Kids and adults alike love Pixar's movies. We come out of the theater not just entertained or amused, but inspired. Everybody agrees: Pixar makes fun, clean, terrific movies. But what makes these movies so appealing is not merely amazing CGI animation, clever humor or fantastic imagination. These movies are not just great. Pixar's movies are good. Robert Velarde unpacks the movies of Pixar and shows how they display the best of classic Christian virtues. Pixar's films resonate with us because of their moral character. Their virtuous themes of hope and courage, friendship and love connect with our deepest human longings. Whether we identify with the plight of a lost fish or the adventures of toys, bugs or cars, Pixar's characters help us build our own character, with the kind of virtue that we want for ourselves and those around us. Insightfully exploring each of Pixar's movies, this book is a friendly companion for fans, parents and church leaders. Discover how the imagination of Pixar can awaken in you a Christian vision for a moral life and a better society.
Great companion book to Pixar movies
By Monica C. Sharman - June 28, 2010
Where can you find Buzz Lightyear, C.S. Lewis, Elastigirl of "The Incredibles," Augustine and Aquinas and Aurelius, all in the same book?
In this same book you will also find discussions on friendship, imagination, "virtue ethics," eudaemonism (don't worry, it's defined), theology, ancient philosophy, the importance of family and marriage, and lessons from "Ratatouille" on why ambiiton is a virtue---plus film summaries on ten Pixar films and fascinating sidebars on Pixar facts and history (do you know what a "bug-cam" is, and how and why the creators of "A Bug's Life" used it?).
Robert Velarde's latest book (released just a week before the opening of "Toy Story 3"!) is a delightful read for adults, children, students, friends and families who have already enjoyed the wonder and fun of Pixar films. What can Buzz Lightyear and Woody teach us about Identity, Flik the ant in "A Bug's Life" about Justice, "The Incredibles" about Family and Courage? Discussion... read more
A Wise Read
By Patti Chadwick "Patti Chadwick" - June 29, 2010
This book you will not only learn about the accomplishments of Pixar as a film company, but about their corporate heart. The author analyses ten popular Pixar films and shares with us teachable virtues within them. The format is easy to follow and it has lots of tools such as discussion questions, a movie discussion guide, as well as the section on Pixar plots. It is well-written and an enjoyable read for anyone who has enjoyed Pixar films, whether young or old. This is a good resource for individuals and church leaders.
Combining Pixar movies, morality, philosophy, the Bible, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit between two covers!
By A.G. - August 5, 2010
Where can you find Plato, Buzz Lightyear, Thomas Aquinas, Woody, Jesus Christ, WALL-E, C.S. Lewis, Mike Wazowski, Aristotle, Nemo, Augustine, Mr. Potato Head, and others all in the same place? Look no further than Robert Velarde's new book, The Wisdom of Pixar: An Animated Look at Virtue.
Many people love Pixar films. They display great CGI animation, clever humor, and wonderful stories. Velarde states that Pixar films also "offer hope, imagination, beauty, and a degree of purity and innocence that is countercultural in our age." Despite these great benefits, Velarde argues that there is an even greater aspect to each film: the display of Christian virtue.
Velarde states up front that his book "does not seek to turn Pixar films into Christian parables, or even to suggest that Pixar's films are somehow secretly Christian," but that, "The Wisdom of Pixar explores the content of Pixar's films primarily as they relate to virtue and applies the insights practically to... read more
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