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In this slender interpretation, Velarde (The Heart of Narnia) mines PixarÖs animated films for truths about virtues such as friendship, courage, imagination, humor, love, and ambition. The book is at its best when he sticks closely to the narrative of such modern classics as Finding Nemo, Up, or Ratatouille, but is less successful when he moralizes or attempts to drive home his points, which unfortunately is much of the time. The book lacks the gee-whiz observations that have made other pop culture explorations so interesting for enthusiasts; although each chapter contains a quick behind-the-scenes sidebar about how a particular Pixar film came into being, on the whole the book doesnÖt offer much content analysis beyond what discerning viewers will have already noticed for themselves. Velarde does pose some interesting questions--can a superheroÖs courage be taught? What is a ChristianÖs proper stance on technology to avoid a polluted Wall-E world? But PixarÖs current corpus of fewer than 17 hours of film feels like a thin foundation for answering them. Each chapter closes with strong discussion questions that will be helpful for church groups, especially youth.
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"A lot of fun to read. Velarde writes in an easy-to-read style and beautifully draws out themes of hope, identity, justice, friendship, humor, family, courage, adventure, and love. . . excellent for a small group, a church, or even a series of family discussions." (Bill Boerman-Cornell, Christian Schools International, Fall 2010)

"Velarde draws sensive conclusions and connections between the Christian life and many Pixar characters and plotlines. The themes of hope and imagination run throughout many of the films. Concice chapters and discussion questions make this book accessible for group studies." (Bonnie Bruner, Christian Retailing)

"Finding Nemo, Cars and Up are a few of the Pixar films into which Robert Velarde delves to find a variety of themes that support Christian values. Though he points out that Pixar doesn't directly tie its films to Christian morals and theology, Velarde draws sensivle conclusions and connections between the Christian life and many Pixar characters and plotlines. Themes such as justice, family, love and technology are explored in depth through the lens of Pixar films as well as through Scriptures and Christian thought." (Charisma, (www.charismamag.com), June 2010)

"With its discussion questions, movie discussion guide, and appendixes on Pixar's plots, this is perfect for Christian discussion groups and should also serve Christian educators very well." (Library Journal, May 1, 2010)

"Robert Velarde has made an interesting and thoughtful contribution to film and philosophy literature. He avoids an overly simplistic analysis without getting bogged down in heavy moral philosophy. Not only will this book help readers gain a deeper understanding of virtue ethics, it will increase their appreciation of one of the best studios in film." (Douglas M. Beaumont, author of The Message Behind the Movie)

"Wow. And here I thought I was just watching cartoons with my kids! I love how Robert takes readers through the beauty, fun, depth and warmth of Pixar films and frames the solid values that run through them. This book is a must-read for parents who love Pixar films as much as their kids--and for those interested in generating some great postfilm family conversations." (Caryn Rivadeneira, author of Mama's Got a Fake I.D. and cofounder of TheMommyRevolution.com)

"Robert Velarde's fascinating book The Wisdom of Pixar reminds us why Jesus engaged the culture of his time through the power of stories. After reading the book I wonder if the next generation of teaching pastors may be filmmakers. Velarde has done a great service by reminding us that virtue indeed matters, perhaps now more than ever." (Phil Cooke, CEO, Cooke Pictures, and author, Branding Faith)

"Thank you, Robert Velarde. Here is the book that needed to be. For years I could not help but notice certain spiritual connections in the amazing Pixar films--haven't you? Robert Velarde has given us a true gift with The Wisdom of Pixar. I highly recommend his book to all film-loving Christians. It is insightful and useful for both individuals and groups." (David Bruce, webmaster, HollywoodJesus.com)

"In this insightful book, Velarde provides a great service to Christian families who love movies. His analysis of Pixar movies in light of their themes of identity, friendship, family, courage, ambition and other values is a great help for those who want a fuller, richer experience from their movie viewing. He helps to draw out important values from Pixar movies that illuminate for the viewer/reader that these movies are much more than family-friendly entertainment; they are modern parables of wisdom and virtue." (Brian Godawa, screenwriter, To End All Wars, and author, Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; First Edition edition (July 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830832971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830832972
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 questions follow every chapter.

Though I have only seen four of the ten movies featured in this book, I benefitted from the chapters about the movies I have not seen. (An appendix contains summaries of "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles," "Cars," "Ratatouille," "WALL-E," and "Up.") With this book you can take your family to see a movie, then talk about the virtues of life!
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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 the Christian life." Movies tell stories, stories present ideas, and Velarde does a great job summarizing the ideas presented in each movie.

First, Velarde begins with a primer on virtue, wisdom, hope, and imagination. Then he presents ten informative chapters, each of them focusing on a different virtue. The ten virtues that he discusses are: 1) identity, 2) justice, 3) friendship, 4) humor, 5) family, 6) courage, 7) adventure, 8) ambition, 9) technology, and 10) love. Velarde accomplishes his goal in a very unique and effective way: he gleans the plot lines of Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc.
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The Wisdom Of Pixar: An Animated Look At Virtue by Robert Velarde is an enlightening book! Who knew an animation company could put out movies that were chock-full of virtue? I have watched many of the Pixar movies with my kids, and enjoyed them immensely. I always thought what good messages they sent. But not until I read this book did I sit down and think, my goodness, yes, these movies teach great lessons! Lesson on: 1) Identity, 2) Justice, 3) Friendship, 4) Humor, 5) Family, 6) Courage, 7) Adventure, 8) Ambition, 9) Technology, and 10) Love. The book is very very well written and easily laid out. I love the discussion questions at the end of each chapter, and the movie-by-movie discussion guide at the end of the book to help aide in a conversation about the movie with your kids. What a lovely book!
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The good stuff: He walks the reader, chapter by chapter, through virtues (hope, justice, friendship, courage, godly ambition, love) and things that can be virtuous (imagination, identity, humor, family, adventure, technology) by using illustrations from Pixar movies and verses from the Bible. He makes a good point (which I hope proves to be wrong, since I'm old school) that we've moved from a culture of "Have you read...?" to one of "Have you seen...?" That's why resources that bridge the gap between what we watch and what God says in the Word are useful tools. And, if you want to find excerpts and related articles, check out the book's website here.

The mediocre stuff: There are some questions at the end of each chapter, but I don't know if I would use them in a discussion group; I would create my own questions from the better content in the chapters themselves. Also, because he writes this for an audience that might not have seen all the movies, he includes a lot of plot details - helpful for someone who hasn't seen the movies and doesn't care about spoilers, not so helpful for someone who hasn't seen them but wants to (though he does warn readers of this in the introduction) and ridiculously redundant for a mom like me who owns and has seen each movie more times than I can count. I wish that there was a more condensed, bullet-pointed version for those of us who don't need to rehash every detail. (And, in case you're not up to speed on all your Pixar, here's the list of movies he uses: A Bug's Life; Cars; Finding Nemo; The Incredibles; Monsters, Inc.; Ratatouille; Toy Story; Toy Story 2; Up; and WALL-E.)

I think I'll probably use this book to spur on some good conversations with the kids when we're watching the movies in the future. 'Cause it'll happen at least a few times.
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