Today's Screenshots - Pixar's Ratatouille

Some official screenshots from the excellent new Pixar movie Ratatouille. I've been meaning to sit down and write a lengthy review, but there just hasn't been time enough this week. On the upside, I did finally manage to change by flat bicycle tire. Oh, and I made headway on getting caught up at my other blog, Videogames of the Damned. These 6:45 am commutes to work are terrible! Ugh!

Anyway, enjoy the screenshots, especially if you haven't seen the movie yet. You really should. I think I'll go back for an encore this weekend.


Chris Sobieniak said...

I feel like a loser, having paid to see it first than having to resort to watching a pirated copy I downloaded off the net with the usual crowd noises for the meantime, still, that extra $15 on food was worth it when I went, and I was afraid to do it again as National Amusements doesn't need anymore of my dough.

But yes, people need to see this one to appreciate how far we've cone in seeing dynamic characterizations done right in CGI.

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Yes, agreed. Everyone should see this movie. The question is, then: why are people staying away? Why aren't they going?

Chris Sobieniak said...

Yes, agreed. Everyone should see this movie. The question is, then: why are people staying away? Why aren't they going?

It's like, with each step forward, we take two steps back on these things. I wish I knew what is happening. Do people really have a lot to do this summer than go to the movies? Is it the marketing that conflicting with the appropriate audience? Are people taking animation as a serious art form or not? I often try to see some of my guys to go see this too, but often wonder if they would even bother to see an 'animated' film based on the pre-conceived notions of what animated films are about. I'm not sure if we had gone passed that stage yet at all, but everything about this film doesn't feel like anything I've seen before, the music isn't wall-to-wall, the dialog isn't silly and gag-laden, there's real drama and complexities in the characters I can feel, there are times when I want to be in that world this movie establishes (you can close your eyes and your there)! This is the kind of movie making I don't see anymore and know one hasn't really stepped up to the plate like Bird did.

But I guess most of the generation around my age or lower still haven't matured or warmed up to this yet, and why I often still feel embarrassed to admit I enjoy watching 'cartoons' to those who aren't really into it (Brad Bird felt the same way when he was in his teenage years as he put animation aside for other things). It's a case of growing up perhaps or living to accept what we have perhaps than to shove it aside like it was nothing.