Image by John J. Kimball.
To call the Pixar people the makers of cartoons is to undermine what they have accomplished. Pixar’s films represent consistent, inventive, funny, and touching storytelling, something for which all mediums want. They grapple with complex issues like loss, identity, growing up, and embracing change in ways that never seem trite. Watch, for example, the first ten minutes of up. How many movies so honestly and tenderly capture romance?
When news broke that Michael Arndt, the writer of Toy Story 3, is writing the new Star Wars movie, I knew things were headed in the right direction. Here is someone who took loved character and maintained their dignity while still making them entertaining and managing to surprise the audience. Of course, it may also mean that I cry my eyes out for the last 25 minutes of the film. So be it.