Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Yes, he looks like Johnny Five

Given their stellar record - especially Brad Bird's Ratatouille and The Incredibles - Pixar has long held the mantle once solely possessed by Disney: huge anticipation and guaranteed success for each opening of their animated films.

The movies are (increasingly) amazing to look at, sure, but what's set the studio apart from cheap CG imitators and dwindling 2D endeavors is a commitment to storytelling; emotional connection, lack of audience pandering, and willingness to push boundaries toward the experimental.

Case in point: this summer's Wall-E
, which, among other things, features no spoken dialogue in its first act. Rotten Tomatoes got a look at the first 30 minutes, and conducted a great interview with writer/director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo). So far, sure seems like another winner...

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