Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Even More Of What The Docter Ordered...


Bill Desowitz, over at Animation World Magazine has an interesting interview with "Up" director Pete Docter.

Seems Pete's been doing the rounds lately...

5 comments:

Kevbot said...

Not really related to this post, but I wanted to know if you were going to discuss Wall-E going past 200 million this past weekend, and how people aren't calling it a failure (as they were with The Incredibles and Ratatouille, even though they ended up making more)? I'm VERY eager to hear your thoughts on all this.

Anonymous said...

At what week did “Alvin and the Chimpmunks” pass the $200 million mark? It’s been a pretty good indication of how well a “family film” will finish after the dust has settled. It looks like “Panda” has unfortunately dusted everybody. What’s happening to the Pixar market place…? Maybe we need to kiss the good ‘ol days of being the “top dogs” as far as box office…especially with the newer original “adult” fare. Blasted kids! Garrett

Anonymous said...

Actually based of tracking Wall-E will still end up making between 210-220 domestically still lower than cars and but higher than Rattouille, Once boxofficemojo.com begins posting international numbers again in mid August we will know how it did internationally it has a staggered released date so some of its profits wont be known for a while I still expect to bring 450 between international and domestic

Anonymous said...

I agree WALL-E won't do better than Ratatouille outside the US which made almost $415 million in foreign box. Boxofficeguru has WALL-E @ $95 million international by Aug 5. Australia and Japan get WALL-E in Sept (Aus) and Dec (Japan) which should help. But I don't see it doing $320 million.

Kevin S. Willis said...

Wall*E is going to perform fine at the box office, probably in line with Kung Fu Panda's overall box office . . . because both are excellent films. I was really pleased to see a film like Kung Fu Panda, which shows another studio can make a successful film without going overboard with the pop-culture references, ala Shrek.

As far as Pixar's future box office, Pixar has franchises. Cars 2 will almost certainly outperform Cars, and Toy Story 3 is almost guaranteed to tear it up at the box office, no matter what. And I'm positive that an Incredibles 2, were it ever to be made, would outperform (adjusted for inflation) Incredibles, given the number of fans that movie has generated from DVD, rentals, pay-per-view, cable and now several showings on the Disney Channel.

For most of their untested properties, they'll just have to satisfy themselves with a worldwide box office of around $400 million, plus DVD sales, merchandising, comic books, video games, etc., etc.

The real unknowns for Pixar/Disney right now are how the traditional 2D animation (I was underwhelmed by the Frog & the Princess teaser) and live action, ala 1906, will perform in the modern marketplace. But I have a lot of faith in Lasseter and, in regards to 1906, I am super-confident in Bird, and I'll go see anyting he does . . . as long as he doesn't go all wonky on me, like M. Night Shyamalan did. Even then, I gave M. Night like 3 films to completely disappoint me before I gave up on him entirely.