Scott Tobias http://wcbe.org en 'Ralph': An 8-Bit Hero With Plenty Of Heart http://wcbe.org/post/ralph-8-bit-hero-plenty-heart After a very long engagement that began with the original <em>Toy Story</em>, Disney finally made an honest woman out of Pixar in 2006, when it paid the requisite billions to move the computer animation giant into the Magic Kingdom. But Disney's spirited 2010 hit <em>Tangled</em> made it abundantly clear that Pixar had a say in the creative marriage: The story of Rapunzel may be standard Disney princess fare, but the whip-crack pacing and fractured-fairy tale wit felt unmistakably Pixar. From now on, it would seem, Mickey Mouse and Luxo Jr. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 25225 at http://wcbe.org 'Ralph': An 8-Bit Hero With Plenty Of Heart A Neighborhood Watch Goes Alien-Hunting http://wcbe.org/post/neighborhood-watch-goes-alien-hunting The savings are never passed on to the consumer, but a little product placement has become standard practice for Hollywood movies — a pizza box here or a conspicuously angled soda can there, and few take notice. But product <em>integration</em> is another matter: If a movie has been explicitly designed to accommodate a sponsor, it's worse than just a commercial movie. It's a movie commercial.<p><em>The Watch</em> concerns four neighborhood-watch guys from suburban Ohio who try to ward off an alien attack. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:19:24 +0000 Scott Tobias 19643 at http://wcbe.org A Neighborhood Watch Goes Alien-Hunting