In honor of the release of Monsters University, Spencer and Greg discuss Pixar’s movies.
It would be fair to say that my feelings were tepid upon hearing the news that Pixar wanted to do a sequel to Monsters, Inc. After all, alongside A Bug’s Life and Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc is one of the most overlooked films in Pixar’s long and illustrious history, but certainly not because of quality. Ignoring the massive demand for a sequel to films such as Finding Nemo or The Incredibles, Pixar made the bold decision to first revisit the monster team of Mike (Billy Crystal) & Sully (John Goodman) that scored them their first nomination for Best Animated Feature. Much has been made in recent years about Pixar’s decision to start making sequels (in which I’ve certainly played my part), but with Monsters University they went in a whole new direction—into the past—by making a prequel for the first time.
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…
Pixar’s fourth feature length film was also one of its biggest successes. Finding Nemo (2003) dominated the public eye, earning both critical praise and huge monetary returns. It set the bar in terms of quality storytelling, a standard that would become commonplace from the studio. The appeal to both children and parents was key, and would result in an Academy Award for Best Animated Film. As of today, the film ranks with Toy Story 3 (2010) as Pixar’s highest grossing movie. With Disney/Pixar’s latest trend of 3D conversions of their past work, it would only make logical sense (business-wise) that Nemo should get the latest treatment. But does creating a third dimension add anything new to this wonderful story? Is the already-beautiful animation helped or hindered by this new element? Let’s find out.
In honor of the release of That’s My Boy, Spencer and Greg discuss fathers & sons in film.
Another Top 5 segment from The MacGuffin. This time Allen and Brandi share their top 5 sidekicks.
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In honor of Chronicle, Spencer and Greg discuss cinematic power trips. Then they look at films with animals as characters, before giving DVD picks of the week.