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    Wall-E for Best Picture

    October 28, 2008

    Wall-E posterAccording to the New York Times, the Disney/Pixar folks are planning to push Wall-E as a candidate for Best Picture at next year’s Academy Awards.


    I made my position on this perfectly clear this summer: Wall-E deserves a shot at Best Picture, and if I had a vote, it would be my choice. It’s easily my favorite movie of the year, and I was able to sum up my feelings in a three-word movie review.

    Hats off to Disney/Pixar, and here’s hoping it gets nominated and picks up the award, too!


    WSJ: Wall-E Deserves Shot at Best Picture

    July 12, 2008

    Wall-E screenshotJoe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal has joined the growing chorus of people calling for Disney to promote Wall-E as a Best Picture candidate at next year’s Academy Awards:

    “WALL-E” isn’t just an animated feature; it’s a great motion picture by any measure, and has already been hailed as such — by critics who’ve called it a masterpiece (I’m one of them), by audiences who watch it in a state of enthrallment (which is one notch up from enchantment). In keeping with its singular distinction, Pixar’s latest gift to movie lovers should be a candidate for the most prestigious award, Best Picture, when Oscar time rolls around.

    I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed, but you already knew that….


    WALL-E and the Academy Awards

    July 8, 2008

    Wall-E posterTIME magazine asks a good question: Can WALL-E Win Best Picture? Needless to say, I’m rooting for it. But the article lays out the hurdles our little robotic hero will have to overcome:

    • No animated movie has ever won Best Picture.
    • Academy voters, especially actors, are biased against animated movies.
    • Disney/Pixar may not want to spend the money promoting it for Best Picture, due to that bias.

    WALL-E is far and away the most well-reviewed movie of the year so far, and it’s incredibly unlikely five other films will come along and get better overall critical reviews. WALL-E is also sure to be one of the highest-grossing movies of the year.

    In other words, it has both critical and popular support.

    But the Academy would much rather honor artsy-fartsy crap like No Country for Old Men, Crash, and Chicago — movies that appeal to Hollywood snobs much more than something like WALL-E ever will. And they wonder why the Oscars TV ratings are at an all-time low. The critics and people are voting now, and WALL-E deserves a chance at Best Picture.


    My Top 5 Pixar Movies

    June 18, 2008

    Mike Wazowski

    Originally uploaded by Matt McGee

    With Wall-E about to hit theaters in a little more than a week, Casa McGee is in Pixar mode. I’m excited, the kids are excited … not sure about Mrs. McGee, but I think she’s excited about it, too. I’m definitely the big Pixar fan in the family, but the kids love the movies, too, of course.

    Last night at dinner I made the kids give me their Top 5 Pixar movies, and then I shared mine:

    1.) Monsters, Inc. — I’m not ashamed to admit this is my favorite movie of all-time. I love everything about it, and the storyline never fails to make me cry. Maybe it was just perfect timing — a story about a little girl and monsters that came out with a year or two of having a daughter. It was too perfect.

    2.) Finding Nemo – And here’s the heartfelt father-son story. Okay, so I’m a sucker for anything involving kids and parents (or parent-figures like Sully from Monsters). Plus, Nemo is just a non-stop animation tour de force and the colors are a joy to watch. (I sound like Ebert, don’t I?)

    3.) Cars – I actually didn’t like this one on first viewing. Well, I liked it but it wasn’t all that. On many repeated viewings, though, I’ve become a bigger fan. Wonderful characters (Mater is the best Pixar character ever) and funny cameos from people like Bob Costas. This one has aged well.

    4.) Ratatouille – This is where I had trouble making my list. But I chose Ratatouille because I like the story a lot, and the kitchen animation is stunning. It’s the only time I’ve ever wanted to eat the food right off the screen.

    5.) The Incredibles – By far the most violent of all Pixar movies, which is both good and bad. I chose it over Toy Story because I think it’s a very good action/adventure movie, and the animation is better than Toy Story. That said, there are some slow sections in The Incredibles. I still like it, but don’t need to see it again anytime soon.

    So, now the big question is … where will WALL-E fit into this list after next week?

    If you have any favorite Pixar movies, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!