July 14, 2007


Beneath Pixar's digital dazzle lies reverence for the past (Jake Coyle, 7/14/07, The Associated Press)

he visual splendor of Pixar (owned by the Walt Disney Co.) again has obscured its most essential characteristic: old-fashionedness.

Beneath the eye-catching CGI sheen of Pixar's dazzle lies a nostalgia and style indebted to classic filmmaking.

"People in Hollywood, the press always fixates on technology because it's easier to quantify," Brad Bird, director of "Ratatouille" and 2004's "The Incredibles," recently told The Associated Press. "The truth of the matter is the technology has never been the answer. The same answers to making a good movie are the answers that were around 80 years ago."

As Michael Medved so often points out, it's true year after year that Hollywood's most successful films are predominantly and unsurprisingly those with conservative values and family orientation.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 14, 2007 7:11 AM

Uh, oj, I don't think they a making a judgment about either political or cultural ideology. They're talking about filmmaking for heaven's sake.

What makes "Battleship Potemkin" and "Birth of a Nation" great is the way they tell their stories.
Pixar's just following their lead.

Please do try a little harder to analyze the topic under discussion.

Posted by: Ed Bush at July 14, 2007 1:24 PM

Both films have timeless conservative (aka classical liberal) themes: They are about a popular uprising and battle against tyranny and injustice by an oppressive government. So is Star Wars. That makes them conservative films. (That the 'good guys' in these specific cases are racists/communists is incidental.)

The themes of the modern Hollywood left are usually little more than nihilism or knee-jerk anti-Westernism (Grindhouse, Syriana, etc).

Posted by: Gideon at July 14, 2007 9:02 PM

I thought "reverence for the past" is the very definition of conservatism.

I love how Pixar films print the names of all the babies born during the making of the movies in the credits.

Posted by: Randall Voth at July 14, 2007 9:26 PM

What was it that Bill the Lizard was told?

Begin at the beginning, go through the middle, and when you get to the end, stop?

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 16, 2007 3:37 PM