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Wednesday, April 28th, 2004

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10:04p
If I didn't have you

The middle of a Disney Channel showing of Monsters, Inc is a great time for a gecko to run across the keyboard. Geckos aren't rare here; there's several in my apartment at any time, ranging from the size of a coin (this one was) to a couple inches long. I hope he liked the movie. Also I noticed Boo has a Nemo squeak toy. It's late in the film, in the scene where she's being finally put back in her bedroom; she gives Sully a bunch of toys, one of them a squeaky clownfish.

A Usenet argument asserted it was foolish to claim there was a ``Pixar style'' movie; I disagree. Each of their big feature releases has been different, but they've shared important elements. The biggest one, I think, is staring at something one daydreams about -- the secret lives of toys, the insect world, the scary things in the closet, what's in the ocean -- and blowing it up both in scale and in detail. Granted none of these themes has gone unexplored before, but they were combined with stories about terrible fears -- typically being abandoned, sometimes being helpless, often both -- which, done well, gives them that compelling feel. Even done poorly they jab at you.

Perhaps by coincidence, or perhaps having recognized it's emotionally similar, they've run Dumbo several times recently. That's a pretty near perfect, if startlingly brief, movie. It surprised me that the magic feather appears in the movie very late. It's not until about the last ten minutes that it's given to Dumbo, and it's lost in the next scene. But then I was also surprised a few months ago to see that in Superman: The Movie after going back in time and all Superman doesn't bother preventing the earthquake; he just rescues Lois Lane from it. I wonder how movies compare to what people remember about them.

Trivia: English King George III favored simple suppers, often just soup, meat (often mutton), vegetables, and pudding. He reserved roast beef for Sundays. Source: George III: A Personal History, Christopher Hibbert.

Currently Reading: The Second World War, John Keegan.

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