I should really stop watching Pixar films…  although this was an unintentional watching as a friend’s kid had it on telly on a Sunday morning as we were getting ourselves moving for the day. I guess by necessity a company that big in the entertainment scene HAS to do this – but it always disappoints me to see films and stories which are obviously designed and finessed by a committee. You might start with an interesting story, but then formulas and archetypes are applied and overlaid, ensuring that the film has maximum bankable opportunity for video game conversion, merchandising, and spinoffs. And being a cynical adult who notices this therefore makes it very hard to get caught up in the simple wonder of the movie.  That, and a gnawing background sensation pondering how much of this film was an invention – in the same way that Mexico City’s Day of the Dead parade was invented for a Bond film. 👎

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