Wisdom of Pixar
by Robert Velarde
Intervarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515-1426, pb, pp. 174, ISBN 978-0-8308-3297-2. 2010. $15.00.
Author Robert Velarde (The Heart of Narnia and Inside The Screwtape Letters) has written an “unauthorized & unofficial book” about Pixar. When you see that name, animated films immediately come to mind such as Up,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “A Bug’s Life, and the “Toy Story series. The films are animated in great detail and meant for family entertainment.
Velarde has taken ten Pixar films and gone into the inspirational aspect of the storyline. Each chapter details one film, beginning with a synopsis of the story, and then going into a main point of that film. For example, love in Up has the love of crusty Carl for his deceased wife, Ellie. Finding Nemo has the love of father and son (fish and fish in this case), and Wall-E has the attraction of two robots, Wall-E and Eve, who discover love by watching an old movie. Friendship is explored in the Toy Story films, with the friendship between Buzz Lightyear and Woody with the pronouncement only a friend could make to another friend, "You are only a toy!". Ambition is shown by Ratatouille with the rat who wants to be a chef.
At the end of each chapter are discussion questions and the end of the book has a Movie Guide with questions. The Wisdom of Pixar is also designed to be a movie discussion guide of Pixar’s animated films. This is readable text with an occasional Biblical reference, such as in the chapter of Humor with Psalm 2:4 and “He who sits in the heavens laughs.”
All in all, The Wisdom of Pixar shows family entertainment with human values presented through various characters---animals, fish, insects---for the audience to grasp. It may not seem apparent at first, but the longing of a father fish for his son is a human longing, too, though presented on the large screen in animation. This book will aid in watching films and discussing them, for families or school.
Reviewed by Marie Asner
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The Kansas International Film Festival (KIFF) is celebrating its 10th year. October 1-7, 2010 are the dates of the Festival and the location remains the same, the Glenwood Arts Theater Complex at 95th and Metcalf., Overland Park, Kansas, a western suburb of the greater Kansas City area. 55 films will be shown. The Kansas International Film Festival is one of 25 Film Festivals in the United States worth the entry fee as written by Jennifer M. Wood in the May 2010 issue of Movie Maker Magazine.
KIFF is located online at www.KansasFilm.com
with information on ticket pricing, movie descriptions and show times. 2010 film list includes the debut of the "Millennium Trilogy Documentary" about the late author Steig Larsson and later a showing of "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest." Other films to be shown during the film festival include "Mesrine: Killer Instinct," "Jack Goes Boating," the documentary "Kansas City Murder Factory," "Conviction" starring Hilary Swank" and the documentaries, "Everyday Sunshine: Story of Fishbone, "Sounds of Beirut" and "Murder By Proxy: How America Went Postal."
For more information go to www.KansasFilm.com
or phone 1-913-642-4404.