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SheepFactory
03-11-2006, 06:08 AM
Cartoon brew reports:

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HUGE news out of the Walt Disney Co.'s shareholders' meeting today! I'm surprised that nobody else has picked up on the story yet. Animation fan Daikun, who attended the meeting, took lots of notes about what was said and posted them HERE (http://www.anre.org/fo/viewtopic.php?t=1875). The big news is that he says a trailer was shown for Brad (THE INCREDIBLES) Bird's next film at Pixar. The film is RATATOUILLE, which will be released in summer 2007.

This is the first time that Bird's name has been officially associated with the film. The original director of the film had been Jan Pinkava, who had helmed the Oscar-winning Pixar short GERI'S GAME. While modern Disney films often times have had the original director replaced during the course of production, I believe that this is the first time a Pixar film has not had its original director see the film through completion. It obviously raises a lot of questions about what happened, but with Brad Bird directing, I think we can all be assured that the film is in good hands."





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strangelife
03-11-2006, 06:14 AM
Bird directs rats...this should be good.:bounce:

anakinbrego
03-11-2006, 06:58 AM
The meeting was great! :thumbsup: The clip of RATATOUILLE starts out with a view of Paris and the Seine River, and geos to inside a gourmet resturant with a waiter talking about delicious food on a plattler, all you see is his hand, and then he waves over to the cheese, there's a rat in it. So everyone goes nuts in the restaurant all from the rats point of view, and the screen freeze frames, with a voice over of the rat talking about how he loves gourmet food, not the trash rats eat. Then it shows the rat talking and his father who's a voice in the background, who says how picky he is, then another rat come on screen, I think it was his brother, eating something rotten looking, black and moldy. The main character asks, "What is that you are eating?" the brother says, "I dunno, once you get passed the gag reflex you can eat anything!" Then the freeze frame image moves again and the rat runs away.
I think that's about right!
BTW I was sitting with alot of Disney Imagineers who were estatic about Lassetter being their new boss, a creative boss! We cheared when Lasseter came on stage, and also when Roy E. disney stood up for applause! Lasseter told the whole auditorium to all stop it when he got applause! In Iger's opening speech he talked about how Disney will be about quality entertainment. Lassetter complimented Iger saying he's a good man! Lasseter also said he's going to make great rides based on the movies, that will make you want to go on the rides and then see the movie, and then you'll want to go on the rides again! So he promises great attractions! They are also making an addition to the Pirates of the Carribean the Ride at Disneyland and at the Walt Disney World Resort that will tie in with the Pirates of the Carribean movies. Lasster said his wife wanted to dress up since he was on the board of directors, so he wore a suit jacket, with a funky button down shirt, jeans and black sneakers! He also said he loves cars growing up, his father had an automotive shop and his mother was a teacher. He ran home everyday after school to watch loony toons on TV way before video tape was ever out. His mother was a teacher. He went to Cal Arts. He worked on the Jungle boat cruise, and his best joke was, with the rhino poking the people up the pole, that those people were from the Hontas tribe, and the rhino was Poka Hontas' get it Pocahonats. Iger said Prince Caspian the next Narnia movie is coming out in 2007.
i won't give away the clip that they showed from the movie Cars, people might want to see it on the big screen! ;) At the very beginning of Iger's Presentation they showed a picture of Oswald the Rabbiit, which they bought all the writes to, and then Iger said it all started with a rabbit not a mouse! :)
What I noticed that was interesting was that the movie THE WILD was never mentioned or shown, and it's coming out next month in theaters.

Breinmeester
03-11-2006, 08:14 AM
W_w!! That's good news! I think Brad is the best director in animation ever. So Ratatouille sounds really promising. I do have mixed feelings about Jan Pinkava not finishing it though, I hope that's nothing big...

It sounds like the new Pixar Disney is an incredible inspiring place to create films. Can't wait to see what they chern out.

postArgus
03-11-2006, 08:15 AM
Ooh. I haven't been head over heals about cars, but i think this brad bird flic could be one i end up salivating over again.

ThomasMahler
03-11-2006, 08:21 AM
Hmmm. I found Incredibles a little disappointing (okay, my expectations were _huge_ after The Iron Giant). I always loved Geri's Game, so I'd have loved to see Jan Pinkava directing his own feature.

But what the heck - let's see what Brad's doing with it!

Kai01W
03-11-2006, 10:19 AM
I was underwhelmed of incredibles. I thought it wasted a lot of potential and was rather harmless.
I' love to see the monster inc crew do a movie again. I still think that was pixars best so far.

-k

Kaszub
03-11-2006, 10:52 AM
I wish Pinkawa finishes this movie - I was excited while I heard that Geri's director is about to make his own feature at Pixar and I was curious how it will turn up because as most of us I loved Geri's game... I know Brad's style and really really like it, but I also hoped him directing now some other, maybe a little bit darker story which's gonna surprise us. Well... this is surprise - for sure. Why it happened ? When it happened ? Pinkava resigned himself ? ...or was he "asked" to do so by someone important from Disney/Pixar? Is he going to stay at Pixar (Disney) and move to another project that we don't know about yet ?

Lique
03-11-2006, 11:13 AM
Since RATATOUILLE story takes place in paris I hope it has some french style animation and look to it, eg; ala tripplets of belleville, while mantaining pixar realistic style. I'm looking forward to see this one rather than cars.

cosmonaut
03-11-2006, 03:59 PM
Man, that is huge. Can't wait, Brad Bird is a genius, I was really hoping he'd be directing another pixar movie soon...

danimat0r
03-11-2006, 05:42 PM
holy crap! :eek:

Amazing news. I had no idea, or good or bad anticipation regarding rats, but now..


DAMN! YES!! :D

ReBootedOne
03-11-2006, 06:18 PM
*squeals and hugs his Brad Bird fanboi stuff to his chest*

-eric

FloydBishop
03-11-2006, 06:37 PM
I was looking forward to seeing a Jan Pinkava film myself. I'm more than a bit disappointed.

mental
03-11-2006, 08:12 PM
And I thought Fish and Insects were popular:

The Rescuers + Sequel(s)
An American Tail + Sequel(s)
The Great Mouse Detective + Sequel
The Secret Of Nimh + Sequel
Stewart Little + Sequel(s)
Flushed Away
Ratatouille
Charlex's Labratz
Scrat's Missing Adventure

Rodents out number them both :)

/edit: can't forget about Mickey either.

tfahey1
03-12-2006, 12:05 AM
Slightly off topic....just a hypothetical question here.

In regards to what anakinbrego said, Lasseter said. What is wrong with creating a ride, simply for the sake of creating a really great ride? No movie tie-ins? If they create great rides, word gets around, people will go on the ride. If they create great movies, word will get around, people will see the movie. I understand the whole promotion/marketing idea behind it, but it seems to me, there is an inherent vlaue in a kick-ass ride without all the commercialism.

laureato di arte
03-12-2006, 12:21 AM
Yes brad bird is a cool dude, i liked the Iron Giant, although i prefered the anime Giant Robo, seem to be based on the same type of idea. I really liked incredibles, it was kinda refreshing for me because these days it seems like all of the animated movies are about talking animals.
Dont get me wrong, i go to watch these films and i enjoy them , I also respect the time and hardwork that goes into these movies, but i would really like to see less of the whole talking animal thing. It seems im not the only one either http://www.studioartfx.com/2006/03/how-many-do-we-need.html#links . I think it would be nice to see more of a balance from western CG animation and more human animations, know what i mean?

bobtronic
03-12-2006, 12:32 AM
Incredibles is my favourite Pixar movie, so I am really looking forward to a new movie directed by Brad Bird.

Bob

beaker
03-12-2006, 03:07 AM
What is wrong with creating a ride, simply for the sake of creating a really great ride? No movie tie-ins? If they create great rides, word gets around, people will go on the ride. If they create great movies, word will get around, people will see the movie. I understand the whole promotion/marketing idea behind it, but it seems to me, there is an inherent vlaue in a kick-ass ride without all the commercialism.Disneyland/world's main audience are kids and their parents, not single adults. Movie tie-ins are what sells rides, not original ideas.

Anyways, as a creator, what could be more cooler then taking your animated ideas and turning them into larger then life rides?

Rhs_CG
03-12-2006, 03:36 AM
As has been stated many times, I too was rather excited to see Jan direct the movie. It played into Pixar's using shorts to give people some experience, in all areas, directing, animation, etc...

I hope it's nothing like illness or anything dreadful like that. Oh well. Life goes on.

tfahey1
03-12-2006, 07:04 AM
Hey Beaker,

I understand what you're saying, as i said in my original post, I get it, its about the money. I guess what I'm trying to get across here is Walt Disney didn't want to build disneyland/world to promote movies. it was about going and getting lost in those worlds; Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, etc. Also, Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain, among others, were built without movie tie-ins, and the vast majority of those that go to DL/DW will make it a point to go on those rides before leaving. These days, the rides are built to sell movies and merchandise as visitors are conveniently ushered through a gift shop just before exiting the building. That's what I call magic.

I'm just saying something was lost along the way, it's been around for 50 years, obviously there was something other than movie tie-ins driving the parks.

Teyon
03-12-2006, 12:41 PM
I don't think it was said they'd never make a ride that wasn't related to a film. I think he said they had plans to make more rides related to films. So in my book...nothing's changed until it does.

Ivan D Young
03-12-2006, 03:49 PM
Perhaps one factor with Brad Bird taking over has to do with Lasseter and the rest of Pixar management having more expanded duties and not having time to mentor a first time feature director. With Lasseter now running WDFA and Imagineering, and what ever he is doing at Pixar, I think that the kind of one on one time that he and Dr Catmull and others would spend with a director are, a least for the near future gone. If any thing the pressure and demand or a gauranteed hit has now gone way up and the risk has gone up as well. Brad Bird sitting in the director's seat was probaly done for many reasons, but maybe most of all to help an extremely talented director from having a bad movie at a time where he could be unfairly judged,without the usual support from Pixar staff. Just a thought

Digit
03-12-2006, 07:46 PM
Perhaps one factor with Brad Bird taking over has to do with Lasseter and the rest of Pixar management having more expanded duties and not having time to mentor a first time feature director. With Lasseter now running WDFA and Imagineering, and what ever he is doing at Pixar, I think that the kind of one on one time that he and Dr Catmull and others would spend with a director are, a least for the near future gone. If any thing the pressure and demand or a gauranteed hit has now gone way up and the risk has gone up as well. Brad Bird sitting in the director's seat was probaly done for many reasons, but maybe most of all to help an extremely talented director from having a bad movie at a time where he could be unfairly judged,without the usual support from Pixar staff. Just a thought

Sounds like a plausible theory.

robcat2075
03-12-2006, 11:33 PM
A talking animal movie does seem like an odd fit for Brad Bird.

That seems like something he would have fought to not have in any of his other movies.

But if Pixar green-lit talking rats it must be a great premise, I'm sure Bird will do something fine with it.

hampsty
03-13-2006, 12:02 AM
I don't really care much about talking animals or not myself because at the end of the day I still look more into the story telling aspect. I think people are having troubles writting human related stories, maybe? I mean, animals seems easy, they just take it from an animal's standpoint which is something we don't see everyday in Reality like escaping zoos or surviving in the human's world or evolution and all that. But ofcourse it's not 'that easy' when you want to make a really interesting, good story. It gets old playing the same concept all around. And gags, remember 5 bucks a gag? Good gags are rare. Brad Bird's movies never stop giving in so much good gags into his stories. I love those.

Human related stories seems to circulate around fairy tales a lot more too. Rapunzel, Shrek, Hoodwinked etc.

Back to the point, I loved Iron Giant and Incredibles a lot, I trust Brad Bird will make a kick out of it. ^^ The animals in Iron Giant were beautifully drawn too, the squirrel and the deer. No idea if he is against animal being protagonists of the story. I'm quite excited with the many movies to come myself than loathing there's too much of it.

heney
03-13-2006, 03:54 PM
I'm suprised to see so many Brad Bird fanboys excited about him taking over a project. I love Family Dog, the Iron Giant, and the Incredibles, and I think Brad Bird is one of the most talented directors around today. However one of my favorite aspects of his films are the designs, and with Ratatouille only a year or so away, that means the design phase is long gone. In fact the storyboarding and layout phase is also long gone, which means the way and style in which he moves the camera most likely won't even be incorporated into the film. To me this is the first film in which Brad Bird will be credited as "Co-Director" and the film will most likely not represent his style of direction, and that is two steps down for his reputation in my opinion. I wish Jan Pinkava could/would have been able to finish this film, I was really looking forward to seeing what he was capable of.

paul.yan
03-13-2006, 06:30 PM
...that means the design phase is long gone. In fact the storyboarding and layout phase is also long gone, which means the way and style in which he moves the camera most likely won't even be incorporated into the film. To me this is the first film in which Brad Bird will be credited as "Co-Director" and the film will most likely not represent his style of direction, and that is two steps down for his reputation in my opinion. I wish Jan Pinkava could/would have been able to finish this film, I was really looking forward to seeing what he was capable of.


You're assuming he was not involved with production up until the announcement. But as psyched as I am, what happened Jan Pinkava? I wanted to see your film too :sad:

AkaKico
03-13-2006, 10:34 PM
I for one am positively thrilled! I love Incredibles soo much.
Can't wait!

Chris

heney
03-13-2006, 11:05 PM
You're assuming he was not involved with production up until the announcement. But as psyched as I am, what happened Jan Pinkava? I wanted to see your film too :sad:

Well how much involvement could he have had in the early production? The Incredibles was released in 2004, which I'm sure took up all of his time, directly after the release was the DVD and promotion of the film, and after that in interviews Brad Bird always talked about taking a vacation. So I would imagine that he wasn't involved up until late last year or early this year.

Now assuming that he jumped right into the production directly after the Incredibles, that still means that he came in at the halfway point, two years into Pixar's general four year scheduele. However Ratatouille has been pushed back a year, so who knows. Still I would love to see Brad Birds next film, it just seems like this will be Brad Bird's take on someone elses film.

baby
03-14-2006, 09:11 AM
Ash Branon co-directing Toy Story 2 was fired after J.L. discovered the movie was partially crap.

synkipate
03-14-2006, 08:29 PM
Has Flushed Away (Aardman Animations) slipped from your radar guys?

Rats in London - Flushed Away (wikipedia link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flushed_Away))

Rats in Paris - Ratatouille

I don't understand the way studios mirror themselves sometimes, I looking at you Pixar and Dreamworks.

I know Pixar's film will be on a completely different scale to the Aardman picture, but still...

Breinmeester
03-15-2006, 01:39 PM
C'mon.... that's comparing Mickey to Jerry. Flushed Away will be a James Bond-style action flick.

synkipate
03-15-2006, 07:43 PM
C'mon.... that's comparing Mickey to Jerry. Flushed Away will be a James Bond-style action flick.

Dunno about James Bond, but Flushed Away will be an action(ish) film.


You are, in some ways, right about Mickey to Jerry comment, we know little about the new Pixar film, and only fools speculate on what the gods have in store for us, do they not? :)


PS. Anyone seen the long Flushed Away trailer at the start of Wallace & Gromit?

GameFace
03-15-2006, 08:37 PM
It's amazing over the past couple years how many people ive heard downed the movie cars before theyve given it a full watch. I dont think anybody can say pixar has delivered a horrible animated movie, from all their shorts to all their animated films. I think cars may not be the best movie they have ever made however I am willing to give it an opportunity to say it maybe when i do see it "IN FULL" I do think when it is released it will be the best 3d animated movie out that year I will even go out on a limb and say It will be the best 3d animated film since the incredibles (waiting to see ice age 2). What im saying all opinnions aside from toystory to incredibles pixar has delivered above every other company making animated movies so i think its only fair to pay omage and not redicule the movie before you can see it in its entire
-One



With all that said maaan the greatest film/animated film ever created is Lion King hahahahaha
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