Lovely animation and gentle, kid-pitched life lessons can’t quite overcome the familiar feel of this E.T. retread, nor the forced sense of wonder that is more convenient crutch than anything organic.
Monsters, Inc. was in no way calling for a sequel, and here it is. (new DVD/VOD US/Can)
Is Pixar working too fast? Is its talent stretched too thin? Or is Pixar doing just fine?
This sort of thing is bound to happen when you play with transdimensional physics…
Are we going to see a mad rush by all the studios to convert old — and not so old — movies to 3D and get them back out in multiplexes? Would that be an entirely bad thing? Would it be better if we just got unconverted classics back on a big screen?
We know how it is: You’d like to go to the movies this weekend, but there’s all this vengeance to be doled out and all those injustices to be put right. But you can have a multiplex-like experience at home with a collection of the right DVDs. And when someone asks you on Monday, “Hey, … more…
*Finding Nemo* is stunningly exquisite, an extraordinary leap forward in artistry for Pixar, and for computer animation in general, bringing a strange and alien world to life, so real you could almost reach out and touch it, knowing that it would be wet if you did. Truly, *Nemo* is an immersive experience. But only visually. Because the moment all the gorgeously rendered inhabitants of this beautiful undersea realm open their mouths, they sound surprisingly, and rather depressingly, human.
Though this comes from the Toy Story folks, Monsters, Inc. is aimed more at the kiddies: it’s simpler, sweeter, less deeply affecting.