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  • Top 5 Edited Belly of the Whale Moments in a Pixar

    Top 5 Edited Belly of the Whale Moments in a Pixar

    July 14, 2010, 1:54 pm
    As storytellers we have to be aware of the different types of story structure, and each part of every type of story. One part that all types have in common is called the "Belly of the Whale," or the part in which the main character(s) hit the lowest low in the situation at hand. This part marks the turning point in the main character’s development, and therefore it’s important that the way that it is told is exceptionally strong. One company that seems to consistently nail it by making the Belly of the Whale unique, touching, and still able to have a little bit of humour in it, is Pixar (my dream employer).

    Top 5 Edited Belly of the Whale Moments in a Pixar Feature

    5. Toy Story
    (1995) "Buzz is NOT a space ranger ?"
    When Buzz and Woody are trapped in the troublemaker neighbour kid’s room talking about the point of being a toy, it’s a surreal experience. I remember when I was a little girl, I would have no trouble talking to my toys (and quite frankly, there’s not much difference today either), but Pixar made it real with their first feature film. There are two odd cuts that I found a little jarring, but otherwise it’s a solid scene with good traditional frame matching.
    Top 5 Edited Belly of the Whale Moments in a Pixar
    4. Finding Nemo (2003) "...the Belly of the Whale"
    Ok, they took this scene more literally than even Pinocchio does. Nemo’s dad is certainly at (what he thinks is) rock bottom and the situation helps him to come to a self-realization. This scene works even better because of great editing— both the montage and the frame matching are spot on, and the viewer is never taken out of the moment.
    Top 5 Edited Belly of the Whale Moments in a Pixar
    3. Up (2009) "We made it to Paradise Falls... but it sure is lonely"
    Here Pixar really has shown its mastery over image and montage— from a theory perspective it’s great and the scene is made even more powerful by the sheer imagery and colour that it portrays. It’s beautiful to look at and the takes (if you can call them that) are extremely effective.
    Top 5 Edited Belly of the Whale Moments in a Pixar
    2. Monsters, Inc (2001) "Banishment"
    This montage is one of the strongest they’ve done. You can draw lines as to how the eye moves across the screen. ...and who can argue with a Yeti offering lemon-flavoured sno-cones?
    Top 5 Edited Belly of the Whale Moments in a Pixar
    1. Toy Story 3 (2010) "The incinerator is near"
    I confess, I was totally bawling at this point in the film. I don’t think any 3D animated film of this calibre has ever gotten this intense (and heartwrenching! These toys were accepting their impending doom). The montage, frame matching, and pacing was impeccable— and like the true Pixar way, the tension releases with a well timed bit of humour. (Sorry no picture! You’ll just have to the theatre)
    PS: I'm always on the lookout for new topic ideas, so if there's something that you want me to Top 5 then I want to hear it! Shoot me an email, leave a comment, or twitter me! :D

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      Top 5 Back to the Future Scenes

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