My genuine dislike for Brave — specifically: its dull and poorly-structured plot, lack of imagination, as well as an overriding sense of “coasting” — might not be an issue here. You can thank the gossip for that one; some behind-the-scenes stories on that film, if true, show that Brenda Chapman shouldn’t bear much of the blame in putting a cold mess into theaters and, for yours truly, further sullying the Pixar name. She directed The Prince of Egypt, after all.
Thus, it’s with some confidence I read a report from PixarReport (via /Film), which tell us Chapman has recently left the Mouse House for Lucasfilm, whereat it’s expected she’ll be performing duties as “a consultant” in their animation department. It’s quite the enticing descriptor to be throwing around, particularly when you ladle on some extra mystery; /Film noticed, on Lucasfilm’s website, that their animation team are, in addition to their Star Wars work, “also focusing efforts on feature film animation and other new intellectual properties.” Needless to say, that’s probably what she’ll be focusing on.
I doubt Chapman‘s developing something directly for their two biggest franchises — but even that’s just one outsider’s shot in the dark. Whatever the project is, whatever stems from her hiring, and no matter how long it takes, the process of following this one along should be interesting.
How do you feel about Chapman going to Lucasfilm?
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Today marks the launch of our new recurring column, which dives into the cream of the crop when it comes to this week’s home releases, including Blu-ray and DVD, as well recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best films one can take home. Note that [...]
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After a recent New York screening of František Vláčil‘s Marketa Lazarová, my friend and fellow critic, Vadim Rizov, tweeted the following response: “Sheep God war men snow church blood swords ‘old crone’ justice grass wtf WTF UNCLE.” He certainly wasn’t alone in such a confused response. Lazarová — now out on Blu-ray via Criterion — is [...]
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