Pulled from Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Up, Monsters, Inc., and Brave (upcoming).
And which is the worst? And what does 'worst' mean when you're talking about Pixar?
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Ratatouille may be one of the year's highest grossing movies. It may have a higher Metascore than Pulp Fiction, Raging Bull, and Schindler's List. But, as the New York Times asks this morning, does it really have a shot at a nomination for a Best Picture Oscar?
No less an authority than David Edelstein said that Pixar topped itself with this kid-and-foodie classic.
"What the hell, Pixar dudes?"
Disney has canceled its line of Ratatouille wines because of advertising standards banning the use of any promotion "that might appeal to people below the legal drinking age by using photos of very young models or cartoons."
On Ratatouille: "There is an innate bias against animated films. They are perceived as being for kids."
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The Beat links to an amazing pop-culture artifact: a 1938 rejection letter from Disney to a woman looking for a job as an animator. Printed on gorgeous Snow White stationery, the letter lays out the company's policy in brutal detail:
With Ratatouille hitting No. 1 on the box-office charts this past weekend — though its $47 million take notably fell short of the openings of past Pixar hits Cars and Monsters, Inc. — animator and comics artist Michael Gagné sheds light on one tiny but delightful aspect of the film.
Pixar's latest animated extravaganza, Ratatouille, is garnering near-unanimous praise from all quarters, currently sporting an astonishing Metacritic score of 95, which places it at No. 5 on the site's all-time list, between Dr. Strangelove and The Manchurian Candidate.
Amid all the Live Free or Die Hard hoopla, it's been easy to forget there's another potential box-office monster opening this week: Ratatouille, the newest film from Pixar, the geniuses who have delivered a nearly uninterrupted string of artistic and commercial triumphs since 1995's Toy Story.