call the kid a Boy Scout (a minor point I know, but a sore one with me, heh).
April 18, 2009, 10:31 p.m. CST
Could be, but the shadows in Dram Stoker's Dracula were all very fluid, while the one above looks like a finger based shadow-puppet. That could be part of the joke though, I suppose. I've been coming here at least six years and this one is one of only a couple that I haven't got.
April 18, 2009, 10:53 p.m. CST
And I never will.UP WILL WIN THE OSCAR!
April 18, 2009, 10:56 p.m. CST
April 18, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST
Cause Wall E kinda sucked.
April 18, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST
I don't get it. It's PIXAR. *sits back and waits for the typical angry 40 year old virgin teeth grinding in the talkbacks*
April 18, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST
This is going to be one of those years that you are happy to a person that loves film.
April 18, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST
A lot of blood supporting your waist, am sure it's amazing when little Harry stands tall and proud
April 18, 2009, 11:36 p.m. CST
That or Harry is on meds, seems like a different person. Movie looks great, but there is so much coming out right now - they keep it dry so long and then cram everything out at once.
April 18, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST
You never really said anything in particular about the movie in your "review". But you did say how the 1,200 people in the audience were "screaming, shrieking". You even quoted your fellow audience members: "I've never screamed in terror at a movie in my life until tonight!" (node/40453) How about some particulars? It's Raimi's first horror flick in like two decades. Surely, you must have some thoughts on it.
April 18, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST
comes out? I haven't really liked them since Monsters INC.
April 18, 2009, 11:58 p.m. CST
(big Ups to Sonic Reducer)
April 19, 2009, 12:01 a.m. CST
April 19, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST
Wasn't Larry the Cable Guy in that one? Maybe that's why.
April 19, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST
I read through the whole article thing and other than some shit about an island and an old man this is one of the most rambling articles Harry has written in days.
April 19, 2009, 12:10 a.m. CST
Those are the only ones I walked out of/turned off.Toy Story 2 is easily one of my least favorite sequels in history. I swear monkey with typewriters wrote it... Forgot about Wally. That sucked, too.
April 19, 2009, 12:20 a.m. CST
flying with balloons.
April 19, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST
I hate it when people recount the whole plot in reviews.
April 19, 2009, 12:31 a.m. CST
why should we care about this movie?
April 19, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST
Best Pixar movie evahhhhh. The Pix gang managed to create a viable believable world out of a child's night terrors. Ubercool. So, Harry, you liked UP? Well, maybe I'll go see it anyway.
April 19, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
Awesome, watched a million times:<BR> TOY STORY<BR> TOY STORY 2<BR> THE INCREDIBLES <BR><BR> Great, watched a bunch of times:<BR> RATATOUILLE<BR> MONSTERS, INC.<BR><BR> Average:<BR> A BUGS LIFE<BR><BR> Sucked:<BR> CARS
April 19, 2009, 12:37 a.m. CST
Those damn ads with those HORRIBLY DESIGNED CHARACTERS actually made me hate the clown's food even more than I normally do, which is to say, prodigiously. I have not gone to see MvA because it looked like total ass, like bargain-basement TV CGI, like Get Ed, like Back to the Barnyard, like Bizarro Jimmy Neutron. Ptoo! So I'm hepped up on UP, because it looks pretty cool. But I won't be seeing it because Harry liked it. Hey, Harry, how's that Obama presidency workin' out for ya?
April 19, 2009, 12:49 a.m. CST
HOW CAN THEY BE ALIVE AND DRIVING AND RACING BY THEMSELVES WHEN THE WHOLE POINT OF CARS IS THAT PEOPLE DRIVE THEM??? Family Guy actually stole this gag from me, of Pixar making any random object anthropomorphic and alive.
April 19, 2009, 1:04 a.m. CST
by Shut the Fuck up Donny
And I quote: "You remember those. The dreams you had as a child that perhaps many of you followed for an indeterminate period of time, before realizing that you didn’t have the math and science to be an astronaut" <P> THIS statement from a guy who's fucking running a very profitable business devoted to geekery; associating with people in Hollywood; is decked out in collectibles and nostalgia?..And before that I think I recall you said you were running a family oil operation?! <p> Come on, Harry. Do you REALLY know what that feels like to have to "compromise"? Did you really have to have a harsh dose of reality? So you didn't become an astronaut--you're doing better than 99% of the population, and still living the average child's dream! <p> I love you and your site Harry, but sometimes I REALLY wonder if you have perspective here. <p> Then again, I'm an oversensitive bitch...And still very excited to see this movie.
April 19, 2009, 1:31 a.m. CST
This is the first Pixar movie I have no desire to see. I may rent it. But thats about it.
April 19, 2009, 1:35 a.m. CST
April 19, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST
The eyeball guy was brilliant. He just had me rolling on the floor. I loved him as one could love a cartoon character.
April 19, 2009, 1:58 a.m. CST
Seriously, snoring an all, until my friend next to me hit me to wake up. Why does CARS get included with all those great Pixar films? It's no where near as good as any of them, for me its the worst Pixar film.
April 19, 2009, 2:17 a.m. CST
by lavatory love machine
they haven't top toy store 2 yet, the best pure sequel of all time (not part of a saga but an independent story)
April 19, 2009, 2:40 a.m. CST
by Laya Maheshwari
Add a spoiler box to this article?? It needs one.
April 19, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST
Every year it's another cute bug eyed monster or robot now or animal.
April 19, 2009, 2:55 a.m. CST
So, what would shake up that formula in your mind? What type of character/film would break that trend, huh? Because to me, it's impossible to pick out such a superficial trend out of their subject matter. They've animated inanimae objects, animals, and humans. It's like trying to play 20 questions with the restriction that whatever it is can't be animal, mineral or vegetable, because it's always animal, mineral, or vegetable, and dangit, it's time for something new! Every time I hear someone classify Pixar films as "all the same", it always falls back onto the most general of comparisons.
April 19, 2009, 3:05 a.m. CST
pixar makes great films. what i love most about all of this talk back is how everyone has different favorites and different opinions. That's what makes thess films so great is that they can move different people, honestly i didn't really like cars, but i didn't think it was a bad film, just didnt move me. the brad bird films and monsters inc. to me, have been the best all around films. Can't wait to see this one, harry's review has pumped me up for sure.
April 19, 2009, 3:22 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
April 19, 2009, 3:39 a.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
When they were showing zoom-out views of the track, with all the spectacle and lights. Then it just went to sheer boredom. I found the whole time at that little town so dumb.
April 19, 2009, 3:45 a.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
It would be the first "head to head' contest on how two studios tackle basically the same subject matter.
April 19, 2009, 3:47 a.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
April 19, 2009, 3:49 a.m. CST
I am not sure if I want them to make Live Action... Kinda makes them in the same pool as everyone else...
April 19, 2009, 3:54 a.m. CST
That's when UP starts screening in the Philippines... Cheer up! 112 more days to go. It's just like you cracked your head on an accident, be on coma for 4 months and when you wake up... voila... UP glory awaits... If you're on the states and you are on coma... you'll miss it! We've got time to crack our heads!
April 19, 2009, 4:01 a.m. CST
by Col. Tigh-Fighter
Oh PIXAR, you can do no wrong! <p> And the roster goes......... <p>Toy Story 2<p>Rattattouille (sp) lol <p>WALL:E <p>The INcredibles<p>Toy Story <p>Bugs Life <p>Monster Inc <p> Finding Nemo <p> Cars. <p> Cars is beautiful, but there;s just something creepy and wrong about it, unfortunately. I thought the shot of the main cars tongue was just wrong lol. God, I love me some PIXAR :)
April 19, 2009, 4:17 a.m. CST
Pixar is awesome yes, but automatically liking every Pixar movie, just because it's made from Pixar is wrong. That's not to say Cars was God awful or anything, just lame.
April 19, 2009, 4:22 a.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
Cars was right after Incredibles right? I remember seeing the teaser for Cars and feeling nothing. And I felt upset because I felt like I had to look forward to whatever was AFTER Cars. Obviously I still watched Cars when it came out, but from the beginning it was ho-hum.
April 19, 2009, 4:48 a.m. CST
The sequel was good, but just that, a sequel that tries to recapture the magic of the first film and fails. Movies aren't just good story telling and characters. They have to evoke a certain feeling. Toy Story is a classic from beginning to end. It's a perfect arch, a complete circle. It's up there with Snow White. No other Pixar film will ever top it. To me it's like remembering your first kiss. It's the one you remember the most. Anyone putting any other Pixar film above it, is purely going on nostalgia. Because you were ten when you saw Toy Story 2 and it was your first Pixar film blah blah. No! Toy Story is the perfect film. The perfect Pixar film.
April 19, 2009, 6:17 a.m. CST
And I suspect I'm not alone. A old guy feels alienated by modern society so he floats his house away with balloons?!? The only reason that anyone would give that concept 5 minutes of their time is the Pixar brand.
April 19, 2009, 6:24 a.m. CST
April 19, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST
there will be no need to review Pixar movies. All the adverts need say is Pixar. Hey, they can stuff trailers as well, just say the title and when it's out. It's still likely to be brilliant and a deserved success.
April 19, 2009, 6:59 a.m. CST
not interested in this one... a first for a pixar movie. Hope i'll be proved wrong
April 19, 2009, 7 a.m. CST
Toy Story Toy Story 2 The Incredibles WALL:E - Finding Nemo (can't decide) Rattattouille Monster Inc Bugs Life Cars
April 19, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST
You might get that wish in 2011. One of the Pixar releases in that year is The Bear and the Bow, an epic fantasy set in the middle ages.
April 19, 2009, 8:01 a.m. CST
...wasting precious time on a moronic review...
April 19, 2009, 8:02 a.m. CST
...are your so-called review always limited to comparisons to other films ? Yes, I guess they are.
April 19, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST
Isn't that flash animation a reference to THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER (aka ALL THAT MONEY CAN BUY)? Great film that came out the same time as CITIZEN KANE.
April 19, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST
by The Funketeer
It just wasn't great.
April 19, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST
They make brilliantly designed animations, so far superior to DreamWorks and other companies that it hurts. But the word 'masterpiece' is so overused these days. Give a film 10 years, then let's see if it's a masterpiece.
April 19, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST
I like that the Pixar folks (John Lassiter in particular) are such huge fans of Miyazaki. And, unless I'm mistaken, this is their first dip into his kind of world. I loooove the fact that this is about an old man on a personal quest. The strange floating house, the dog with the collar. The kid with issues. I haven't had the pleasure of seeing this yet. But just from the trailer I'm getting a Miyazaki ibe that really has me jazzed. Can't wait!
April 19, 2009, 10:04 a.m. CST
I have no interest in what gets you "up," Harry.
April 19, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST
Well....come to think of it the second half of Wall*E also had a bit of that Miyazaki feel...especially the blobby humans floating around in the spaceship.
April 19, 2009, 10:06 a.m. CST
Pixar's films are made for me. Only me. And I'm 42. LOL.
April 19, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST
(spits tobacco, narrows eyes, fingers holster, walks into the O.K. Corral).
April 19, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST
Man, would long-suffering parents love that! Pixar should make the thing talk: "I'm not eatin' this slop!" or "This food gives me gas." Now THAT'S a toy I'd actually enter the dread demesne of McDonald'sLand for. But never for the "food".
April 19, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST
another Pixar gem, good to see them on a roll agian Cars really did stink, but I think that also was Pixar's attempt for a good corporate franchise, we'll probably see a couple Cars films and compared to the other schlock out there they will still be better the most. However to me Pixar is about great quality films I'm worried about Newt on the horizon it could be there first bomb.
April 19, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST
at first, I didn't like what I saw, but I am slowly warming up to it. As far as the Wall-E vs Bolt debate...wall-e all the way. Bolt though was a very big surprise for me because I expected Disney not to capture any of the magic PIXAR produces all the time, but it was actually a movie that made me feel that Disney has it in them to make something good if PIXAR decides one day to cut their their. Wall-E was not only a beautiful film to look at, but it was a brilliant social commentary on what technology is doing to the people in this world and it was movie. The person who compared TOY STORY's greatness to your first kiss...I loved that.
April 19, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST
by THE TRUE PINBACK
Pixar is pretty much the one sure thing wehen it comes to motion picture entertainment these days. Everything they've done has been good (A BUG'S LIFE) to great (THE INCREDIBLES) or somehwere in between. No one has a track record like this. I think many of the pessimistic talkbackers that perpetually lurk here are just waiting for the Pixar folks to fall flat on their asses. But I've got news for you. It ain't gonna happen with UP!
April 19, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST
Pixar has always hit it out of the park. With all of their films. With Bug's Life at bottom, and The Incredibles at the top. They do what the rest of Hollywood doesnt understand, what Bryan SInger, and Mc g have no clue about, what Michel Bay cant comprehend what every other 'I have no original idea' director/producer can understand.....they tell an original story in layers, and they do it in a way where the story and the characters always have first priority. Everyone can hat all they want on Pixar, but no one can make a movie as good, and interesting, and emotionally satisfying.
April 19, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST
It ain't gonna happen with UP?! so wrong... Ir ain't gonna happen with Pixar. Period.
April 19, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST
by THE TRUE PINBACK
I agree with you. If Pixar was gonna fuck up, it would have already happened. These people have an eye for quality that is sorely lacking in the film industry right now. You can't say that about Dreamworks animation-although I have to admit I really enjoyed MONSTERS VS. ALIENS. But I think that their other films-SHREK included-are stinking piles that are instantly forgettable wastes of time.
April 19, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST
The most overrated studio ever.
April 19, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST
but Harry, did you really just call Kirk Douglas "Kurt"?? Bad form, sir.. As for Pixar "best of", The Incredibles wins. Up until last year, it was the best film ever made about superheroes. And its only 2nd if we can really call Nolan's Batman a superhero.
April 19, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST
Pixar's genius deserves my best effort. . .
April 19, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST
... perfect raunchy review title pun. <p> When did Harry stop referring to his privates and the fluids that come out of them in his reviews? God this place changed so much... Not that this is a change I'd complain about...
April 19, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST
Is Harry is writing a resignation letter to this site letting us know he is stepping down and letting a group of people handle the site better then he can... Please do the right thing Harry!
April 19, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST
So tired of everybody slobbering all over Wall-E's mentally challenged knob.
April 19, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST
April 19, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST
Harry, if you read this please respond, i do not write this to just be a dick, but to be serious, i love this site, this is where i get my reviews, this was the place to get the reviews without the bullshit, and usually not too biased, now i know what your verdict is going to be on movies as soon as they are announced. Star Trek, Drag me to hell for example, you loved them before they came out, maybe they are good, but i think you go in with too much of biased, negative/positive, xmen 3 was a movie you knew going in you were going to hate, you said it since you first started hearing about it, wolverine you are looking at mixed, and i bet the review will say the same, just a little better than x3, but you will still hate it because fox is doing it and they fucked up x3, im gonna call the future reviews for everyone to take notice and compare when they come up, terminator is gonna be pretty good, he will says its no t1 or t2 but way better than 3, avatar will be great, he will cum when he is writing the review, i would have called the same for up, drag me to hell, and star trek, gi joe will be a fun movie, a great summer movie, which i am sorry but you frequently judge others in a negative way about, only for those movies again you go in with a negative attitute, love harry potter, mostly love transformers but not the way you want to, love bruno, love public enemies, and thats all for now.......sorry about going on, this is first time posting, longtime reader, and i think you should try to go into movies as free as you can, at least let the idea that wolverine could be your favorite movie this summer for example, just wanted you to vent that out i guess, don't think im some asshole who only writes this to fuck with you, this is honestly how i feel, is you respond please give me your point of view on it, thanks harry....
April 19, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST
The Incredibles had subtext that flew over most kids heads and Ratotouille was about French cooking for crying out loud. Ya thats really kid friendly. Unless you mean why don't they stop doing animation they have pushed what passes for kids entertainment constantly.
April 19, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST
I love Ratatouille and WALL-E as much as the next guy, but I'm not the least bit interested in this. Strange.
April 19, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST
...are the only Pixar films that blow me away every time. I enjoyed all the Pixar movies but have no real urge to ever see them again...but I could probably watch THE INCREDIBLES once a week. This looks like it could be just as good.
April 19, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST
"Elasta-girl? You married Elasta-girl? ... (sees the two kids) AND GOT BUSY!!"<p>From the Jack-Jack Attack short: "What’s does the 'S' stand for?" "For... sitter. Yeah, sitter. Originally I was gonna have initials for baby sitter, but then I would have been going around with a big BS. And you understand why I couldn’t go with that."
April 19, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST
I really fell for that little piece of shit. He's Pixar's most endearing character. But Harry he's a talking turd. It doesn't matter. It's Pixar. They implanted a chip in me that makes me like every Pixar film.
April 19, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST
They were some of the funnest sequences I've ever seen. If UP has the same level I'm there.
April 19, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST
Nope. Me and the family look forward to it.
April 19, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST
The Incredibles<br> Wall-E<br> Toy Story 2<br> Finding Nemo<br> Toy Story<br> Monsters Inc<br> A Bugs Life<br> Cars<br> Ratatouille<br> <br> Of course, a bad film by pixar standards is better than 99% of the crap out there. Ratatouille is my least favourite, but its still a solid 8 to me. The Incredibles... goes up to 11.
April 19, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST
It's great. This-sounds and looks pretty good too. You gotta like Ed Asner.
April 19, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST
... it had a great story, wonderful characterization and the finest closing scene I've ever seen in a movie.<p> But hey, that's just, like, my opinion, man...<p><p><p><p>
April 19, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST
But I take any review coming from this site with a grain of salt. I actually enjoyed cars and loved Wall E. Monsters Inc was ok, But Toy Story is still the best.
April 19, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST
CARS is great (never got the hate, still dont) - it's FINDING NEMO and MONSTERS, INC that are overrated in my book. They're ALL good and beautifully done, but those two feel too "kiddie"-ish for me to really enjoy. I own everything else by Pixar and I'm sure I will own UP too, if it's as good as Harry says. In any case, however you rank them, Pixar has to be the most amazing creative company of modern times.
April 19, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST
Its incredible, as is The...Incredibles. And drag me to hell looks like one of the best films this year. UP will get me to the cinema, but i dont know what to expect.
April 19, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST
maybe it was the visuals and also it really got to me. I would probably put Wall E, Cars and Bug's Life near the bottom. Everything else was great though. And Ratatouille was fuckin amazing!
April 19, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST
1. Ratatoutille 2. The Incredibles 3. Toy Story 2 4. Finding Nemo 5. Toy Story 6. A Bug's Life 7. Monsters Inc. 8. Cars 9. Wall-E Love the first 30 minutes of WALL-E but the rest is lame and predictable. CARS is just weird...
April 19, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST
are entertaining! Not one dud. If you say otherwise,you are a sad pathetic douche bag.
April 19, 2009, 7:33 p.m. CST
Yeah. I have a thing for Sully.
April 19, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST
Not like Ratatoutille as much as most of the other Pixar movies? I put it on par with Cars, and I put both of them below all of the others. I thought it was a movie without an audience - I didn't much care for it and my kids were bored to death. Maybe it's just me. My top 3 are Monsters, Inc. Wall-E and Toy Story, but they're all good...
April 19, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST
by Frodo T. Baggins
I thought I was going to hear about the movie. Instead I kept reading "The First 45 Mins" over and over and over.
April 19, 2009, 10:50 p.m. CST
Ratatouille always struck a personal chord with me, connected with me on another level, so to speak, so it's my personal, if biased favorite. I enjoyed the fact they played up the desire for artistic purity (or purity in pursuit of whatever vocation one chooses) as a theme for the film. Of course, the Incredibles is my next favorite. Cars is the the weakest entry in my opinion, but still good and above average in the animation field in general, when compared to the average of other studio's outputs.
April 19, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST
April 19, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST
There are moments in Ratatouille which are especially moving, like where Linguini has to come clean knowing how absurd the truth is, and how the truth in the end, sets him free, and how that honesty sets in motion the reaction for Collette to return and believe in that truth. It wasn't a moment born out of a contrivance, but out of genuine character. If we didn't already understand how Collette felt like the perpetual outsider - always having to prove herself, we'd never believe that she would have a change of heart at the end. It's that kind of dedication to character and development that keeps me coming back to Pixar time after time. There are so many live action films that fail to maintain that level of commitment to character.
April 19, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST
I'm looking forward to this! A part of me thinks it's John Pixar's attempt to outdo Ghibli's Old Woman in Howl's Moving Castle... And it's all well and good but when can we expect Pixar's answer Princess Mononoke??? Once ixar does a mroe mature animated film, only then can we truly say Pixar can do it all! C'mon ya pansies!
April 19, 2009, 11:33 p.m. CST
ah I'm too tired to type correctly...
April 20, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST
the only one that bored me was Ratatoullie. maybe i was just having a bad day or something, but it did nothing for me. Probably better than Cars.
April 20, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST
what the hell? why is this the thought that popped into Harry's head for this movie, and why does it matter if the story is good? fucking weird.
April 20, 2009, 1:55 a.m. CST
pisses me of when people say Wall-E or any Pixar movie sucked. Even if you werent a big fan, you have to admit they were great art and lots of people who arent brain dead idiots like them. Pixar has yet to make a bad movie.
April 20, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST
many of you followed for an indeterminate period of time..." Indeterminate period of time? Wow, is this dialogue some sort of homage to AMOS AND ANDY?
April 20, 2009, 2:43 a.m. CST
April 20, 2009, 3:16 a.m. CST
what an annoying little monster!
April 20, 2009, 6:22 a.m. CST
..but i did feel it was teeming with emotional spoilers. damn you harry knowles!
April 20, 2009, 6:32 a.m. CST
that sentence in and of itself fundamentally spoils the fact that there is something to there spoil.. <br> (also, harry, why did you have to tell us that the movie gets dark or takes a dark turn after 'the dinner scene') <br> D'Oh! ..this was the most spoiler-rific review ever! (i'm exaggerating of coarse, but still!)
April 20, 2009, 6:36 a.m. CST
that sentence in and of itself fundamentally spoils the fact that there is something there to spoil.. <br><br> also, Harry, why did you have to tell us that the movie gets dark or takes a dark turn after 'the dinner scene' ?? <br><br> d'oh! ..this was the most spoiler-rific review ever! (i'm exaggerating of coarse, but still!)
and i wouldn't have even thought about the possibility of anyone dying until you mentioned it at all. <br><br> ugh. Thanks, Harry!
April 20, 2009, 6:47 a.m. CST
I'm sure I'll love it
April 20, 2009, 8:36 a.m. CST
<p>"With STAR TREK, UP and DRAG ME TO HELL – this May we have 3 completely different types of perfect BIG films. And I’ll be damned if I can figure out from a single viewing which I love most! And that is something I find incredibly fortunate to be afflicted with." </p> NO WOLVERINE? HAHHAAHA
April 20, 2009, 9:14 a.m. CST
i thought Star Trek would far and away have been your easiest choice above all else as the superior film of this upcoming summer. <br><br> which of these 3 you've mentioned will truly stand in your heart for the years to come? <br><br> my guess would have been Trek, based on your review. <br> you made it sound like one of the greatest experiences in your lifetime.
April 20, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST
pixel has gone downhill since nemo and monsters inc....theyve become derivative of themselves...cars was sub-pixar on every level except visual...rat-a-too-ee was so contrived (the hair pulling puppet thing...really dumb)...and am i the only one who watched wall-e with high hopes only to be underwhelmed? WHY WOULD EVE HAVE A GUN AND FIRE AT EVERYTHING THAT MOVES IF SHES SUPPOSED TO BE SEARCHING FOR LIFE?????? and yeah the last act was not good. UP? yeah, we'll we'll see.
April 20, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST
I hated the robot voices. I was on pins and needles the whole time. I keep meaning to watch it like a silent film, volume off, and see if I like it more. I thought Cars was boring. It put me right to sleep. Otherwise, I love the Incredibles and Monsters INC the most. I never did see Ratatouille, but I need to.
April 20, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST
the whole cars concept was inherently misguided....sure kids love it but so what...kids are stupid and wil eat anything they are fed....pixal film used to work on an adult level (as ALL film should..the idea of 'kids' movies is a dumb and relatively new concept). i love all the pixar film (even bugs) except CARS, RAT and WALLE..they all felt way to FORCED, they didnt have that organic je nes ces qoi that the ealier films had. no magic. felt like a disney product.
April 20, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST
...is their only film that could be considered "not good".
April 20, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST
The only Pixar film to fall back on celebrity voices and puns on real names. May be why its not given the love of other Pixar. Me, I can't stand anything, I mean anything, that gives work and wages to Larry The Cable Guy, no matter how typecast the character was.
April 20, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST
April 20, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST
Pixar shot it's load with Toy Story and Monsters Inc. TS2 was pure shit slapped together to make a dollar. The Incredibles was nothing more than a thinly veiled rip off of the Fantastic Four. Cars was some Acid Trip thrown up on film. Don't even get me started on Wall-E. No thanks Pixar I'm keeping my money.
April 20, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST
Ed Asner was dead. He's old.
April 20, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST
If your still around. I think the first head to head was actually A Bugs Life and Antz. Or even through in Any Bully in there.
April 20, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST
was shit, Crow, what kind of movies pass your quality test? I mean, damn, I cried with just about everyone else at Jessie's song, and was moved time after time in many other Pixar films. What films qualify as genuinely moving in your critic's handbook?<br></br><br></br>Incredibles a rip off? It has influences, but rip off implies you can't easily distinguish between the object of criticism and the point of comparison. I'm sick of people crying "rip off" whenever there's a passing resemblance to another work. I'm surprised you didn't say it was a Watchmen rip off as well, as that was the popular meme attack when it was released.
April 20, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST
Thanks, Harry! I can't wait to see this movie with my six and seven year old nephews.
April 21, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST
check out this australian website where you can see all about the ORIGINAL flying house story, complete with eccentric old man and lovable children. http://www.createchart.com.au/kookcreek.htm Pixar have never had an original idea in their lives.
April 21, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST
from Lawnchair Larry! <br></br><br></br> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Walters <br></br><br></br> It's a conspiracy!
April 21, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST
by my liege
I hope when Mum's go to ask to Up at their local DVD store for their kid, they get given the Russ Meyer film.
April 21, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST
by Joe Arrow
Cars rules! KA CHOW!
April 22, 2009, 5:28 a.m. CST
by Motoko Kusanagi
you heard it here first
April 22, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST
April 22, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST
I Love NASCAR and CARS was FUKIN AWESOME!! Doc Hollywood PIXAR style. GREAT STUFF. - IDIOTS!!
April 22, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST
I Love NASCAR and CARS was FUKIN AWESOME!! Doc Hollywood PIXAR style. GREAT STUFF. - IDIOTS!!
April 22, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
April 22, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST
Go back and watch that movie and count the number of times someone yells. <BR> It's a weird thing I noticed about the movie. It is almost constant yelling. Very weird.<BR><BR> I did enjoy it, and the sequel, but I have to say my personal favorite is Finding Nemo.
April 23, 2009, 2:31 a.m. CST
April 23, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST
I'm hoping this movie is as surprisingly funny as Finding Nemo my favorite of pixar. I like to laugh a lot and if a movie is funny, not just the cheap laughs but down to the bones funny which i think this will be then i hoping to like it. then again if you anticipate to much you do get disappointed much to quickly damn i guess i'm going to hate this movie
April 23, 2009, 10:41 p.m. CST
Motoko and Crooooooow....methinks you post for the sake of posting. Your comments, even if you truly believe them (which I sincerely doubt) are bullshit.
April 24, 2009, 11:54 a.m. CST
can be misinterpreted very badly. When I saw this I thought "Up made Harry horny?"
April 24, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST
It's like a Scorcesse movie, no one wants to say a negative thing about it. Personally, I like most of Pixar's movies, but they aren't all the masterpieces critics claim. Wall-E had an amazing first 40 minutes and went terribly downhill after that.
April 24, 2009, 8:09 p.m. CST
it's still better than most other GI releases (like, uh, Madagascar 2,Into the Wild, Barnyard and all that).
April 24, 2009, 8:12 p.m. CST
you're a moron. No children and still live in mom and dad's basement, huh? Anyone with kids knows even a 'B' animation movie is okay. Did I type GI up above....meant CGI
April 26, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST
the shareholders are using to describe this movie.
April 26, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST
even cars had some of the most jaw droppingly beautifully back drops in a computer animated film. the opening to wall-e was dazzling. but i hated the movie by the time it ended. for reasons I have spoken of before. I remember loving Nemo when I saw it in the cinema in Dun laoghaire. I saw it again on tv recently. it really is the vibrant pixar film ever. Their films six films are the biggest computer animated films of all time. There are concerns, that the pixar people have become arrogant and complacent. they are not just geniuses. but they are super geniuses! go to irish times.com/the ticket and to read an article called hands off pixar.
April 26, 2009, 12:34 p.m. CST
its very funny. http://www.irishtimes.com/theticket/articles/2009/0424/1224245276988.html
April 28, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST
by ol' painless
. . . .that my young girls ALWAYS look excited when I put a Pixar DVD on. No movies produced by other companies seems to hit the same note with them. I've seen Toy Story 2 about 27 times (no joke), and it's still fun to watch. I think Wall-E gets a bad rap - its final act is excellent, and the whole movie holds together very well. John Lasseters wife said to him once that he shouldn't just make a movie for kids to enjoy once: he needs to make it for the adult who will be watching it for the 100th time. Amen to that.
June 5, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST
I loved Wall-E but the humans in the movie are rendered like giant ballon animals. I have used 3d programs before and I know how difficult people are to model and render. But there is capture technology with realtime voice and face, ect muscle reactions that look increadibly realistic. I rather have real actors and this new technology used to save hundreds of days of work that turns out silly looking "balloon people".
June 7, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST
<p>The 3D element was fantastic. Like all Pixar movies, the human element of the story is truly engaging. I enjoyed the story of this movie from beginning to end. I laughed a lot. I felt sad at some parts, the way Pixar knows how to tug at those emotions like no other production company.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the poor physics qualities of the floating house throughout the second half of the movie kept taking me out of what I was watching. It felt too impossible to be plausible. Normally, I have no problem with bending reality a little, my imagination can usually handle it. Ths time, however, it just hindered the story more than aided it, so I didn't appreciate it so much for this film. </p>
June 8, 2009, 8:31 a.m. CST
If you didn't get teary eyed at least a few times then you have no soul
June 8, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST
and most moving meditation on marriage, life, all the little and big disappointments, speed-bumps, loves found and lost, and just about every other layer in a life lived that one can imagine... that I've ever seen in ANY movie, let alone an animated one. It reminded me of my grandparents. That just blew me the fuck away as no other film this year has. Brilliant and achingly human... I'd go so far as to say that montage said more about REAL life in an honest and non-ironic way than some cloying wannabe indie bullshit like Away We Go.
June 13, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST
Harry, I trust you didn't intend to turn Kirk into a Kurt, or that you'd also call a certain Escape from NY actor Kirk Russell (but what a great new name that'd be). Just giving you a hard time. Also, this movie, while wonderful, is really not for little kids, but I don't think that's clear to people. My theater was full of kids, and they were crying in that last act. It needs to be said that all Pixar movies aren't all alike, in fact a lot of them are down right adult in their seriousness for longer and longer stretches, and some, like this, are damned intense for kids under 10. The bad guy for example with his snarling monster dogs and homicidal tendencies was a lot to take. He clearly scared kids in the audience when he sets a certain fire, one had to be taken out as she bawled loudly. I don't think it's wrong to say that Disney has failed to make it clear this is not the movie to which parents can take the little kids who loved the villain and peril-free CARS. The danger and scares are simply not in the ads even if they are in the oh-so-ignored-MPAA's PG rating. There's so much to recommend about this movie, I loved it, and I loath that CARS is getting a sequel before the Incredibles, but I have to admit that Up does not fill the void of movies that are safe for little kids and watchable to adults. I doubt I'd care about that if it weren't being advertised as such though.
June 24, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST
To me it feels like every project since then has been back on track, and not the over-enthusiasm of one guy and a very bad idea... talking Cars are fine in 'Toy Story', but as a complete concept it was plain cruuud.
July 27, 2009, 6:14 a.m. CST
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