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14. Cars: This is one boring movie. You know how the film is going to end about 20 minutes in, but for some reason the movie is like over two hours. The races get less exciting as they go on, and it was hard to really care about the car-on-car romance despite Bonnie Hunt giving a good performance. George Carlin's hippie VW bug was the highlight. This is Pixar's only film that felt like a straight-up toy commercial with a story thrown in there.
13. Cars 2: Surprise! Cars 2 is better than Cars 1. Way better. It built on the only thing that Cars had going for it, which was it characters and world. In this one we got a better sense of how this strange human-less society operates, and even more silly characters. We got races as well as some action scenes, and it all looked cool and moved at a nice pace. What was it about? Couldn't tell you. But at least I was only marginally bored at times. This one understood it was a toy commercial and tried to be the best damn toy commercial in the world. I'll take it over a Transformers movie any day. Still not a good movie, though, which is why it's at 13.
12. A Bug's Life: I remember being pretty bummed seeing this after Toy Story. How could anything match perfection? Well this one sure didn't. It has a lot of charm and great voice acting, particularly Dave Foley and Kevin Spacey and the villains. And it did start the silly trend of blooper reels at the end of an animated movie. But the movie kind of comes and goes, with the only truly interesting idea being the insect circus. Of all of their films, the graphics here have aged the worst. Merely a pretty good movie.
11. Brave: I was pretty disappointed with this one. Of course it is stunningly gorgeous, but it the story ended up being a little too slapsticky for how they had promoted it. Honestly it's hard for me to write about it because the story kind of evaporates immediately onscreen once the whole bear thing happens (then again it's the only film on here I've seen only once aside from Cars 1 and 2). I dunno, I definitely have to see it again. All I remember is that it made a lot of promises and didn't fully deliver on any of them. Also, the way Disney corporate sexed up Merida's princess persona for marketing purposes after the film was released was downright disgusting.
10. Finding Nemo: I couldn't quite understand why this was so beloved when it came out. Sure it's one of Pixar's most visually arresting features, with plenty of fun characters (I'm actually quite enthused for Finding Dory, because Ellen DeGeneres was the best part of the first one), but the story is ultimately very predictable. It's probably the most predictable story aside from Cars.
9. Monsters University: I was amazed by how much I enjoyed this flick! They managed to use the same characters and world to tell a completely different story in tone and theme. Whereas Sully was the main character in Inc, here Mike takes center stage and shows how it's tough becoming the sidekick. And if you're down on this movie because it's not as good as the original, lemme say this: when have you EVER seen a good prequel? Never. Except here. Despite knowing where the characters are going to end up, the film is still full of surprises. Best Prequel of All-Time: Monsters University. I defy anyone to prove me wrong.
8. Up: A beautiful, whimsical film with fantastic performances and visuals, this films suffers from a ridiculously good opening and a somewhat predictable final act. But having the theme of death and loss at the forefront of a kid's movie is a masterstroke and makes this film unique and irreplaceable. A fantastic movie about childlike wonder and adult regret.
7. Ratatouille: Once again, Brad Bird shows he knows how to write a damn script. One of the few Pixar movies not to have child character, it's about adults dealing with difficult problems, like finding your passion in life and making a name for yourself in a world where everyone wants to tear you down. Peter O'Toole's food critic is easily the best villain in all of Pixar's canon. And that food looked soooo delicious!
6. Monsters, Inc.: Here Pixar took concept we're all familiar with (monsters in the closet) and created a hilarious world in doing so. John Goodman and Billy Crystal deliver some of the best voice acting in all of Pixar, and the character of Boo is too adorable for words. A simple, silly movie you can never outsmart, and the tearful ending always sneaks up on you.
5. Toy Story 2: WAYNE KNIGHT...and Jessie's Song is one Randy Newman's best.
4. Toy Story 3: So much better than it had any right to be. Intense ending, good villain, wonderful new toys. Just when they started off the movie with,"Sorry, Woody, your main squeeze Bo Peep got given away like 5 years ago," I knew the people at Pixar weren't dicking around. And Mr. Tortilla Head...nuff' said.
3. The Incredibles: Like Toy Story, this a perfect movie, and it pains me to put it at number. I can't think of a movie that combines believable characters, brilliant and snappy dialogue, and whiz-bang action set pieces with more aplomb and mastery. Not to mention the jazzy big band score by Michael Giacchino which always delights. Brad Bird's skills and talent as a writer/director are on full display here. Not only has he made the best superhero movie of all time (yes, I said it, and I will argue this to the death), he made a movie about a family, rather than a family movie. Why should I care at all about Mary Jane or Batman's dead girlfriend when Mr. Incredible has a wife and three kids to protect?! When I saw the Avengers, I liked it because of how much it reminded me of the Incredibles (the story beats are almost exactly the same). The sequel can't come soon enough.
2. Wall-E: This movie has it's flaws, namely that the first third of the movie is the best part. But it is easily the most visually gobsmacking movie of the bunch. And not only does it manage to tell a straightforward yet thoughtful sci-fi story without the usual bombast of aliens and laser guns, the love story also gets me every time. Around every corner is a surprise, to the subversive anti-corporation mindset, to Hello Dolly musical numbers, to Fred Willard's non-CGI face. And you really do form an intense emotional connection to this damn cartoon robot, and that shows their mastery of animation. It's our generation's 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Lady and the Tramp all rolled up into one. For all these reasons and more, Wall-E is my number 2.
1. Toy Story: Impossible not to put at the top of the list. It had such a profound impact on me as a kid. And watching it today, the design and animation are still brilliant, if a little dated. The writing and acting set the bar and made the blueprint for every Pixar film to come. You can argue 2 or 3 is better than the original for this or that reason, but they're all so close in quality, you've got to give it to the originator.
According to /Film, Ken Levine has been tapped to write the screenplay for the long-in-gestation Logan's Run remake. I haven't seen the original since I was a little kid, but it makes sense that they would want someone who excels at creating complete worlds with sci-fi underpinnings. However, this is still an unexpected choice for Hollywood, even if Levine started out as a screenwriter. It does bring up a few questions though.
1. What does this mean for the future of video game movies? Will we ever see Bioshock the Motion Picture? Personally, I have always been less interested in adapting games to film and vice versa, but very excited to see the pioneers of each medium to branch out and bring their unique perspectives into a different art form. Spielberg got his toes wet with Bloom Blox, but not enough for my taste.
2. Was Ken Levine approached by Warner Bros. or was it the other way around? How do you think this came to be? (Speculation and facts welcome)
2. What does this mean for the future of Irrational? Ken says he will remain as Creative Director, but maybe someone else will have to pick up the slack? Could this delay whatever their next project it is?
Is it just me or does the feel of this game feel very reminiscent of FFVIII? The characters, environments, everything feels like that world, which is great cause that's easily my favorite in the series.