Monday, June 30, 2008
Pixar: Where All The Best Kid's Flix-are.
Saw Wall-E with my family the other day and was it ever good. It is the 2001 of kids movies actually. In fact it has 2001: A Space Odyssey all over it, which I might call a cheap rip off except that it was so well done. One of the amazing things about this children's movie is that for the first 20 minutes or so there is absolutely no dialogue, yet it maintains even the children's fascination. This is impressive for any genre.
I just thought this was a clever and captivating film and highly recommend it, even if you don't have kids. Even the short film at the beginning was fantastic. And all this leads me to wonder:
Is Wall-E possibly the best Pixar film yet? Actually, when you think about it, there are some tough ones to beat [and this is coming from a guy who can't stand Disney movies (i.e Lion King & Little Mermaid), so hats off to Pixar!]. Here, then, is my attempt to rank the Pixar "kids movies":
1. Toy Story 2
3. Toy Story
5. Finding Nemo
6. Monsters Inc.
I'm not exactly sure whether I am missing any or not.
The only non-Pixar children's movies I can think of that would come close to getting on this list would be Babe and Babe: Pig in the City (what a gem!), or maybe Tarzan or Fox & the Hound. I admit I haven't a lot of the Disney ones, but aren't they all basically the same?
Care to weigh in with your Pixar rankings or your other favourite children's movies? (Bear in mind that you may be mocked for anything you say. Feel free to mock me as well, and then to see me defend my choices resiliently).