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A Pixar Week Compendium

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A Pixar Week Compendium

The House Next Door’s Pixar Week runs from October 4 to October 11. If you’d like to contribute a piece, please e-mail Todd VanDerWerff at

Look after the jump for a full list of posts.

Sunday, October 11
Michael Peterson writes about how you never quite know what’s going to make up your legacy and Pixar’s connections to a video game company in A Matter of Trust: Pixar and Its Step-sibling.

Saturday, October 10
Tom Elrod examines how Pixar’s love of traditional family dynamics creates films that favor a traditional, social conservatism in Focus on the Family: Pixar’s Small-c Conservatism.

Looking for something that compares the works of Henrik Ibsen to the works of Pixar? Then you’ve come to the right place, as Lawrence Horsburgh presents Lost in a World of Play: A Doll’s House and Toy Story.

Friday, October 9
Jack Patrick Rodgers looks at how John Lasseter’s films both long for a bygone American age and celebrate the current one in Love and Loss in John Lasseter’s America.

Ryland Walker Knight re-examines Brad Bird’s compositions and ability to create a sense of taste purely through visual portraits in Ratatouille’s Sense of Taste, of Place.

Colin Low finds WALL-E overpraised and explains just what he finds too cloying about the film to find it all that good in Besotted with Stars: The Problem with WALL-E.

Thursday, October 8
Jonathan Pacheco catches Pixar paying direct homage to one of its main influences, Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, in Grandpa Carl’s Flying House: Up and Howl’s Moving Castle.

D.W. Gardner examines just why some of Pixar’s films seem to advocate living your life within a narrowly defined set of boundaries and why some seem to advocate pushing past them in Pushing at Boundaries: The Two-Faced Ideology of Pixar.

Scott Nye examines both how his attitudes have changed and how three seemingly very different films examine the tale of a middle-aged man having a mid-life crisis in Meeting Mid-life with Maturity: American Beauty, Fight Club and The Incredibles.

Wednesday, October 7
Jason Bellamy and Ed Howard have a back and forth on both Pixar’s entire output and WALL-E in specific in The Conversations: Pixar.

Tom Elrod enjoys the one Pixar movie everyone agrees to dump on, and he defends it from claims that its message is muddled in Where Technology Meets Community: In Defense of Cars.

Colin Low takes a look at the two Pixar films he considers undisputed successes and laments the studio’s output since the latter of those two films came out in Pixar’s Peaks: Toy Story 2 and The Incredibles.

Tuesday, October 6:
Stephen Russell-Gebbett compares the films of Pixar to the films of Studio Ghibli and finds them wanting in imagination and well-developed characters in Just a Toy: Pixar’s Failure of Imagination.

Eugene Ahn looks at what Pixar does well when reflecting on what didn’t work in director Shane Acker’s computer animated film, 9, in Animation Reaching Too Far?: Pixar and Shane Acker’s 9.

Monday, October 5:
Odienator ventures down to his local multiplex to watch the two Toy Story movies in 3-D with the people in his neighborhood and reflect on the films themselves in Watching Movies: You’ve Got a Friend in 3-D.

Sheila O’Malley thinks back on two men in her life - one young and one old - and how her life and their lives are connected through Pixar’s films A Bug’s Life and Up in “Talk About the Movie”: A Bug’s Life and Up.

Sunday, October 4:
Pixar Week editor Todd VanDerWerff discusses the history of the studio, the thematic concerns of its filmmakers and some of the things Pixar week will entail in The Studio as Author: An Introduction to Pixar Week.