C.S. Lewis once famously observed that, “a children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” Herein lays the kernel of wisdom on which Pixar have built their stunningly successfully empire.
Pixar clearly understand that while the ostensible purpose of children’s stories is to entertain children, the true power lies in making adults feel like children again. And I don’t mean ‘feel as if they have become children again’ but instead to return adults to a simpler, more optimistic world when we used to live in when we viewed our surroundings through the same uncomplicated lens that our children do.
‘Up’ is the latest in Pixar’s industry-dominating series of computer animated children’s films and it is another fine demonstration that with a good idea, simply executed, a small cast can dreams can come true and adults can feel like children again. Read the rest of this entry »