Ratatouille on critics


I was watching Ratatouille with the kids this morning, when a character gave this quote:

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so…

Sometimes even kids movies have something profound to say.

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6 thoughts on “Ratatouille on critics”

  1. PIXAR has a great story of its own that is perfectly aligned to that quote. Showtime did a documentary on PIXAR founders – Steve Jobs (Macintosh/Apple) lost millions of dollars as an investor/founder for years as the PIXAR found it’s identity. That’s faith!

  2. PIXAR tried being a software/hardware company selling their “PIXAR” animation machines….but no one knew what to do with them at the time. They did the Straw and Orange OJ commercial years ago for Tropicana and stuff like that until they found their legs.

    Funny thing is that John Lasseter (2-D hand animation student of CalArts), Steve Jobs (Apple/Mac) and Dr. Catmull (Math/Computer specialist) combined like the “Wonder Twins” (okay triplets in this case) but didn’t know what to do with this great hardware/software.

    Ironically, J. Lasseter was fired from Disney animation after showing how an early marriage of 2-D and 3-D animation could make cartoons….only to become a partner/powerhouse with Disney again later.

    Their awards record is killer.

    1. I try to keep this in mind when I do this blogging thing. Its far too easy to dig up other peoples work and criticize it than it is to make something original of your own. While there will always be stuff I dont agree with I will always try to balance my criticism with ideas of my own that can be criticized in return.

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