I guess I’ll have to stand by my long-term assessment that Pixar can do no wrong. I’ll be honest, though; the latest idea to come from the Lasseter-led animation house does little to get my blood pumping.
During a London presentation today, good old Johnny Lasseter unveiled some details about Pixar’s in-development project entitled The Bear and the Bow. The story reportedly centers on a young princess who decides she wants to be an archer instead of a beautiful maiden with tons of servants, a crown etc.
Story also centers on her relationship with her mother instead of the traditional “search for a mate” storyline.
Voice talent will include: Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, and Julie Walters. The pic will be directed by Prince of Egypt director Brenda Chapman.
Now…something about this just doesn’t smell right. Pixar doesn’t seem the type to delve into fairytale fare, and the basic premise of this sounds like something Disney animation would have tackled in its lackluster Mulan period. I like the fact that Pixar really stretches its legs with each project, so it’s kind of odd to see them do something so…obvious.
Then again, they’ve proven me wrong before and have yet to turn out a movie that isn’t at least good if not a masterpiece. I will continue to put faith in Lasseter and pray that the Pixar team can guide Chapman toward the emotionally affecting fun of Brad Bird’s projects.
Fingers crossed, eh Pixar fans?