Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Animator and Animation Reviews... Pixar...

Pixar is an American CGI animation production company based in California and founded in 1986. To date, the studio has earned twenty-four Academy Awards, six Golden Globes, and three Grammys, among many other awards, acknowledgments and achievements. It is best known for its CGI-animated feature films, becoming one of the most critically acclaimed film studios of all time. Pixar started in 1979 as the Graphics Group, a part of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm before it was bought by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1986. The Walt Disney Company bought Pixar in 2006. The company has made 10 features films since its formation, including Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and more recently Up, among many others. Executives John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich have all gained recognition for their achievements, receiving a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

Up is a 2009 computer-animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Pete Docter. The film follows an elderly widower and an earnest young Wilderness Explorer who fly to South America in a house suspended by helium balloons. The film has received positive reviews and reception, with a rating of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, and winning two Golden Globes for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Score, as well as receiving five Academy Award nominations.

I had seen Up recently before we had watched it in class and i had really enjoyed watching it with my younger sister. Despite the saddening morals behind the story, the characters keep the fun element to the film that Pixar have become so famous for. Up has everything you'd expect from a Pixar film and as usual the storyline is strong throughout. The continuity works well in the film, particularly objects like the leaf blower which doesn't just magically appear half way through, but was introduced to us to start off with. The story and mood behind the film is aimed more at adults with the idea of the elderly widower who can't let go of the fact his wife has died. This is a pretty deep and meaningful story for a Pixar and children's film, but i think it works well in contrast with the fun adventures and characters, giving the film an all-round strong storyline. The idea of a talking dog was pretty cool, and Kevin the bird was another masterclass example of how Pixar always create an appeal in their characters.


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