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The Wisdom of Pixar: An Animated Look at Virtue Paperback – July 2, 2010
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"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)
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book based on the title alone (I know, bad idea) because I am writing my Master's thesis on Pixar. Read morePublished on February 23, 2011 by Tulip
Robert Velarde's book is a fantastic read for Christians, but you don't have to be Christian or even religious to enjoy reading the book. Read morePublished on February 8, 2011 by Derrick Clements
I've seen most of Pixar's films and think they'll stand the test of time, not just as animated films, but as examples of great storytelling. Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by D. Bradley