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Postby Leon K Fox » Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:02 pm

lizardgirl wrote:Of course I'm biased, but I would enjoy watching a Pixar film set in England. :lol: And, as Princess_Darkness said, not in a sort of stereotypical way- there should be no (or little) tea drinking, crumpet eating or beer swilling activities in the movie. The queen's allowed to be in it, though. And a few beefeaters, too. And some fish and chips. I like fish and chips.

This, This, THIS!!!

Seriously, I would love to see Pixar set a film in England in a professional and respectable manner, so so much :)
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Postby thedriveintheatre » Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:19 pm

I believe Cars 2 will have some scenes set in England, and there will be a British secret agent who will rope Mater into some of his adventures. ;)

I would really love for Pixar to expand their borders beyond Euro/Americana-cultures and try something Latino or Eastern flavoured. We've got USA, USA (cos' of the caravan where the bug metropolis is and the various flora), USA, Brooklyn-inspired fictional city, Australia, USA, alternate-reality USA with a capital A, France, unknown USA city and outer-space, USA and Peru, and USA.

Most of their films are set in Western societies (even Wall-E's space opera had distinctly-sounding American passengers on the Axiom), and while I'm thrilled they're gonna attempt an international world trip and a Scottish fairy tale next, it would be nice if they looked at Africa, Aboriginal Australia or anywhere in Asia.

Two of my favourite animated films this year are set in alternate worlds, but with a distinctly Scandinavian and Australian outback landscape respectively. We've already got two animated films set in Latin America from rival studios next year ([spoil]Rio and Rango[/spoil])... if any Western studio can push the envelope for truly global storytelling, it's gotta be up to Pixar.
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Postby Leon K Fox » Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:24 pm

thedriveintheatre wrote:I believe Cars 2 will have some scenes set in England, and there will be a British secret agent who will rope Mater into some of his adventures. ;)

A British Secret Agent? Oh god, this had better not be as stereotypical as I'm expecting it to be, but I'll not let this steer off topic.

Still, will be interesting to see how Pixar handle it anyway, even if I'm not very excited about the film, admittedly.

Would be kind of cool to see an entire film set here though, I think.
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Postby thedriveintheatre » Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:24 am

I was diurnally pontificating on my way to school about the cultural diversities and settings in Pixar and other animated studios, and I realized Pixar, for all its courageous and bold plots, is suprisingly Western-centric.*

*Where the setting is not explicitly stated or does not exist on Earth, I draw the closest cultural match which inspired the fictional location.

Pixar
USA
USA (cos' of the caravan where the bug metropolis is and the various flora)
USA
USA-inspired fictional world
Australia
USA
USA-inspired fictional world
France
Unknown USA city and outer-space
USA and Peru
USA

Dreamworks
Unknown, though judging from the chequered picnic cloth, possibly Western
Egypt
South America
European-inspired fictional world
USA
Middle-Eastern-inspired fictional world
European-inspired fictional world
USA-inspired alternate reality
USA and Madagscar
USA
European-inspired fictional world
USA
China
African continent
USA
Scandinavian-inspired fictional world
European-inspired fictional world

Aardman
UK
UK
UK

Blue Sky
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Brazil (upcoming)

Studio Ghibli (From 2001 onwards)
Japanese-inspired fictional world
Japanese-inspired fictional world
European-inspired fictional world
European-inspired fictional world
Japan
Japan (upcoming)

Animal Logic
Antarctica
Australian-inspired fictional world
Antarctica (upcoming)

Pixar is probably gonna get a lot of stamps on its passport for the Cars World Tour next year, but it really needs to explore other cultures as well.
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Postby ellie-jessie-eve » Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:33 pm

thedriveintheatre wrote:USA and Peru


Venezuela actually.

Wow, I never realized how diversed the settings of Dreamworks films are!
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Postby IncredigirlVirginia » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:57 am

I feel sick. :(
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Postby ellie-jessie-eve » Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:20 am

IncredigirlVirginia wrote:I feel sick. :(


Why?
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Postby thedriveintheatre » Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:27 am

Venezuela actually.

Derp, I fail at Geography. :)

Actually, even though Up was set in Venezuela, there was little about the local culture (though it would be kind of cheesy if Carl and Russell were to be chased by the indigenous natives). So really, Finding Nemo and Ratatouille are the only 'foreign cultures' that Pixar has touched on (which are Euro/Anglo-centric to begin with), though that will soon change with Cars 2 and Brave next year. Cars had a very diverse cast of characters, but it had an Americana-focus to it, and Tokyo Mater remains the only Eastern example I can think of that Pixar pulled off with panache and style.

Dreamworks has covered Middle Eastern cultures in two films, South American in one (ancient Aztecs), Africa in two (although in a very simplistic manner), China in one and its upcoming sequel (very respectfully with a little tongue-in-cheek humour, I might add), and Scandinavian in one. Animal Logic has only covered Australian mythology in one, since the Inuits weren't mentioned in Happy Feet (and the penguins had a surprising knowledge of American pop songs).

That's why I'm very eager for animation startups to bring their own brand of culture to the mostly American/British-dominated playing field. Even better if Pixar or any of the big-leagues take the initiative and lead by example.
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Postby IncredigirlVirginia » Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:32 am

I just can't believe DW has that many back drops, and....Pixar doesn't....
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Postby ellie-jessie-eve » Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:00 pm

IncredigirlVirginia wrote:I just can't believe DW has that many back drops, and....Pixar doesn't....


Backdrops doesn't make a movie better than another.
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Postby Chuckles » Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:24 pm

Living in Italy, I feel fully satisfied. What with Cars referencing the country numerous times. I feel honored, and with Cars 2, there's a high chance we'll be visiting the country with Guido and Luigi. Hurray!
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Postby IncredigirlVirginia » Thu Oct 14, 2010 1:36 pm

That's a good point, ellie-jessie-eve. I just hate the thought that DW has done anything better than Pixar,,,,anything... :shock:
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Postby thedriveintheatre » Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:05 pm

I just hate the thought that DW has done anything better than Pixar,,,,anything...

Why do you say that?
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Postby IncredigirlVirginia » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:44 pm

Because I want Pixar to be the "best"at everything, in my mind. :(
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Postby thedriveintheatre » Sat Oct 16, 2010 3:06 pm

That's an interesting opinion, and you're entitled to that. I believe that it would be really really cool if Pixar was the 'best' at everything, but that it's not bad or anything if they weren't No. 1 from time to time, as long as they keep making good movies.
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