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    Pixar Gambles on a Robot in Love
    Pixar Animation Studios/Walt Disney Studios
    Wall-E, the little robot who stars in a big (and expensive) new Pixar film.


    By KATRINA ONSTAD
    The New York Times
    Published: June 22, 2008

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/22/mo...ts&oref=slogin
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    Re: Pixar gambles on a robot in love

    Thanks for posting this

    I think it's rather sad that the very idea that a studio would take a chance (or, to spin it with a negative connotation as they did, "gamble") on an original concept is something so rare that it makes headlines. The idea that every movie Pixar Studios produces would automatically make more money than the last is preposterous and (unless I'm mistaken) has no precedent in the history of movie studios, so I don't know why they act like this was expected and make it sound all disappointing. There will be BIG big box office hits like Finding Nemo and smaller big box office hits like Ratatouille (which still made a lot of money at the box office considering its supposedly "unsellable" concept, and made even more money overseas). I shudder to think what will happen if Pixar ever produces a bona fide flop, something parent company Disney has done one several occassions.

    The important thing here is making enduring classics. Toy Story was a hit when it was released, and is still popular 13 years later. Films like Pinnochio, Bambi and Alice in Wonderland were initally "financial disappointments" for Disney, but I'm sure they've made up for it since then.
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      Re: Pixar gambles on a robot in love

      OK, so I just went and saw a sneak peak of this movie and I've gotta say; it's about as difficult to sell as cotton candy. The movie is adorable. There is nothing absolutely nothing that will turn kids off of it. It's no more a risk than a Wiley Coyote film and it will be just as popular. It's not heavy, it's not dark and there is more expression in Wall-E's "not a face" than almost any Dreamworks pic I've seen.

      I had my doubts before I saw it because of how deep and complex the subtleties of Ratatouille were that this movie would be just as difficult for young kids and I was totally wrong. It's probably the lightest movie they've made since Bug's Life and it was thoroughly enjoyable!! Just my opinion, of course.
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        I have to laugh at this article... at the end it worries about Pixar are not doing as good of box office profit as other Pixar movies in the past.

        Whether or not viewers give in to “Wall-E” is a billion-dollar question. “The box office from Pixar films hasn’t been growing since ‘Finding Nemo,’ ” Mr. Price said, speaking of the domestic box office. “Certainly ‘Cars’ and ‘Ratatouille’ were not as strong as the predecessor films.”
        Ratatouille - worldwide gross-to-date is $621,416,583 which is more than half what Nemo has done but It still a great profit.

        Talk about trying to make something out of nothing.
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          Originally posted by ni_teach View Post

          Talk about trying to make something out of nothing.
          Seriously. And did they conveniently ignore that Cars has made, so far, FIVE BILLION DOLLARS in merchandise? That's frickin insane.
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          • #6
            Re: Pixar gambles on a robot in love

            Fantastic film!
            I laughed, I nearly cried, I fell in love with a little lonely robot that just wanted someone to hold his hand.
            As has been said, I think kids will love the cute little robot running around where adults will pick up more on the environmental message present within. It's not beating it over your head which is nice but there's still that layer of "OMG we're going to ruin the planet and become fat slugs!"
            I also thought people might be put of by the lack of dialogue, but honestly, I hardly noticed it
            I really think the film will have no problems especially after word of mouth starts getting out.

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              Re: Pixar gambles on a robot in love

              Originally posted by Queentitania19 View Post
              It's probably the lightest movie they've made since Bug's Life and it was thoroughly enjoyable!! Just my opinion, of course.
              ROFL! If you think this movie is this light...I don't know what to say. It was an obvious commentary of corporate America and where rampant consumerism is leading the world. Light indeed. That being said, it was a wonderful film and they were able to give a grim subject a light feel. The end was uplifting, but just thinking of the future in this way is a bit scary.
              I found it rather ironic exiting the theater into the Disney Soda Fountain and seeing all the merchandise. Wall-E will be picking up all that stuff later I suppose

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              • #8
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                The backdrop was serious, the story was nothing more than a romance. I don't find a romance to be heavy subject matter. If a love story is set in WWII it's still a love story. That's all this movie is. Which again doesn't make it any less fabulous.
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