December 27, 2006 Cars Movie – From Pixar with Love
I’m just glad that the old white beard brought Pixar‘s Cars movie to my kids. It has actually become a Christmas tradition in our family to watch the latest Pixar film after all the gifts have been unwrapped.
Pixar films have always been technically at the forefront. Still, it was a surprise to see Cars’ attention to detail and how far rendering has been developed. I dare to say that photorealism has been reached. My eyes do not distinguish a rendered image from a photo anymore. Be amazed as the cars run across a forest, splashing water around. To complement the rendering engine, physics have been modeled with detail, naturally.
In Cars, Pixar does not save on anything; the work they put into one minute amounts to a half an hour of a Shrek production. IMO. They love what they do and it shows.
It is interesting to see where the intricately detailed 3D models will end up now that Pixar is covered with Disney dust – will there be a TV series?
One theme that Pixar has largely skipped in my opinion is: space. Apart from Buzz Lightyear, there are no signs of space in Pixar movies. No intergalactic battles, no funny aliens, no massive spaceships, no planets with weird plants.
Well, maybe they want to keep their movies warm and down-to-earth.