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10 Inspiring Lines From Pixar FIlms

November 11, 2009

Disney-Pixar’s Upcame out on DVD this week, and in the course of just two days, I’ve probably been asked by about ten of my friends if I’ve picked it up yet.  You see, those close to me know how much I love Pixar, and it’s true- I really do adore them.  There is no other studio that works so hard on each of their movies, carefully crafting each one into an artistic, heartwarming masterpiece.  In honor of Up’sDVD release, I wanted this week’s Wednesday List to be showcase my favorite studio, and so I’ve decided to count down 10 inspiring lines from Pixar films.  Mind you, putting together this list together has been more difficult than I originally would have thought.  When I came up with the idea, I thought, “I’ve found so many scenes in Pixar films emotional.  This should be simple.”  I thought of the shredded door in Monsters, Inc. glued back together.  I thought of the Wall-E and EVE’s beautiful “dance” in space in Wall-E.  I thought of Remy’s passionate reaction to tasting great food in Ratatouille.  But then I realized: A lot of these scenes really don’t have any dialogue, and that is because Pixar has mastered the art of visual storytelling, and at its core, film is a visual medium.  Indeed, Pixar uses gorgeous imagery to engage audiences, but to only acknowledge the visuals would be undermining the brilliant writing in each Pixar script, which convey humor, heart, and often deep emotion.  Therefore, allow me to share some of my favorite dialogue from every Pixar film, and why I find these lines inspirational and emotional.

Toy Story (1995)

Woody: What chance does a toy like me have against a Buzz Lightyear action figure?
Why I love it: Because who can’t relate to feeling rejected?

A Bug’s Life (1998)

Flik: You’re wrong, Hopper. Ants are not meant to serve grasshoppers. I’ve seen these ants do great things, and year after year they somehow manage to pick food for themselves and you. So-so who is the weaker species? Ants don’t serve grasshoppers! It’s you who need us! We’re a lot stronger than you say we are… And you know it, don’t you?
Why I love it: Because inside all of us, there is a courageous fighter waiting to take a stand.  Flik’s remarks appeal to an innate desire to stand up for something important.

Toy Story 2 – (1999)

Buzz Lightyear: Woody, stop this nonsense and let’s go.
Woody: Nah, Buzz, I can’t go. I can’t abandon these guys. They need me to get into this museum. Without me, they’ll go back into storage. Maybe forever.
Buzz Lightyear: Woody, you’re not a collector’s item, you’re a child’s plaything. You are a toy!
Woody: For how much longer? One more rip, and Andy’s done with me. And what do I do then, Buzz? Huh? You tell me.
Buzz Lightyear: Somewhere in that pad of stuffing is a toy who taught me that life’s only worth living if you’re being loved by a kid. And I traveled all this way to rescue that toy because I believed him.
Why I love it: Because this is what true friendship looks like- wanting what is best for a comrade, even if he doesn’t want it himself.  

Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Sulley: I’m sorry, Mike. I’m sorry we’re stuck out here. I didn’t mean all this to happen. But Boo’s in trouble. I think there might be a way to save her if we can just get down to that…
Sulley: [is fighting the invisible Randall when he is hit with a snowball] Mike?
Mike: Look, it’s not that I don’t care about the kid.
Sulley: Mike, you don’t understand.
Mike: Yes, I do. I was just mad, that’s all. I needed some time to think, but you shouldn’t have left me out there.
Sulley: I’m being attacked!
Mike: No, I’m not attacking you. I’m trying to be honest, just hear me out. You and I are a team. Nothing is more important than our friendship.
[Boo approaches Mike, frightened]
Mike: I-I know, kid. He’s too sensitive.
Mike: [Sulley is being strangled] Come on, pal. If you start crying, I’m gonna cry, and I’ll never get through this. I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you, but I am now. Hey, Sulley, I am baring my soul here. The least you can do is pay attention!
Why I love it: Because there’s nothing more fun than witnessing a pair of friends that love each other immensely, but are a still completely odd couple.  “How are these two friends?” you think.

Finding Nemo (2003)

Dory: No. No, you can’t… STOP. Please don’t go away. Please? No one’s ever stuck with me for so long before. And if you leave… if you leave… I just, I remember things better with you. I do, look. P. Sherman, forty-two… forty-two… I remember it, I do. It’s there, I know it is, because when I look at you, I can feel it. And-and I look at you, and I… and I’m home. Please… I don’t want that to go away. I don’t want to forget.
Why I love it: Because we’re all terribly scared of being left alone.

The Incredibles (2004)
[Helen hands the kids two masks]
Helen: Put these on. Your identity is your most valuable possession. Protect it.
Why I love it: Because in the midst of all the action in life, it is not simply what we do, but who we are that matters.

Cars (2005)

Sally: Forty years ago, that interstate down there didn’t exist.
Lightning McQueen: Really?
Sally: Yeah. Back then, cars came across the country a whole different way.
Lightning McQueen: How do you mean?
Sally: Well, the road didn’t cut through the land like that interstate. It moved with the land, it rose, it fell, it curved. Cars didn’t drive on it to make great time. They drove on it to have a great time.
Why I love it: Because I love America.  I love Americana.  And I love nostalgic looks at our country’s storied past.

Ratatouille (2007)

Anton Ego: In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto: Anyone can cook. But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.
Why I love it: Because two beautiful things happen here: someone (Remy the rat) is finally acknowledged for his passion, and someone (Anton Ego) is reminded why he once had a similar passion.

Wall-E (2008)

Captain: Out there is our home. HOME, Auto. And it’s in trouble. I can’t just sit here and-and-do nothing. That’s all I’ve ever done! That’s all anyone on this blasted ship has ever done. Nothing!
AUTO: On the Axiom, you will survive.
Captain: I don’t want to survive. I want to live!
Why I love it: Because this is just what our world needs to hear.  Sometimes on rainy days, I’ll spend hours blogging, listening to music, watching YouTube, doing class work, watching more YouTube, and napping, and I’ll think, “What have I become?  Life must have more purpose than simply existing and wasting time.”  It reminds me of the song “Done Living” by Justin McRoberts: “The question isn’t are you gonna die, you’re gonna die / Will you be done living when you do?” 

Up (2009)

Carl: Russell, for assisting the elderly and for performing above and beyond the call of duty, I would like to award you the highest honor I can bestow, the Ellie badge.
Why I love it: Because every person wants fatherly approval.  For Russell, who had no father in his life, Carl’s loving gesture helps to fill that void just a little.

What are some your favorite lines?  Are you as affected by Pixar movies as I am, or do I sound a little crazy?  Let me know in the comments.


Weekend Preview: Couples Retreat? Couples, Retreat!

October 9, 2009

My computer just got fixed!  Blogging can now resume as regularly scheduled.  First on the docket?  A Weekend Preview video of course!  There’s only one new release this weekend, and that’s Universal’s Couples Retreat, and it should do pretty well at the box office.  Considering its only competition is a an animated kids movie (Cloudy) and a zombie flick (Zombieland), I’m thinking Couples Retreat can find a pretty solid $23 million weekend.  Go ahead and watch the video, and then click inside to see my full box office predictions.

By the way, that good article about Paranormal Activity I was talking about is here.

Box Office Predictions for October 9-11, 2009
Rank Movie Theaters Predicted Gross
1 Couples Retreat 3,000 $23 million
2 Zombieland 3,038 $15 million
3 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2,992 $11 million
4 Toy Story / Toy Story (3D) 1,752 $7 million
5 Surrogates 2,992 $4.1 million
6 The Invention Of Lying 1,743 $4.1 million
7 Capitalism: A Love Story 995 $3.5 million
8 Whip It 1,738 $3.3 million
9 Fame 3,110 $2.3 million
10 The Informant! 2,202 $2.2 million
11 Love Happens 1,895 $1.9 million
12 Paranormal Activity 159 $1.8 million

What’s Next For Pixar?

June 8, 2009

Have you seen Up yet?

If the answer to that very simple question is ‘no,’ follow these instructions:
1. Put pan on stove.
2. Pour water in pan.
3. Heat water until boiling.
4. Pour water on head.
5. Go see Up.

In case you haven’t heard, it’s incredible. And it’s doing well at the Box Office as well. It pulled in 68 million its first weekend, and beat out the newcomers (Land of the Lost, The Hangover) this weekend to stay on top. But I’m already looking forward. What’s next for the geniuses at Pixar?

Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3-D (October ’09, February ’10)
I didn’t have the fortune of seeing Up in 3D, but I hope to because I’ve only heard great things. Pixar’s animation is superb to begin with, but I can imagine when it’s put right in your face it’s like being enveloped with beauty (that’s an elegant way of saying it totally kicks ass). The guys at Pixar have been reworking the first two Toy Stories to put them in three dimensions, and they will be in theaters soon. These are two of their top movies, so I can’t wait. I just hope they’re showing in a theater near me. I assume the major idea here is to build up to their next release, which is:

Toy Story 3 (June 18th, 2010)
The third movie in the only trilogy featuring talking toys that don’t kill people arrives next summer. Neither Toy Story nor Toy Story 2 has received a single negative review on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s right, 100% for both. Pixar movies already have a lot of pressure on them to be up to caliber, when everybody is just waiting for you to mess up, but I can guarantee that the third installment in the Toy Story universe will be watched even more carefully than the others. When you have the predecessors this movie does, there’s a lot of expectation. But something tells me Pixar is up to the challenge.

Not much is known about the plot, and the recent teaser only showed the characters building a sign for the movie, and no actual footage. The basic idea involves the Toys being dumped in a daycare center as Andy goes off to college. That’s kind of a bummer premise, since Woody’s love for Andy is was such a crux for the first two movies, so it will be interesting to see how it will play out. It’s realistic, though, and I’d love to see how the toys cope with the loss. Like Woody, we’d like their time together to be stagnant and unchanging. But as Prospector Pete told us in Toy Story 2, that just won’t be the case. I always hoped Woody would be passed to Andy’s son (a thought I also hope holds true for Calvin’s tiger, Hobbes), so I hope after a brief stint in what is guaranteed to be a hellish day care, the toys are reunited with their former owner.

It’s directed by Lee Unkrich, who directed the top two movies on my Pixar list (Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo), and like most upcoming Pixar releases, it will be in 3D. I think it’s becoming something of a trend.

Cars 2 (Summer 2011)
In only the second time that Pixar has decided to reuse characters, director Brad Lewis (producer of Ratatouille) takes us back to the world where Cars speak and drive themselves. I’m very interesting in their choice to make this movie. Most people, including myself, would rank Cars at the bottom of their Pixar rankings. Why not do a sequel to The Incredibles? There’s a lot of potential there. While I think Cars is a good movie, I find it a step down from every other film they’ve produced. It received strikingly more negative reviews than it’s affiliates (it has an RT rating of 75%; the next is A Bug’s Life at 91). It’s not quite the retarded stepchild of the group, but perhaps it’s the B-student surrounded by straight A’s. But, that student also happens to be cash cow, because Cars made a lot of money, and it’s merchandising pushes that even further. I pray that they aren’t making the movie for purely monetary reasons, so they can add a few more action figures (action cars?) to the line up. Hopefully it’s a shot at redemption. Not much is known about Cars 2, except that Lightning Mcqueen and his friend Mater (and perhaps the rest of the gang) are heading off to Europe to race in the European tours.

The premise actually intrigues me. There’s a lot of potential in the story, as was there was in the first. I watched it again recently, and the first 30 minutes are as good as any others. After that, it loses the fresh feeling it had, and drags on for too long. I don’t think the idea itself grew stale, I just think they didn’t keep pumping the creativity into it. The Volkswagen hippie and his organic fuel? The humvee that raises the flag at sunrise? It did a lot of really funny things in that first third of the movie. So hopefully, this will be a redemption film, and will make up for the flawed rest of the first movie.

The Bear and the Bow (Christmas 2011)
2011 marks a momentous occasion. It will be the first time that not one, but two Pixar films are released in the same year. Directed by Brenda Chapman (The Prince of Egypt, and my all time favorite animated film, The Lion King), The Bear and the Bow takes Pixar to the land of the more traditional cartoons, where there are princesses, royalty, magic, and curses. Though I am sure they will put their own creative spin on it. Princess Merida of Scotland has a dream that her parents do not share; she wants to become a champion archer. Through a clash of wills with her mother, Merida makes a reckless choice that endangers herself, her family, and her kingdom. And yes, it’s in 3D.

newt (Summer 2012)
After a return to the character that brought them acclaim, Pixar will begin another highly original and imaginative tale, one that I’m excited for based on the premise itself. The population of blue-footed newts on the planet has diminished to a total of two, a male named, appropriately, Newt, and a female named Brooke. In desperation to save the species, humans have captured and forced the two to live together, so that they might, well, divide and multiply. Emphasis on the latter.

Problem: Newt and Brooke can’t stand each other. But they begin together a perilous and unpredictable journey where they learn that, “Love is not a science.” Sure it’s likely that this will be a romantic comedy, where the couple that at first don’t get along fall in love with each other. It would be formulaic, especially for Pixar, if they weren’t the last two newts alive, and really each other’s only choice for a mate.

newt (uncapitalized on purpose) is directed by Gary Rydstorm, who directed the short film Lifted. It will be yet another 3D film.

Rumored: Monster’s Inc. 2
Slashfilm reported a rumor today that is talk of doing a sequel to Monster’s Inc. While I’d still like to see The Incredibles 2, I’m very excited about this sequel, so long as they don’t stop coming up with fresh movies and characters.

Viva la Pixar! Here’s to the next 2 years.

Movie Review: Up Soars/Flies/Any Other Silly Pun You Can Think Of, That Thousands Of Others Already Have

June 2, 2009

It’s midnight on Thursday the 28th, and I’m sitting in a crowded theater full of adults who have gathered to see a computer animated Disney cartoon. I’ve been to a lot of midnight releases, most of them being the huge block-busters, the franchise sequels that people come in droves for dressed up as their favorite character. For superheroes you’ll see people dressed up as the hero or villain (I was Superman for Superman Returns and the Joker for The Dark Knight, myself), for The Matrix you’ll get a lot of latex glad neogoths, for Harry Potter you’ll get a lot of young teens with broomsticks and sharpie drawn lightning scars. For Disney/Pixar’s Up I saw… People. Regular people, who weren’t raving mad over how Spider-Man would stop Doc-Ock or what would happen to Trinity in the third movie of the trilogy (Spoiler, she dies). These were adults who had come to see a cartoon because the people that made it are so damn good at what they do. They weren’t bringing their kids (it’s a midnight release, after all), they were coming because this particular film is the tenth from a company who has yet to strike out.

And Up delivers. It’s a wonderful movie, filled with laugh-out-loud humor, poignant emotion, even some suspenseful action starring the walker totting old geezer hero of the story.

Much has been said about the first ten minutes of the film, adoration it comes by most deservedly. It’s the montage of a love story, from its nervous childhood roots, through the different stages in life, all the way to its tragic ending. There are no words, it just shows Carl and Ellie Frederickson grow old to the perfect score by Michael Giacchino. Along the way we see their trouble with starting a home, coping with infertility, and the constant unfortunate delay of taking their dream vacation to South America. As soon as Carl buys the tickets, Ellie grows ill and passes. It’s a beautiful downer of a beginning. As I sat in that crowded theater at midnight, once the last note of music was played, the audience was completely still, in awe of what they had seen. I looked, because I had to know, and sure enough amongst the chorus of sniffles were tear-streaked faces. In a ten minute, cartoon montage, Up had pulled on some serious heartstrings. I almost feel guilty for not crying, though I had to work pretty hard at keeping my emotions at bay.

Carl lives in the same house alone, despite the sky-scrapers sprouting up around him, and the constant annoyance of the developers who dress suspiciously like agents in The Matrix. When he is forced to move to nursing home, he decides to take matters into his own hands. Tying up thousands of helium filled balloons to the grate his fireplace, he takes to the skies in the house he and Ellie had grown old in. Hoisting a makeshift sail, he points southward, to the dream spot in Paradise Falls they’d always talked about.

Illogical and impossible? Absolutely. Beautifully animated and done very well? Of course, it’s Pixar. Along for the ride is a horrified ‘Wilderness Explorer’ named Russel, who had been pestering Carl to get his Assisting the Elderly badge. Once in South America, they quickly meet up with a strange bird Russel names Kevin (despite her ovaries and uterus) and a dog named Dug, who has a strange collar that allows him to vocally project his thoughts. They come out in a completely matter-of-fact way, as I’m sure dogs actually think, with lines such as, “Hello, my name is Dug, I just met you, and I love you.” It’s hilarious to see and hear, I promise you.

Dug is part of a gang of dogs with similar collars, though he is ignorant to the malicious nature to the rest of their gang. Their master, Charles Muntz, is on the hunt for a bird just like Kevin and is willing to do anything to get it. Sure enough, Carl and Russel get tangled up in these shenanigans, and while Carl’s plans don’t go as he had wished he learns valuable some valuable things in his twilight years, like being a father, for instance.

Edward Asner does a fine job voicing Carl. He’s grumpy and bitter, but softens when he should. The real vocal stars, however, are newcomer Jordan Nagai as Russel and Bob Peterson as Dug. Russel has just enough annoyance to be funny but just enough tenderness to be lovable, treading the fine line between Short-Round and Haley Joel Osment in Pay It Forward. Bob Peterson’s Dug is hysterical, and his delivery of Dug’s lines is spot on. It’s all very honest, very eager, very doglike.

Up is a pretty funny movie. I wasn’t in stitches the entire time, but I got some pretty solid chuckles. The only time I would say I laughed really hard was during a very well placed dog gag, one that didn’t involve Dug. I hate to spoil it if you haven’t seen it, but they set the joke up perfectly with their ominous music and the camera zoom-in. If you’ve seen it, you know what it was. The dogs offer a lot of the funnier stuff in the movie, and I feel they were both over and underutilized. Over in the fact that they serve as an army for Muntz and are omnipresent with him, and serve as the villains in the film, but I still felt there was a lot of funny material that could have been included, especially with Dug.

The biggest flaw in the movie would have to be Muntz himself. As a villain, he just sort of fell flat. His grand scheme is to kidnap a bird to prove its existence, and clear his sordid name. He’s relatively one dimensional, and that one dimension isn’t particularly interesting. When it comes to great villains, The Incredibles has the one-up here. But Muntz serves his purpose.

The story isn’t all that grandiose, either. Not that that’s a particularly bad thing, but when it comes to Pixar stories this one lacks a bit of their creative depth. A rat becomes a gourmet chef in Paris vs. an old man flies his house to South America by tying balloons to it. But it also brings the film back to a sense of reality (kind of). That is, it’s human protagonists, not mice or fish or toys. A lot of Pixar’s creative success comes from humanizing those inhuman objects. So when the main characters are human it feels easier. That’s not fair at all, because I’m sure it isn’t, that’s just the vibe I got.

But the visuals. Ahhh, the visuals! Strikingly beautiful, from the balloons, to the jungle, to the characters themselves. All flawlessly designed with the perfect shape and sheen, from Carl’s square face to the wavy fur on Dug’s body, it always looks impressive. I didn’t get the chance to see it in 3D, but I can’t imagine how spectacular that looks.

This wouldn’t be my favorite Pixar movie. It’s not even in my top four (Nemo, Toy Stories, The Incredibles). It’s better than last year’s Wall-E, though, and would certainly fall somewhere between 5 and 7 on my list of Pixar’s greatest. But to be in the middle of that list is still to be among some of the greatest movies ever made. Up is another majestic film from Pixar, one that makes us laugh, cry, and stimulates our collective imagination.

Clever, Charming, Cute, and Comical. The Four C’s of Pixar.


Doing The Impossible: Ranking Pixar’s Short Films

May 29, 2009

A Visual Diagram Of Pixar Vs. Dreamworks

April 2, 2009

HAHA! I found this over on Slashfilm, who in turn found this at PoeNews. I couldn’t agree more! (Click the image if you want to maximize it)

10 Films That Defined My Childhood

January 22, 2009

So the longer I work on The Box Office Junkie, the more I learn about this crazy world known as the blogosphere. What’s my latest realization? That people are unnaturally obsessed with lists. Top 10s, 25s, 50s 100s, it doesn’t matter- people will eat them up. I started to think about myself, and I realized that I love and read them too! Well, I’ve never been one to doubt the collective crowd’s choice of entertainment, so I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon! Each week, on Wednesday (I know its Thursday- I forgot to post this!), I will deliver a Top Ten list for the week. My first list is pretty simple: 10 Films That Defined My Childhood. I’m a proud member of Generation Y (yes, that’s an old picture of me), and I think the list reflects that. Take a look and see if you agree:

10. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie

I was in love with Kimberly, scared of Ivan Ooze, and wanted to be Tommy. For my 8th birthday, I had all my friends come over to my house in solid colored sweatsuits. My mom cut white diamonds out of contact paper and stuck them on us, and my teenage neighbor came over and taught us karate. For those few hours we were Power Rangers. Fast forward to the Halloween of 2008, when I may or may not have dressed up as the Green Ranger for a night…

9. Toy Story

Oh, I thought this was just the coolest thing I’d ever seen! I remember laughing so hysterically hard at the alien toys in the claw machine and being completely creeped out by the erector-set spider toy with a baby doll’s head on top!

8. Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery

It may seem strange to include this movie on this list. After all, it’s hardly a kid’s movie, and I wasn’t even allowed to see it until I was well into middle school, but my friends all saw it when they much younger! They saw it about three years before I did, and never stopped talking about it. It was certainly the bawdiest humor they had seen, and they (and I) thought they were so cool by mentioning it all the time. It’s so funny the insecurities you have when you’re little, but I was constantly afraid that this conversation would come up, and I’d have to reconfess that I’d never seen Austin Powers. Devastating, right?

7. Snow Day

What a fun movie. Every kid can relate to the utter joy of a snow day. Didn’t you ever wear your pajamas inside-out in hopes of a snowy day off from school? Also, when I think of this movie, I instantly think of that random girl, Hoku, singing “Another Dumb Blonde.”

6. James And The Giant Peach

I loved the book by Roald Dahl, and I thought this Tim Burton film was so cool and weird, and true to the story. And claymation is just plain cool looking!

5. Zenon: Girl Of The 21st Century

Please tell me I’m not the only one who remembers this Disney Channel Original Movie about a mischievious girl who lives on a space station, but gets sent to Earth. Zenon coined such great phrases as “Cetis-Lapetis,” “Spay-Stay,” and (not kidding, here) “interplanetary-megastellar-hyrdostatic.” The fake band from the movie, Microbe, sang “Supernova Girl,” a song that remains a personal classic for me. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! Make my heart go Boom, Boom!

4. Hercules

When I saw this in theaters, it rained so much, that the theater started to flood right at the end of the film. The movie theater felt so bad, that they let the whole audience watch it again on another screen for free! In my opinion, this is one of the most sorely underrated Disney films. It’s got its own totally distinct style, characters, and humor, and the gospel infused soundtrack was an utterly inspired move!

3. Harriet The Spy

Besides loveing the movie, there two reasons that this film, which starred Michelle Trachtenberg defined my childhood. First off, it made me start my own journal. I just thought it was so cool how she’d write down everything she was thinking, and look at me now! I’m still writing down what I think, just for everyone to read. Second, it made me start and stop betting. I bet my older brother, Marston, 50 cents that this movie came out on a Tuesday. I was wrong- it came out on a Wednesday. I cried for about an hour when he demanded the payment, and I was so distraught about it, that I did not bet anyone else until I got to college.

2. The Lion King

Here I am again with a crying story… But it was Mufasa! Who didn’t cry?! This remains one of my all time favorite movies, and certainly my favorite soundtrack of any Disney film. The Lion King became even cooler to me in high school, as I had a truly revelatory moment when reading Hamlet. “Oh my gosh,” I thought, “this is The Lion King!”

1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

I have probably seen this move about 50 times. It is completely magical to me. The flying and floating car, the crazy inventions, the pirates, the toot sweets, Truly Scrumptious, the purple-haired kingdom, the grandfather, the candyman child-catcher, Hushabye Mountain, the doll on the music box, and the music itself! If you’ve ever seen the film, you know exactly what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t, you’re missing out. It’s a wonderfully fun, fantastical story that I will never forget. I still watch it once or twice a year, just to feel the sense of adventure, romance, humor, and fun. Take a look at this video if you aren’t convinced of how cool Chitty Chitty Bang Bang actually is, and then go buy it. One of my favorite movies ever.

So there’s my list! I hope you liked it! What’s your Top Ten list? What films would you add/take away from mine? And do you like the weekly list idea? Let me know in the comments!

Walt Disney 2009 Preview: Things Are Looking Up!

December 17, 2008

I’ve never shied away from my deep affinity for all things Disney, so I was understandably excited when I saw that Walt Disney Pictures has released their 2009 preview package to some major movie websites. (Maybe one day, The Box Office Junkie will be on that mailing list, but not just yet…) It includes the Mouse House’s full release schedule for 2009, as well as synopses and pictures for all of most of the films. Ropes Of Silicon has a great feature on the package. You should head over there and check it out. I’m personally most excited for Up, the upcoming Disney-Pixar film about an old man who ties thousands of balloons to his house, so he can float away, only to find that a cheery 9-year-old boy scout has tagged along for the ride. Like all other Pixar films, the characters look dynamic, the story hilarious, and the visuals incredible. After Wall-E, the Pixar team can truly do no wrong in my book. Anyway, check out the 2009 release schedule (and the Up trailer) below, and then head over to Ropes Of Silicon for the full preview.

February 13, 2009 – Confessions of a Shopaholic

February 27, 2009 – Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience

March 13, 2009 – Race to Witch Mountain

April 10, 2009 – Hannah Montana The Movie

April 22, 2009 – Earth

May 29, 2009 – Up

June 12, 2009 – The Proposal

July 24, 2009 – G-Force

Summer 2009 – When in Rome

September 25, 2009 – Surrogates

October 2, 2009 – Toy Story

November 6, 2009 – Disney’s A Christmas Carol

November 25, 2009 – Old Dogs

Christmas 2009 – The Princess and the Frog

And here’s the whimsical, wonderful Up trailer: