As you probably are aware of, Steve Jobs passed away a couple days ago and I thought it would be fitting to do this weeks article as a tribute to him. However, I’m not a Mac user, and while I do have an iPod I wasn’t sure that was an appropriate subject either. Then I figured out what to write about, something I honestly do geek out about, Pixar!
While the Pixar films aren’t the only computer generated shows I’ve seen, nor were they the first, they still rank up there as some of my favorites. For that matter they are some of my favorite films period. While the visuals of their films are stunning they don’t rely on that to just be able to get by, the stories are also well written and have lots of heart. And even though they are animated, so some people might think they were for kids, they’re more of an all ages type thing with something for pretty much everybody. I’m not usually a fan of 3D movies, but the one exception to that is Pixar films. Most of the time I prefer to see a film in 2D, mainly due to the fact that I don’t care to wear the 3D glasses over my regular ones, but with a Pixar film I’m more likely to put up with that annoyance.
They are also great at getting an emotional response from people in ways you wouldn’t expect. Who would have thought when they saw Toy Story in 1995 that 15 years later they’d be so attached to CGI toys that their eyes would be welling up at points of Toy Story 3? Or that a movie could basically start out as a silent film, with their main character never speaking much at all period, and have the audience care about him? But their films aren’t all sadness, they are also full of humor, adventure and as I mentioned earlier, heart.
Anyone who says they don’t enjoy at least one of their films either has never seen them, is lying, or is a sad strange little person, and I pity them.