Pixar/Disney finally dumped John Lassiter over his profoundly offensive behaviour. As consumers, we still pay part of our ticket for his buyout, but get the benefit of the second story team, previously suppressed by his understanding of story mechanics.
Some of these are great. I liked the risk in ‘Lightyear’. But the front office seems to be encouraging stories from the writer/director’s pasts — especially if they have an ethnic flavour. So we get this and “Red” in the same year. Both are formulaic in precisely the ways we expect Pixar to avoid.
Audrey Hepburn in ‘Roman Holiday’ on a Vespa is the clear pattern, but transformed into a manic pixie dream girl. Would Lassiter have killed this second rater?
Posted in 2022
Ted’s Evaluation — 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.