Kids movies

Does Pixar still make children’s films?

A new Pixar movie has been released, which means several things: incredible visuals, clever but fun storylines, the arrival of a likely winner for Best Animated Feature. But over the past decade, the release of a new Pixar movie has also sparked deep discussions about death, the afterlife, and human emotion. Movies like At the top, coconut, and Upside down have fought loss and depression, and have done so expertly, but when do films that have always been great for kids and parents become more for parents and less for kids? Remember when the plot of a Pixar movie was “cars, but they can talk” or “a rat, but he can talk and cook French? “

As Pixar makes its most existential leap with Soul– a movie about a man who falls into a coma and then goes to a hypothetical plane where he discovers the meaning of life – maybe it’s worth asking who the movie is for. So The ring rounded several Alarm parents, asked them to watch the film with their children, and then asked a series of questions. Do children even follow this apparent children’s film? East Soul a movie made exclusively for adults? And why does Pixar keep insisting on making parents cry?

1. Question 1: How much did your children want to see Soul?

Katie baker: They had no knowledge of Soul other than being (rightly) disappointed with his Happy Meal promotional toys. In general, I always prefer my kids to sit down and watch something long enough for a while rather than being sucked into the post-show vortex after the show has automatically loaded. Which leads to scenarios in which I essentially find myself shouting to my beautiful boys: “THIS IS THE LAST TIME I SAID IT: IT’S A MOVIE OR NOTHING!” Suffice to say that when I told them we were going to watch it, their only response was to ask, eagerly, if it was a show.

Rob harvilla: Not that bad! Dad convinced them. Much more enthusiasm for The Lego Star Wars holiday special; much more enthusiasm for Phineas and Ferb the movie: Candace against the universe; much more enthusiasm to fuck Scoob!

Jason gallagher: My son doesn’t seem very excited about the movie. Turns out 6-year-olds don’t fully understand the value of a studio apartment with a solid reputation among emotional parents.

2. Soul is a pretty existential film, to say the least.

Gallagher: On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate it like a 2. I was rightfully tempted to lie and say that my kid is super intuitive and understood the depths of this movie. But it is not. His favorite part was “when this guy was a cat”. Soul went right overhead.

Baker: Early on, when Joe Gardner first found himself on the conveyor belt to the afterlife, my youngest son announced, “A river! Then my oldest said ominously, “It’s not a river, Malcolm.” I was getting ready for a long afternoon trying to explain the mysteries of the universe, but they kind of rolled with everything after that.

Harvilla: Most of the initial confusion was whether someone could play the piano as well in real life, so we haven’t touched on some of the deeper philosophical aspects, no, sorry. I need to play more jazz to these kids.

3. What is the deepest question your child has asked you after watching Soul?

Gallagher: Can I have more ice?

Harvilla: “What is a personality? (Dad, almost: “That’s what makes some people stupid.”)

Baker: “Why are they eating the pizza and just pooping it on their butt?” “

4. What did your child think was the funniest part of Soul?

Baker: When they ate the pizza and pooped it on their buttocks. It really killed. But when I later asked them what the funniest part was, my 5 year old just said, “When Soul turned into a cat.” (And as always, my 2 year old then repeated this verbatim, just at a much higher decibel level and pulverized it instead of saying it.)

Harvilla: It wasn’t a LOL deal – we watched the first one Croods movie recently and which had a much bigger reaction – but they were somewhat amused by both the unborn souls chanting “hell, hell, hell, hell” (unsophisticated) and the lonely cat climbing the stairs to the Great Beyond (more sophisticated).

Gallagher: As I said: from afar the talking cat.

5. In your opinion, what was the funniest part?

Harvilla: Yeah, probably the cat on the stairs (even more sophisticated when I like it).

Gallagher: The Knicks joke was perfect.

Baker: There was certainly a lot of flattery both for my sense of humor and my tortured past with these jokes about the Knicks and the Soulless Brother of Wall Street, but for some reason it was the delivery of the lady. of “the therapy cat works!” »It really made me feel good. Oh, and also the faces of the graduates of the “Aloof” personality school.

(Side note: When the god-narc was looking through the filing cabinets trying to balance the soul count, I couldn’t shake the same vibe I did when Mark Zuckerberg made FaceMash in Social network. Then I looked up Soul on IMDb and I learned why: music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross !!! It’s not funny ha-ha, but it did lead to a “Well, I’m gonna be damned!” Laughter, a totally underrated kind of laughter.)

6. Since At the top released in 2009, many Pixar movies have explicitly dealt with death and the afterlife, is that too much? Is this a good thing? Or doesn’t it even register like that?

Harvilla: At the top and coconut were much more intense and emotional for children and adults – I don’t think any aspect of Soul never fully registered as capital D Death, per se. Plus, Joe seemed so miserable on Earth (and had so little connection to other people) that D-capital Death didn’t even seem like his worst outcome. I guess that makes it a less effective movie, but given that Upside down almost killed me, “less effective at being sad” is cool to me.

Gallagher: I personally found Soul be a beautiful movie. Absolutely loved it. But there were times when I legitimately wondered if this movie was for kids. Upside down is probably the closest comparison, but even that movie had enough playful elements to make it a children’s movie. It is above all a film about a child! Soul, however, is about a grown man going through an existential crisis. While I liked and enjoyed it, it made the movie a lot less appealing to my kid, and I’m afraid he doesn’t care much about the movie until he’s a lot older.

Baker: It’s really a lot – I love, I love, I love coconut and yet I must give myself time to recuperate between views. Same Upside down, which is not “about” mortality in the same way as coconut Where At the top Where Soul are, is basically about the death of childhood innocence (buh-bye, Bing Bong). But in the same way that I really used Upside down to help explain my children’s (and mine) emotions to them, I guess at some point I might find myself doing something similar with some of Pixar’s other melancholy offerings. And honestly, so many children’s films (Bambi, Frozen, The earth before time) has already used death as an important plot point but left unaddressed that it seems much healthier to build stories around messages of celebration, appreciation, and legacy. And now I’m going back to my regular crying.