Isn't it nice to see Pixar back on top again? The stunning critical and commercial success of Inside Out – which, other than the muddled Brave, is the first non-sequel the studio has released in six years (since Up, also directed by Pete Docter) – is a welcome sign that what audiences really want from Pixar isn't cute characters or toy-friendly franchises, but solid storytelling and genuine… read more!
Movies Directed by Pete Docter (in alphabetical order)
Pixar's computer animated films are always easy reviews for me, because all I have to do is tell you how great they are, and leave them at that. Employing some of the most talented animators and story people in the industry, they have yet to make a dud, and even if Monsters, Inc. - about the secret world of the… read more!
Soul's title is a bit of virtue signaling: This is Pixar's first feature about black characters, and they really seem to be proud of that, so they called it Soul just to make it clear. While it's a little disingenuous – after all, the film is about jazz, not soul music – its story indeed concerns the soul: not what… read more!
Another easy winner from Pixar, the colorful, emotionally charged Up is their tenth feature and shows the studio at the height of its creative powers. Ed Asner provides the voice of Carl, a cranky old man mourning the loss of his wife, Ellie. The film's much-discussed prologue, which includes a dialogue-free montage of Carl and Ellie's life together, is arguably… read more!