Wednesday, January 17, 2007

PIXAR Rumor Mill: W.A.L-E to be directed by...

Heard through the grapevine that it's Andrew Stanton, writer/director of Nemo. I was thrilled to bits when I heard this, as I regard Nemo as Pixar's only flawlessly written and directed film (with the possible inclusion of Toy Story) as well as their most beautiful and atmospheric.

Been hearing awesome stuff about this. Early word is that it's an ultra-widescreen, unusually dialogue-free, very visually-driven love story. The buzz is that Pixar is essentially pushing art-film territory. For someone who can't wait to see animation tackling some more challenging subject matter than teaching small animals the value of family, this is exciting stuff indeed. Risky? Maybe. But if any studio was ever in a position to take such a risk, economically and with the customer goodwill their name carries, it's Pixar and the timing is perfect. Enough with Disney's decade of animated trainwrecks and mediocrities, time to move forward. For all the talk of the abundance of CG films stagnating the animation industry, quite the opposite is occurring. The animation market is now evolving at a faster clip than it ever has, perhaps even more than in Walt's heyday. We're becoming more quickly burned out on the same old stories. And this can only bode well for the future.

We've gone from maybe seeing one animated film per year, to nearly 20 in the space of less than a decade. How much farther can this go?

Cannot wait to see some stills. Perhaps a teaser with Ratatouille?


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Anonymous Barker Bird said...

Unfortunately the movie is pro-abortion and pro gay, so I doubt you'll actually like it.

12:21 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

I know as well as anyone that anything featuring robots is inherently rife with homoerotic subtext, (forbidden planet anyone? how about star wars?) but I'll be willing to give it a chance anyway.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got your stills right here:

7:30 PM  

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