14 11 / 2011
01 11 / 2011
Beetle juice starts with the young couple being told they should really think about selling their home and letting someone with children live there. They take a trip to the hardware store and fall of a bridge on the way home and get killed. They then appear at their house unaware that they are ghosts and carry on their everyday life, they find their reflections do not show in the mirror and spot a handbook for the recently deceased. They realise they are dead and see new people come to look at the house to live in the loft unable to be seen by anyone except the girl who becomes friends with the ghosts, the couple want the family to move out as it was their home and do not like it being changed. The couple go to the place of the dead to see if they can get help there and after failing to scare out the family they enlist in the help of beetle juice who says he will kill the new family but they only want them moved out. The new family hold a dinner party at which the ghosts are used as entertainment in the end the couple ‘adopt’ the girl as their own and celebrate her test results and all of the people live in the house.
31 10 / 2011
31 10 / 2011
26 9 / 2011
13 9 / 2011
An auteur is a filmmaker who has a personal style and keeps creative control over his or her work. Brad Bird is an auteur and his films are mostly animations, he is known for directing Disney’s The Incredibles and Ratatouille. He has also been a guest director on the Simpsons for 2 episodes. As well as directing, Bird is also the screenwriter for most of his work, showing as an auteur he is putting his individual style into his production. Bird is also often a voice over for a character in his films, i.e. the fashion designer in The Incredibles and the butler of the critic in Ratatouille. This shows that he wants his influence to be in the production and be a part of it while not having a main role leaving him able to direct. Bird began as a Disney animator producing shows such as The Fox and the Hound and The Plague Dogs then branched out to a wider range of films and shows taking his trade mark with him.
One of the best talents that Bird possesses is the ability to instil emotion into the viewer. He is able to make the viewer really feel what the character is feeling and get them to feel for the character filling them with emotion. While he moved through different studios and companies he kept this and left his trademark on every production. The Characters in Ratatouille all had a different story behind their lives and each with a strong sense of emotion that was felt by the audience. On PixarPlanet.com I found a post by someone that strongly felt the emotion in Ratatouille. He claims the movie moved him in ways that were unexplainable. This movie had a major effect on his life, it inspired him to be more than just a unique individual, it inspired him to hold on to his dreams and fly with them. He wrote a fanfic based on the movie and it was only supposed to be a reinterpretation of the movie but it grew far beyond what he ever imagined. When he went to see the movie he noticed the rest of the audience were also moved by the emotion. When something funny happened the whole theatre erupted in laughter and then when something sad took place silence fell in the theatre and everyone felt the pain of the characters. The movie made him a new person, his drawing improved because he spent so long wanting to be able to draw the characters features perfectly. He found new ways of expressing emotion through his writing because of this film, he now can write deeper and go deeper in to the minds of the characters. He believes this is the attitude Brad Bird held during the entire production of the movie.
While I was watching Ratatouille I myself felt the feeling Brad Bird tried to instil in me whilst watching the movie. When Remy got excited about something I would also sit and feel the excitement of what he was doing. When he was sneaking around the house I would hope that he didn’t make a noise and get caught. When Remy was separated from his family and friends I felt myself filled with sadness and remorse for Remy. When Linguini takes Remy outside to kill him and agrees to let him go, I felt a pang of sadness and betrayal for Linguini because Remy broke the promise and ran, but then feel happy when Remy returns. I found myself cheering Remy on when he was running with the papers. Lastly I felt the tension and suspense while Ego was writing the review and the happiness and joy when it turned out to be fantastic.
When I watched The Incredibles I ad the same reaction to the feelings as in Ratatouille, I felt sadness when Mr Incredible was made to give up being a superhero, to become a regular person. When he was sent out to the jungle I felt the suspense and exhilaration and was laughing when he won. I found myself laughing with the film and smiling when something good happened. I felt worried for Mr Incredible and the rest of his family when they were being attacked. I was cheering on the superhero’s whilst they were running from the enemy. A sigh of relief washed over me when they escaped and I felt a sense of achievement when they won.
This shows that Brad Bird is well suited to making this type of film, bringing animated characters to life and getting the audience to feel what they do and making them move with the story and feeling in the films.