Must Watch: Video Examines Brad Bird's Style of Animated Storytelling

November 2, 2016
Source: Vimeo

Brad Bird on Animation

"We want tons of good ideas! And we've got, you know, 80 minutes here to knock everybody out." This is a fantastic new video essay examining the animated movies and storytelling techniques of filmmaker Brad Bird, who is currently working on making The Incredibles 2 at Pixar. Created by veteran editor Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr. (who retired in 2012, but is seemingly back now with more work) the video features audio clips of Brad Bird discussing his ideas and mentality, spliced with clips from his movies showing exactly what he's talking about. The opening quote is from the documentary about the making of The Iron Giant, released on the new Blu-ray this year. I've watched this video at least 5 times already, it's that good. Enjoy.

Description from Vimeo: "Brad Bird, writer and director of animated films The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, gives an insight into his writing process, how he directs animation and why many people fundamentally misunderstand the medium. Subtitles available." This video was edited by the very talented Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr., a movie lover and editor we've been featuring for years and years - mainly his retrospectives and year-in-review videos. This video combines excerpts from the three audio commentary tracks on home releases of The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, as well as fragments from the behind-the-scenes documentaries. For more videos by Kees, check out his Vimeo. How great is this video?

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Bird is a great

TheOct8pus on Nov 2, 2016


Bird is a treasure for all ages.

DAVIDPD on Nov 2, 2016


I like Bird but I guess I don't put him a pedestal quite that high. But for me that mainly stems from my feeling that Ratatouille is vastly overrated. I like The Incredibles, wouldn't say I love it, but definitely a good movie. But while Ratatouille visually looks good, that has to be one of the least inspiring stories in a Pixar flick. Not sure I how I get behind a rat, talking to a dead French chef, and his quest to be ultra picky about what he eats Toy Story, Bug's Life, Cars, Nemo, Monsters Inc. all have characters you root for. Neither Remy or Linguini stir up a lot of emotion in me. But it's just that movie. I like everything else Bird has does. And I know this is about animation but Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was sweet too.

LightningB on Nov 2, 2016


The Iron Giant hit me at exactly the right age and left an indelible mark. My personal #1 animated film. The Incredibles isn't half bad either

T. Hakeem on Nov 15, 2016

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