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Ratatouille Reviews Start Squeaking In

17 Jun

Hungry for reviews by people who’ve seen the Ratatouille sneak previews? Ain’t It Cool News has got you covered.

This is a slightly different kind of film for Pixar. In fact, it’s unlike any American animated film we’ve seen in quite a few years. With its relatively relaxed tone (for a cartoon) and lack of wacky, wise-crackin’ sidekicks, this one is miles away from the hellzapoppin’ hijinks of the SHREK films and their various rip-offs. This is not to say it’s not funny. There’s a set piece involving a character being used as a sleepwalking marionette that will remind some of the classic Goofy films, and there’s a moment where one character’s *very* last-second decision not to pepper-spray another got the biggest laugh I’ve heard in ages.

Director Brad Bird’s visual inspiration seems to be vintage Disney fare like LADY AND THE TRAMP. They’ve set a new standard for using computer animation to achieve a marvelously warm, hand-made quality, and I thought more than once during the film that I wish they gave Cinematography Oscars to cartoons. It gives us a Paris that’s modern, yet dreamlike.

A Gift for Mary Poppins: The Umbrella Photo Browser

25 Sep

Check out this new invention, from Keio Media Design OKUDE Laboratory: the Pileus Umbrella, which will make rainy days fun by both capturing and displaying photos and videos, and connecting to services such a YouTube or Flickr to share more.

Pileus Umbrella sketch, from OKUDE Labs

The Pileus Umbrella web page shows a prototype, including some images taken by the umbrella.

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