Scott Tobias http://whqr.org en 'Ralph': An 8-Bit Hero With Plenty Of Heart http://whqr.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 26637 at http://whqr.org 'Ralph': An 8-Bit Hero With Plenty Of Heart In 'Brave,' A Pixar Princess At Odds With Her Place http://whqr.org/post/brave-pixar-princess-odds-her-place Not since Walt Disney's heyday has an animation company enjoyed a creative — and technically innovative — run like Pixar, now on a two-decade stretch that started with <em>Toy Story</em> in 1995 and continued with modern classics like <em>Finding Nemo</em>, <em>Monsters Inc.</em>, <em>The Incredibles</em>, <em>WALL-E</em>, <em>Ratatouille</em> and two <em>Toy Story</em> sequels that took on improbable depth and complexity. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 19136 at http://whqr.org In 'Brave,' A Pixar Princess At Odds With Her Place 'That's My Boy' Explores The Far Reaches Of Vulgarity http://whqr.org/post/thats-my-boy-explores-far-reaches-vulgarity Like the twisted love child of Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" video and the Mary Kay Letourneau scandal, the Adam Sandler comedy <em>That's My Boy</em> opens with a middle-school Lothario bedding — and later impregnating— a sexually voracious instructor.<p>If their genders were reversed, <em>That's My Boy</em> would be cause for a congressional hearing. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 21:08:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 18527 at http://whqr.org 'That's My Boy' Explores The Far Reaches Of Vulgarity Paul Williams is 'Still Alive,' And Taking Every Gig http://whqr.org/post/paul-williams-still-alive-and-taking-every-gig A diminutive giant of the 1970s, Paul Williams composed some of the decade's sweetest and most enduring songs — including The Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days and Mondays," Helen Reddy's "You and Me Against the World," Three Dog Night's "An Old Fashioned Love Song," and "Rainbow Connection" for <em>The Muppet Movie</em>.<p>He was also a professional celebrity, popping up on everything from <em>The Tonight Show</em> — he was a favorite of Johnny Carson's — to one-off turns on shows like <em>The Love Boat</em> and <em>Police Woman</em> to frequent appearances among the gallery Thu, 07 Jun 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 17944 at http://whqr.org Paul Williams is 'Still Alive,' And Taking Every Gig A 'Cat' Burglar, Stealing His Way Through Paris http://whqr.org/post/cat-burglar-stealing-his-way-through-paris The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was introduced in 2001, and throughout its brief history, it's mostly been a mechanism through which to honor whatever Pixar does every year.<p>Yet the act of choosing nominees from the very shallow pool of feature-length animated movies has resulted in some encouraging side effects. Thu, 31 May 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 17353 at http://whqr.org A 'Cat' Burglar, Stealing His Way Through Paris