Posts Tagged ‘Pixar’

A Hater’s Guide to the San Francisco Geography of Pixar’s “Inside Out” – Realistic Enough, But a Sort of Generic SF

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Did I say “hater?” Nah, that’s not the case, as Inside Out is a fine film. But as far as far as portraying a realistic San Francisco, it’s no Big Hero Six.

Let’s get the Lloyd Bentsen-style sanctimony out of the way – let me school this new movie:

Inside Out, I served with Big Hero Six.

I knew Big Hero Six.

Big Hero Six was a friend of mine.

Inside Out, you are no Big Hero Six.

(Big Hero 6 is awesome – it’s geographically correct, for the most part. Check it.)

Now we’ll deal with IO’s moving-to-Frisco scenes.

1. Golden Gate Bridge seen from Marin County – This view is all kinds of messed up, IIRC, and I do.

2. Looking up at GGB from its roadbed – Perfect, almost photorealistic.

3. Foot of Market Street near the Ferry Building. – Perfectly fine.

4. 1000 block of Lombard Street – Cars are too small – it’s never that crowded, actually.

5. Red cable car #25 on Hyde Street? – A generic view, but pretty good.

6. 21 Royal Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 – Well, if you’re on the unit (000) block of an alley that goes up a hill and across a regular street to continue on to the 100 block of the very same alley, well, I think we’re out of luck.

Here’s the alley. The telephone pole and blue Recology garbage / recycling can are true-to-life:

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Now here’s the real-life 21 Allen – it’s as close as I can find.

(Let’s not get into driving and parking – the driver does about average, considering he just blew into town.)

So that’s it – Inside Out shows SF well, but it’s not up to the level of other efforts.

(And oh, speaker of haters, they unloaded gallons of Hater-Ade upon poor, poor Cars 2:

The (mostly false) narrative after that was that Pixar got sequel happy and the quality dipped. Cars 2 was as much a passion project for John Lasseter as a merchandising cash cow, and the film did earn $559m worldwide despite lousy reviews and a low (for Pixar) $191m domestic total.”

Cars 2 is awesome, compared with what people say about poor poor Cars 2. Oh well.)

Oh No, Hollywood Attacks SF Once Again: “PIXELS” Coming July 24th – Golden Gate Bridge in Jeopardy, Again – Sandler!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

This PIXELS movie looks absolutely dreadful already:

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I decided that PIXELS will be a horrible movie after seeing this teaser poster and then reading about 14 words into this description:

When aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth using the games as models for their various assaults. President William Cooper (Kevin James) calls upon his childhood best friend, former 1980s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), who is now a home theater installer and had a previous relationship with William’s wife (Jane Krakowski) to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.

So, Pac-Man attacking the GGB + Adam Sandler + 3D + 95% Want To See = HORRIBLE.

Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.

“Pixar Canada?” – They Terk Our Jerbs! – How Hollywood-Style Tax Incentives Didn’t Work for Vancouver, British Columbia

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Here’s Exhibit A how about tax incentives for video productions don’t work:

“Disney was drawn to Vancouver by tax incentives, and this closure comes in the wake of British Columbia incentives falling behind those offered by Ontario and Quebec.”

So three years of Pixar Canada were subsidized by Canadian taxpayers and then everybody’s laid off from Pixar Canada. How could anyone spin this fiasco into some kind of victory? IDK

Without subsidies, you’d expect these Pixar jobs to be in Emeryville (where Pixar is the city’s #1 employer) or Los Angeles.

Anyway, this is all news to me. Perhaps it’s news to you…

Real-Life Carl Fredricksen: This Homeowner on Oak Street Looks Like the Star of Pixar’s “Up” Film

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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A Real-Life Carl Fredricksen: This Homeowner on Oak Street Looks Like the Star of Pixar’s Animated Film “Up”

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Except this guy didn’t fly away using balloons. He stayed put and watched larger buildings go up around him.

Anytown, USA plopped down on busy, busy Oak Street, San Francisco: 

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Know Your Bay Area Curly-Haired Redheads: 1993’s “Quest of the Delta Knights” vs. Disney Pixar’s Brand-New “Brave”

Friday, June 8th, 2012

There isresemblance, non?

Thena from Novato, 1993:

Merida from Emeryville, 2012:

Brave is due for release on June 22, 2012 in North America

The Bald Eagles are Coming, the Bald Eagles are Coming Back to San Francisco! From Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Marin

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Start off here at Bluoz and then you’ll be able to link through to HawkManStan and others.

Here’s the latest, from Santa Clara County:

Via John K at Calaveras Reservoir – click to expand

What can I say but that it’s Bald Eagle Watch time, baby?

Dese boids are coming in from the north and from the south.

When will we have a nesting pair here in San Francisco?

Hey Man, Nice Shot: Pixar Engineer Jiayi Chong’s Photos Show That Bald Eagles Live in San Mateo County – Wow

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Well this is news to me.

Look what’s pooping in our water supply down in Crystal Springs Reservior:

Via Jiayi Chong

I never though these boids would come back to the 415…

Pixar’s Campus in Emeryville is Delightful – Complete With a Giant Luxo Junior You Can See From Space

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Can you see Luxo Jr?

How about now?

From Andyi’s Visit to Pixar:

Via Andyi

Slowly But Surely, San Francisco Loses Its Only Zeppelin to Los Angeles

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Remember back in the day when San Francisco had it’s very own “world-class” airship, the largest in the world? Well, it looks like we’re losing her to Los Angeles and Fun Diego, slowly but surely.

One of our dirigibles/ is missing/ tonight/ from the skies of the bay area.

First the Redwoods, now this. Who lost the Eureka?*

I’ll miss your piggy tail most of all, Eureka. Sure you’ll come back and visit from time to time, but we want you all to ourselves.

Tell us Airship Ventures, tell us what we did wrong! How can we change?

*Feel free to add this to your list of Pointless Inter-City Rivalries. It’s #87 on mine.

“Our New-Look Airship Returns to the Los Angeles Skies

“It’s been a while since Eureka sailed the skies, spending the past four weeks under wraps in Hangar Two for her annual maintenance. During her month-long tune-up, the airship not only got some new parts, she also got a new look. For the second time this year, we are partnering with Farmers Insurance to fly their brand above communities they serve in California– first stop, Los Angeles!

 Join us aboard Eureka March 26 – April 4 for flightseeing SoCal style. Choose to fly along the coast, above L.A. landmarks and Tinseltown icons, or perhaps celebrate spring with an Easter egg hunt from 1000-feet!”

Bye bye Empire, bye bye – after the jump.

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