Twenty-five Years of Laughter from the Pixar Story Room
Forward by John Lasseter / Intro by Jason Katz
Right out of the gate I will say this book was a disappointment. ‘Not Very Funny!’ would probably have been a more appropriate title.
The book covers the first sixteen animated movies released by Pixar up to The Good Dinosaur. It contains sketches from the story department that were used to pitch gags to the various directors of the productions. I have no doubt that it must be very funny, and fun, to work in the story department at Pixar, but no real hilarity comes across in this publication.
Cute, but no belly laugh
Each film is featured in a chapter with brief snippets of wit and wisdom from one of the story persons who worked on it.
OK, I would buy this in die-cast!
Some of the ideas, pictured in this post, are amusing. But I wouldn’t consider the majority of them to be ‘funny!’ at any stretch.
It took all of one hour to read through and digest the images in this book making the purchase price of $29.95 US feel a bit high. I’m glad it wasn’t priced at the much higher figures of similar books from Disney Press. Perhaps being manufactured in China by Chronicle Books brought the price down?
My expression after finishing the book
Final Review: I’m not always gushing with my praise for Disney books and I certainly rarely pan a Disney book so thoroughly! But I can only give this effort a 2 out of 5 Stars.
The potential was high but the reality ranged from boring to disturbing with only a few chuckles in-between.
Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing tips to get great photos on your Disney vacation.
We all like to get our pictures taken with Disney characters! But with the long lines and the short time available for posing, it can be hard to get anything other than the standard stand-and-smile shot like the one above.
So today I’m here to help you one and all break out of the same-old same-old with tips on how to get great character photos:
T I P o n e T I P
Photograph Characters on Their Own
This is perhaps one of the hardest things to achieve due to the popularity of the characters, especially with the youngsters, who tend to rush up almost before the last guest has cleared the posing area. But with patience and good timing, a great shot can be had!
The one above was taken just before the meet-and-greet officially opened, so Aladdin and Jasmine were waiting off to the side, away from the crowds.
The picture of Mary Poppins was achieved through the miracle of cropping. A little guest was rushing over to the Practically Perfect Nanny when I saw my opportunity. With just two feet remaining between this shot and the inevitable hug-filled greeting, I had room to isolate my subject in post-editing!
Donald was easier, as he was on the way down the ramp from the Aztec Temple in the Mexico Pavilion. He saw me lining up the shot and struck this pose. Thanks Donald!
We all know Olaf loves hugs, so this shot really plays to his strength. With everyone in on the premise, we have a great , and heartwarming, moment captured forever!
Most face characters will take the time to speak and interact with each guest, especially if the guest is a cute little child! Both Alice and Mary Poppins took the time to engage these little girls. One with a conversation, and the other by putting the little one to work! Can you imagine how thrilling it would be to hold Mary Poppins’ umbrella?
These kinds of shots capture a moment in time that will never be repeated by your child, and not exactly by another child. This makes each shot priceless!
T I P t h r e e T I P
Photograph Characters in Close-ups
If you just have to have the obligatory stand-and-smile shot, make it more interesting by cropping out the extra stuff that does not add to the finished product. Legs, for example, aren’t that interesting and so can be amputated in post-editing.
Another tip for making this kind of shot better is to, if possible, choose a neutral background. Nothing can wreck a great shot like an unintentional photo bomb from some other park guest who is unaware they are in the frame. Hence the weird facial expressions or nose-picking moments that are all too common among the background extras when taking a character shot!
Welcome to Alice in Funland as she introduces this guest to a new way of getting an autograph! As you can imagine, this was fun for the subject, and is much more interesting for those who will look at the picture later.
This is a nice shot because it shows a bit of the personality behind the character. Chip is being silly as he helps his littlest poser obtain the same height as her brother. Mischievous. And priceless!
Sophie here with another exciting review. Today I’m reviewing the movie Cars. It’s main characters are Lightning McQueen, Mater, and the rest of the gang from Route 66.
On his way to Los Angeles, California McQueen’s truck door is opened and he awakens to find himself about to crash into not 1 but 3 incoming trucks! Then he found himself in a parking boot. He was set before Doc the Hudson Hornet an old retired race car with three piston cups. If you want to hear more then you’ll have to watch the movie. Adios amigos.
Lightning McQueen at Epcot
Mater at Epcot
Lightning McQueen Joins Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show (chipandco.com)
Disney/Pixar Kicks It Into High Gear with Cars 2 (chipandco.com)