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Which film represented the biggest creative Risk?

Toy Story 1, proving the viability of computer animation.
4 (18.2%)
A Bug's Life, pushing the limits of what TS1 was able to do.
0 (0%)
Toy Story 2, attempting to match the critical success of TS1
0 (0%)
Monsters Inc., handing the Studio's growing reputation to an unproven director
0 (0%)
Finding Nemo, moving to Summer blockbuster season with another unproven director
1 (4.5%)
The Incredibles, similar action-focused animated films weren't succeeding
0 (0%)
Cars, their most fantastical world to date
0 (0%)
Ratatouille, surprisingly adult and the original director fired
0 (0%)
Wall-E, most wordless opening third
9 (40.9%)
Up, emotionally rough and not as easily translatable into marketable toys
2 (9.1%)
Toy Story 3, hold up to the high regard of the prior two films
6 (27.3%)

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The Elite Eleven - Pixar's Biggest Creative Risk
« on: June 19, 2014, 01:38:16 AM »
There are certainly other reasons why certain films are creative risks. Feel free to list them with your explanation of your vote.

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Re: The Elite Eleven - Pixar's Biggest Creative Risk
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2014, 03:37:24 AM »
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This is so 1SO.

And I mean that in a loving way. :)

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Re: The Elite Eleven - Pixar's Biggest Creative Risk
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2014, 10:30:28 AM »
I don't think Pixar has ever taken a significant "creative risk".  But I'll go with Wall-E.

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Re: The Elite Eleven - Pixar's Biggest Creative Risk
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2014, 10:51:43 AM »
By my definition, the greatest risks are the ones where you stand to lose the most. You could make a case that any of these were gambles of some extent, but putting the reputation of the Toy Story name (the property that built the studio) on the line definitely ups the stakes.

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Re: The Elite Eleven - Pixar's Biggest Creative Risk
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2014, 12:43:52 AM »
Maybe it's because I felt the second peak of Pixar's career is Ratatouille, then a steady decline after in which it hit rock bottom with Cars 2 as to why I don't see TS3 as much of a risk. It does feel, at times, to be a cheap money grab and there are scenes where the screenplay feels awkward, forced, and manipulative. It's a B to me, nothing more, nothing less. I still don't see where the creative risks are in the story, which is something I value more than the mere fact of it existing. Ratatouille and Wall-E are stories that are completely out there (Barnaby). Even though I am not a big fan of the film, there's an audacity to Wall-E to be a silent protagonist and that nearly wordless first half is something we'll likely never see again from a big production studio, despite being successful. But Toy Story 4? All but confirmed.

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Re: The Elite Eleven - Pixar's Biggest Creative Risk
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2014, 08:24:11 AM »
But Toy Story 4? All but confirmed.

There's where our difference of opinion lies. The Toy Story characters will live on in short films and specials like Toy Story of Terror, but I don't believe they will make a 4th film.

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Re: The Elite Eleven - Pixar's Biggest Creative Risk
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2014, 10:56:49 AM »
I don't think Pixar has ever taken a significant "creative risk".  But I'll go with Wall-E.

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Re: The Elite Eleven - Pixar's Biggest Creative Risk
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2014, 11:34:02 PM »
But Toy Story 4? All but confirmed.

There's where our difference of opinion lies. The Toy Story characters will live on in short films and specials like Toy Story of Terror, but I don't believe they will make a 4th film.

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Re: The Elite Eleven - Pixar's Biggest Creative Risk
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2014, 12:33:42 AM »
I still don't believe it.

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Re: The Elite Eleven - Pixar's Biggest Creative Risk
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2015, 06:16:28 AM »
The wordless opening of Wall-E.

Toy Story 1: There was only financial risk in the creation of Toy Story, even though Pixar had garnered some name for itself with its short films, going to a feature was not a creative risk.