Pixar, move over.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (directed by Wes Anderson, based on a Roald Dahl book) looks like it’s going to be a great movie. I’m even more interested after reading this article in the LA Times about Anderson’s directing technique and how he pushed the animators to have an extremely detailed, non-technological look to the film.

Even if that meant bucking conventional animation wisdom by avoiding the modern technology that pervades the genre these days.

“It’s not the most pleasant thing to force somebody to do it the way they don’t want to do it,” Anderson said. “In Tristan’s case, what I was telling him was, ‘You can’t use the techniques that you’ve learned to use. I’m going to make your life more difficult by demanding a certain approach.’

“The simple reality is,” Anderson continued, “the movie would not be the way I wanted it if I just did it the way people were accustomed to doing it. I realized this is an opportunity to do something nobody’s ever seen before. I want to see it. I don’t want afterward to say, ‘I could have gone further with this.’ “

(HT: Kottke)

Google is everywhere!

It’s amazing how much coverage Google now has with their Google Maps street view feature. If I can find the house I grew up in from a town of 8,000 in east Texas, what ISN’T covered?


Two more thoughts:

1. Wow, those trees have gotten huge!

2. I’m pretty sure we had some nice bushes out front. The new owners must have gone with a “simpler, more streamlined” look.