The Wisdom of Pixar: An Animated Look at Virtue by Robert Velarde is the first book to explore spiritual and moral themes in Pixar Animation Studios films. Have fun exploring virtues such as friendship in the Toy Story films, love in Up, family in Finding Nemo, courage in The Incredibles, and justice in A Bug's Life. Learn how Pixar movies can help you grow in virtue and wisdom - to infinity and beyond!
Kids and adults alike love Pixar's movies. We come out of the theater not just entertained or amused, but inspired. Everybody agrees: Pixar makes fun, clean, terrific movies. But what makes these movies so appealing is not merely amazing CGI animation, clever humor or fantastic imagination. These movies are not just great. Pixar's movies are good. Robert Velarde unpacks the movies of Pixar and shows how they display the best of classic Christian virtues. Pixar's films resonate with us because of their moral character. Their virtuous themes of hope and courage, friendship and love connect with our deepest human longings. Whether we identify with the plight of a lost fish or the adventures of toys, bugs or cars, Pixar's characters help us build our own character, with the kind of virtue that we want for ourselves and those around us. Insightfully exploring each of Pixar's movies, this book is a friendly companion for fans, parents and church leaders. Discover how the imagination of Pixar can awaken in you a Christian vision for a moral life and a better society.
Robert Velarde is a writer and editor for Sonlight Curriculum. He is the author of (NavPress, 2008), (Baker, forthcoming), (National Day of Prayer, 1999), (NavPress, 2005) and (InterVarsity Press, 2001). A former editor for Focus on the Family, he received his M.A. in Religion from Southern Evangelical Seminary.
In this slender interpretation, Velarde (The Heart of Narnia) mines Pixars 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 doesnt offer much content analysis beyond what discerning viewers will have already noticed for themselves. Velarde does pose some interesting questions--can a superheros courage be taught? What is a Christians proper stance on technology to avoid a polluted Wall-E world? But Pixars 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. (July) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.