Pass the Popcorn: Take Her to the Moon
(Guest post by Greg Forster)
Joy is Life.
Sadness is Wisdom.
Go see this movie while it’s still in theaters or we’re not friends any more.
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A beautiful movie.
Saw it. Loved it.
I’m not sure it isn’t Pixar’s best ever. Have seen it twice now and will be back (when a relative visits in a week). So much of this movie is below the surface. Joy faces danger with valor, keeps trying against impossible odds and has innovative ideas. Sadness absorbs enormous amounts of information and can make sense of complex systems. Disgust is the only one in the group who understands social dynamics. This is all thought out carefully and can’t even be verbalized.
GF: as I’ve been thinking about it, the fact that so little is explicit and so much is under the surface is one of the beauties of the movie. It’s very subtle about its themes. Some movies grow more important as time goes by, as more people see it, absorb it, and understand it (Shawshank being one). Others fade away as people realize on repeated viewing that they aren’t as good as they first thought. (Has the academy award winner “Out of Africa” ever aired on TV?)
I think Inside Out will grow into a more important film as the years go by.
An interesting statistic: Inside Out had the highest-grossing opening weekend of any non-franchise movie, but still only came in as the 42nd highest grosser.
It won’t be “non-franchise” for long.
I don’t know. The Incredibles was much better sequel material, and that is still in the works. No one’s talking about a sequel to Up–which this movie is similar to in some respects. The Pixar movies that get sequels tend to be ones that have good merchandising tie-ins: Cars, Toy Story, etc.
That was before Pixar was owned by Disney. Movies made after the change of ownership are going to be much more likely to become franchises. Whether that’s good or bad remains to be seen.
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