Saturday, June 14, 2008

A WALL-E Article

There is a lot of anticipation for the new Pixar movie everywhere you look. Reviews, screenshots, false rumors, and news articles. I, being very excited for WALL-E, have read many of these news articles and have found one in particular that is very interesting. It talks about how WALL-E is a big gamble for Pixar. It discusses the psychology that the film's creators went through, as well as how the audiences will react. Here's the link. It is very interesting, here's a little taste of the article:

"Apparently, because for its first 30 min., the new Pixar astonishment WALL•E has virtually no dialogue. Nor does it offer a Star Wars--like print crawl to inform viewers that this is Earth 800 years from now. The mechanical critter who is the film's hero can speak only in electronic grunts and sighs, or in one-word bursts, like a chattier R2-D2. The movie's other main creature, a robot named EVE, also can speak only a few words. Yet it's Pixar's big, bold belief that the mass audience will be astute enough to follow the visual clues and game enough to play along. So confident is the studio in its ability to charm audiences, it has made a futurist movie that's a lot like an old silent picture.

When writer-director Andrew Stanton--whose last film was Pixar's all-time box-office champ, Finding Nemo--showed the first reels of WALL•E to the studio's brain trust three years ago, fellow auteur Brad Bird (The Incredibles) told him, "Man, you didn't make it easy for yourself." A movie that shows but doesn't tell, and whose leading characters are essentially mimes, could put an end to the eight-film box-office winning streak that began with Toy Story in 1995 and continued unbroken through last year's Ratatouille. To sell the project, Stanton had only his faith in the idea, and the collaboration of sound-design guru Ben Burtt, who would create WALL•E's "voice" and most of the film's other noises. But as Stanton recalls, "No one questioned this. They all knew it would work.""

Here's that link again. It's a great article and I recommend that you read it.

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