Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dinner Is Served

directed by Brad Bird & Jan Pinkava

"In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau's famous motto: Anyone can cook. But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere."-Anton Ego Put a smile on my face, and I'm not the biggest Pixar fan, mostly because I think they've set a bad trend in animation. Making everything completely CGI does not always make it better...but this film found a nice between the old and "the new" .Also it's alot more clever, scincere, and relevant than many of the "great serious films", in recent memory.
If your not sold on Pixar Domination, this might help make the transition a bit easier. I still miss 2d though, things drawn by hand... Unlike "Monsters Inc." and "Finding Nemo", I didn't feel like the "cute" was being piped in from every frame.
This one is more like "Toy Story" and "The Incredibles", though it does step forward signifigantly into its own too, in design and concept.
A rat with a nose for fine dining and a talent for cooking, goes up against an emaciated food critic, who loves food so much, "if I don't love it, I don't swallow". Anyway, it's a good movie; it did more than make me smile and feel nostalgic, which is really all I require of a children's animated film. This gave a little extra.
It's the ars poetica of the Pixar series; "good art can come from anywhere, even garbage"....which is kinda what a good Dinsey Film feels like today, a pearl necklace made by swine. So yeah, I'm grading on a curve for 3d animated children's films, but it's still good. Watchable

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