Simplicity Personified: Pixar, A Tribute   2 comments

Pixles and art = Pixar = one of the finest Animation Studios in the world bringing us the best possible animated movies ever. I grew up with Cartoons, comics and have watched tons of animated movies/manga. What makes Pixar or even Studio Ghibli special is the way that they tell a story which translates into the medium of film with amazing simplicity and ease. Every frame is meticulously prepared so that nothing is wasted in telling us so much in so little time. Now, I unreservedly believe in anything that Pixar does. Everything they touch turns to gold, every movie a masterpiece. Combined with awesome animation, larger than life characters, stimulating plots and with outstanding storytelling, every movie artistically expresses hope and respect for the positive values of life.

Pixar was founded in 1979, it was part of Lucas Films and in 1986 it was acquired by Steve Jobs, now Pixar animation studios is subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. With self developed software technologies like Marionette, Ringmaster, Renderman, Pixar has produced eleven gorgeous feature films which are massively successful, both critically and commercially. Ed Catmull, one of the founders of Pixar wrote an article on “how Pixar fosters collective creativity”. I am so much impressed by Pixar’s operating principles and work ethics. Every single employee’s feedback/idea is taken into account, Regardless of what the idea or feedback is or from where they originate, every single thing is examined thoroughly before it is used/implemented. No Egos, no accusations and no complaints. Pixar is a place where working together works. This is their magic formula in delivering box office hits one after another.

If the movies are examined for their originality, Pixar has never bought scripts or movie ideas from the outside. 6 out of 10 movies have been nominated for best original screenplay (Oscars). Also, Pixar avoids pop culture references. “Pop culture references are easy, but they don’t last.” says Brad Bird. For Eg: The screenplay for Toy Story 3 took 2 1/2 years to write and storyboard. Even the Credits that roll out at the end of the movie are neat and authentic.

·         Toy Story (1995) of John Lasseter
·         A Bug’s Life (1998) of John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton
·         Toy Story 2 (1999) of John Lasseter, Ash Brannon and Lee Unkrich
·         Monsters, Inc. (2001) of Pete Docter, David Silverman and Lee Unkrich
·         Finding Nemo (2003) of Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
·         The Incredibles (2004) of Brad Bird
·         Cars (2006) of John Lasseter and Joe Ranft
·         Ratatouille (2007) of Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava
·         WALL·E (2008) of Andrew Stanton
·         Up (2009) of Pete Docter and Bob Peterson
·         Toy Story 3 (2010) of Lee Unkrich

From Toy’s to Ants to Monsters to Sea Creatures to Superheros to Cars to Rodents to Robots , Pixar has created characters that have the capacity to love endlessly. Some of the sequences are so heartwarming that they leave eternal impact on you. Say: Woody’s fierce loyalty or Buzz’s ‘To Infinity and beyond!’ or Mike Wazowski’s & Sulley’s friendship or Jessie’s Song or Anton Ego’s Monologue on criticism or Dory’s Advice or WallE/Eve’s Dance in outerspace or Carl/ Elle’s Married life (montage). Thank you very much Pixar! Thanks a ton!

Pixar, now very much deserves the best picture oscar for Toy Story 3 for 2010-11. It is one of the rare gems and THE most creative animated movie ever made in history. I sincerely hope so…

For further reading:

http://www.pixar.com/companyinfo/history/84.html
http://hbr.org/2008/09/how-pixar-fosters-collective-creativity/ar/1
http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2010/06/25_best_pixar_movie_quotes.php

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Posted 07/01/2011 by 6thstation in Animation, Backseat Conceptions

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  1. Nice post dude! Welcome to the blogosphere! :)

  2. welcome to blogosphere!
    writing about movies n sports, so much suits you!
    would love to read,, bring in more!!

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