Pixar Movies 5 – Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo, Pixar’s fifth feature film, is a movie with a central theme that a lot of people didn’t understand. One of the movie’s major themes is that it portrays the use of fish as pets negatively. Yet shortly after the movie’s release, the demand for clown fish for saltwater aquariums skyrocketed. It actually led to an environmental devastation for the clownfish. At the same time, some people who saw the movie released their pet fish into the ocean, but didn’t release them into their proper habitat, causing problems for the indigenous species.

But that can’t be blamed on the movie itself. I just thought I’d surprise you with a bit of a dark introduction for what is easily Pixar’s most dramatic movie we’ve looked at so far in this blogathon. It’s a story about Marlin, a clownfish, who is separated from his only surviving son, Nemo. It’s about his journey to find his son, and during his journey, learning that he’s overprotective and kind of joyless. His son, Nemo, also learns that he’s stronger than he thinks. The third major character is Dory, a blue fish with a severe case of short term memory loss, but she’s mostly there to lighten the otherwise depressing mood and to help Marlin on his journey.

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Star Wars 42 review

The rebels are currently on Jedha, the planet from Rogue One with sizeable kyber crystal deposits and rebel extremists. The planet that the Death Star blasted a giant hole into. Why? Because the Empire is back, hoping to take all of the planet’s remaining crystals before it becomes completely uninhabitable. The rebels aim to stop them.

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All-New Wolverine 29 review

The previous issue of All-New Wolverine revealed that not only did the Orphans of X acquire the murumasa blade, but they’ve turned it into bullets. Why is that significant? Because the blade, and by extension the bullets, completely negate healing factors. The Orphans of X also made it clear that they want to rid the world of Wolverine-like characters, each for their own personal reasons. And they’re closing in.

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Comics of January 17, 2018

We’re just over half-way through January of 2018. It’s always nice when there are five Wednesdays in a month, and it’s extra nice to start the year off that way. I’m getting into my Pixar movie blogathon – 4 movies into their 19 movie catalogue, and I’m right in the middle of their own golden age. In terms of my physical goals for the year, I said that I aim to be able to finish a 400m im in a 50m pool in less than 8 minutes by my next birthday. Well, last month I swam my first ever 400m im, and I did so in a 25m pool in about 9 and a half minutes. 5 days ago, I swam my second ever 400m im in that same pool, and I completed it a full minute faster. People tend to swim slower in a 50m pool than in a 25m pool, but I’m still well on my way to achieving that goal. Going to the gym more often since mid-December and focusing primarily on my shoulders and arms is really helping with that.

Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include All-New Wolverine 29, Star Wars 42, Generation X 86, The Mighty Thor 703, Super Sons 12, Red Sonja 12 and Superman 39. Here are my first impressions, and links to full reviews will be added when they’re posted. I might need to stick to only two reviews this week because I have a lot of non-blog related stuff that needs to get done.

All-New Wolverine 29 review

Star Wars 42 review

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Pixar Movies 4 – Monsters Inc.

Pixar’s fourth feature film, Monsters Inc., is yet another very creative concept from the CGI animation powerhouse studio. Although I never felt this fear myself, a common fear amongst children is that a monster lives in the closet. This movie plays on that childhood fear by turning it into a major plot point. There’s another place (the movie doesn’t specify whether it’s another planet or another dimension), where monsters live. They have a network of teleporting doors that lead directly into children’s closets, which they use to frighten the children and make them scream. And yet the ironic thing is, the monsters are terrified of children. They falsely believe that children are toxic to the touch for them, to the point where when one human child finds their way into the monster world, it causes a widespread panic.

So why do they bother? Because children’s screams are how they get their power.

Let’s not worry about the question of how they powered the first doors to get into children’s closets, how they discovered that screams can become electricity in the first place or why they never figured out a more reliable way to generate electricity. As fascinating as those questions are, that’s not the point of the movie. The real point of the movie is the charming, heartfelt relationship that develops between Sully (the lead monster character) and Boo (Mary), a little girl who finds Sully a lot more amusing than she finds him scary.

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Pixar Movies 3 – Toy Story 2

Sometimes when writing these blog posts, especially for movies as famous as Toy Story and its sequels, it’s more interesting to talk about their backstory than it is to talk about the movie itself. After all, Toy Story might actually be the most famous animated movie trilogy of all-time (soon to be a quadrilogy). And while it’s worth talking about Toy Story 2 as a movie, this is definitely one of those cases where the backstory is more fun to talk about.

Talks for a Toy Story sequel began about a month after the first movie released in 1995, and why not? The first movie was a massive success. Hopes for a sequel were helped when director John Lasseter was traveling with his family after the movie’s release, and he spotted a young boy clutching a Woody doll at an airport. I can imagine how good that must have felt.

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Pixar Movies 2 – A Bug’s Life

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Shortly after the release of Toy Story, Pixar began working on their second feature film, A Bug’s Life. Directed by John Lasseter, the film stars Flik, a misfit ant who is both inventive and clumsy. After he severely messes up, he searches for “tough warriors” to protect his ant colony from greedy gangster grasshoppers who force the ants to harvest food for them every year. Although Flik finds help much faster than anyone anticipated, it turns out that he grabbed a bunch of circus bugs instead. And they’re failures as circus bugs.

Right away, there’s potential for a story and lessons behind them. There’s the lesson of being honest, something that Flik fails at throughout the movie. There’s the lesson of being too traditional, which Flik’s colony is. It’s that traditionalism that not only holds them back from progress, but also allows the grasshoppers to take advantage of them. It’s a coming of age story for both Flik and Princess Atta, who both learn that they’re stronger than they think, and they grow closer together by the end of the movie. And of course, there’s a great balance between embracing creativity and realizing that there are potential risks with being recklessly creative. And for the most part, the movie handles these messages well without sacrificing its story.

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