Tag: Pixar

  • The clues to a great story: notes on the TED talk

     Andrew Stanton’s work: A Bug’s Life (1998) (as co-director) Finding Nemo (2003) and its sequel Finding Dory (2016) WALL-E (2008), and the live-action film,  Disney’s John Carter (2012). He co-wrote all four Toy Story films (1995-2019) and Monsters, Inc. (2001).

  • Pixar’s Brave: Ideology and Storytelling

    Pixar’s Brave: Ideology and Storytelling

    Brave was released by Pixar in 2012. At that point, there were no Pixar films with girls as main characters, so this film was welcomed with open arms by people who’d been waiting and waiting for this. Unfortunately, the story isn’t great. Kids are likely to enjoy it — or aspects of it — I…

  • Inside Out And Neurodiversity

    Inside Out And Neurodiversity

    Inside Out is a 2015 Disney Pixar animated film for children. This is one of Pixar’s most popular. Inside Out is therefore fascinating from a writing point of view because it an example of the battle-free myth form, which we haven’t seen much of until recently. This one is also a pedagogically useful film. Occupational therapists…

  • The Ideology Of Persistence In Children’s Literature Analysis

    The Ideology Of Persistence In Children’s Literature Analysis

    If you work hard you will find success. Persistence leads to success is a comforting truism, because we feel the future is under our own control. Work hard, you win. An episode of a Freakonomics podcast provides a strong, economically sound argument for sometimes giving up.  But you’ll be hard pressed to find a book for…

  • Desperate Housewives Storytelling Tips

    Desperate Housewives ran for eight seasons from 2004 to 2012. This show is a great example of a ‘cozy mystery’. TAGLINES Taglines are for the marketing copy.  Season One: Everyone has a little dirty laundry…/Secrets. Romance. Murder. All On One Street. THE LOGLINE/PREMISE For maximum narrative drive the premise should be all about the plot.…

  • Pixar vs. DreamWorks

    Compared to many people I am no great fan of Pixar, partly because of their continued use of The Female Maturity Principle of Storytelling, partly because I think their films a bit more hit and miss than many critics will admit. But I will say this about Pixar:  in comparison to Dreamworks they’re awesome. IMDb has…

  • Gender Inversion As Gags In Children’s Stories

    Gender Inversion As Gags In Children’s Stories

    There’s this gag in many humorous children’s stories which almost everyone else finds hilarious and I find really troublesome. It’s when a male character dresses as a female character. This gender inversion in itself is meant to be funny. But why?

  • The Female Maturity Formula Of Modern Storytelling

    The Female Maturity Formula Of Modern Storytelling

    When it comes to modern storytelling in Hollywood animated films for children, Pixar is at the top of the field. In fact, The Good Dinosaur, released late 2015, might have been their very first lemon, depending on what you’re looking for in a film for children.

  • The Symbolism Of Flight In Children’s Literature

    The Symbolism Of Flight In Children’s Literature

    Flight is amazingly common in children’s stories. Several other motifs should be considered symbolically similar: floating — e.g. by holding onto helium balloons, levitating by magic or by supernatural means going up onto a high place, such as a roof or a tree(house) — Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s tree house series are mega bestsellers…