It’s certainly nothing new or insightful, but after seeing the winsome and utterly charming Up, it really does bear repeating: Pixar can do no wrong. The beginning of the film, where it traces the decades-long romance between Carl and Ellie, is disarmingly sweet and more than a little devastating. The fact that Up begins on that decidedly adult note elevates (no pun intended!) the film to one of Pixar’s very best, in my estimation. It will take at least another viewing to decide where Up ranks on my all-time favorite Pixar list, but I would say it definitely warrants consideration.
That got me thinking: What is my favorite Pixar feature? Picking just one is totally a Sophie’s Choice, only this time you have 10 children instead of two. They are all good! (Cars is easily my least favorite, though. It’s not bad per se, just bland.) While I would tend to think Toy Story 2, Ratatouille, and Wall-E are the company’s flat-out best – artistically and story-wise – the one I have watched the most is Monsters, Inc. That movie is totally comfort food, the cinematic equivalent of baked macaroni and cheese. It captures the spirit of being a child perfectly, and it’s just so darn warm, fuzzy, and cute. And I think the door sequence – where Mike and Sully chase after Boo and travel through locales like a backwoods trailer park and an apartment in old Paris – is one of the most inventive/ingenious scenes in a Pixar film, ever.
Your turn, PopWatchers: Monsters, Inc. is my favorite, what’s yours? Have you seen Up yet? How does it stack up in your mind? And who else can’t wait for Toy Story 3?
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