|11.12.07||DVD|| No commentary on the DVD? for shame!!!|
|06.11.07||Alamo Downtown|| Sneak with Patton Oswalt and Janeane Garofalo (skinnier, tinier, tattoo'dier, and hotter than I thought she'd be) there to do a Q&A afterward. I'll say right now that I didn't follow Patton to South Lamar where he screened The Foot Fist Way. Not because I didn't want to see it but because I wanted to see Kier-La's compilation of Harry Nilsson stuff more.|
But anyway, Patton and Janeane were very funny in the Q&A and told stories about how cool the Pixar compound is, Brian Dennehy, the Sopranos finale, and whatever the kids in the front row were talking about. It was good times.
So with all that extra stuff out of the way, let's talk about the movie. When I saw that first teaser way back when I was severely unimpressed. I really liked The Incredibles because it finally grew beyond talking animals in funny miniaturized versions of human cities. While it was certainly still "cartoony," it was also about people and not squirrels. So when I saw the talking rats I was pretty harumphed. Plus Cars didn't quite wow me like I wanted it to.
All that said, this movie is great. Pixar magic in top form. Great great great. Wonderfully entertaining. blah blah blah positivity.
A big thing that I loved about it was how visual a lot of the movie was. At one point I found myself thinking that for having the lead role Patton sure didn't talk much, huge lengthy sequeneces played out where his character's only form of comunication was with his body. But it wasn't just because the rat couldn't talk to the humans. Plenty of scenes played completely silent between human characters as well. It really reminded me of the best parts of the classic cartoons I saw as a kid where the music and the animation told the whole story. A huge kudos to the animators on this project but also the story people for refining the beats down to quick looks and funny movements rather than clutter it with needless dialogue.
Not that the voices sucked or anything. Everyone did a good job as usual. There was also no singing which was awesome.
I dunno. I feel like I shouldn't go on because I don't want to spoil anything and going on with the praises seems boring. I really liked it though. Loved all the characters and the story and the ending and everything. It's up there with the best Pixar's done and that's saying a lot.