Pixels, Dancing

BlissThe lovely and talented folks at The House Next Door have been hosting a very engaging series of back-and-forths all week on the subject of Pixar, and the specific levels of its wonderfulness — including Colin Low’s love letter to “Toy Story 2” and “The Incredibles”, Stephen Russell-Gebbett’s frustrating contention that Pixar’s digital artistry pales next to the hand-drawn magic of Studio Ghibli, and Tom Elrod’s intriguing defense of “Cars”, a work I’d call Pixar’s only true failure of concept.

It reached a zenith with yesterday’s excellent conversation between Jason Bellamy and Ed Howard on the studio’s strengths, weaknesses and (arguable) blind spots. You’d be crazy to miss out — though I should warn you that spoilers abound, so if you haven’t seen “The Incredibles”, “Ratatouille” or “WALL-E”, you should really watch them before reading.

Actually, wait a second. If you haven’t seen “The Incredibles”, “Ratatouille” or “WALL-E”, what the hell are you doing reading this? You’ve got some work to do, pal.