The Pixar Game or Hot Takes 101

first_imgStay on target The first Incredibles is far and away my favorite Pixar movie, one of my favorite superhero movies period. So suffice it to say I’m pretty bummed to hear from our own MovieBob that the sequel doesn’t live up to those high standards. But I can’t say I’m surprised. It’s not like we still live in a world in which famous ode to Nascar Cars is the only mediocre outlier (if super profitable) in a lineup of otherwise impeccable Pixar films.Remember that world, though? Remember that run from 1995 to 2010 when literally every Pixar movie besides Cars was a masterpiece? They were all so good disliking even one of them could get you labeled as some kind of monster. And in a film school full of students developing sophisticated opinions on cinema, Pixar formed the basis of our favorite way to get mad at parties. This is The Pixar Game, or, Hot Takes 101.Recent, less-than-stellar movies have complicated the rules somewhat, but the gist of The Pixar Game is this. Out of the good Pixar movies (Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, and Inside Out) players explain which one is their least favorite and why. Beginners tend to hedge their bets by saying something like “Oh I still love Monsters, Inc., it’s just not my absolute favorite.” But the real goal is to elicit a needling response like “Finding Nemo is Actually Bad because I don’t care about fish.” That’s my go-to answer by the way. Revel in being a dream-crushing jerk.The beauty of The Pixar Game is that with enough players, any answer is bound to totally piss somebody off or make someone else feel like they’re not alone for having the ostracizing opinion they have. For example, I’ve learned that some of my friends are idiots who somehow don’t like The Incredibles. Meanwhile, other friends have also realized the truth that after the opening, Up is kind of eh.But more importantly, by encouraging people to develop and defend short, blunt, intense, bizarre, hardline, and contrarian opinions out of nowhere, The Pixar Game is the perfect gateway drug to the concept of “Hot Takes,” the new lingua franca online. If you can understand how somehow can explain why Toy Story 2 sucks, you can understand how someone could tweet about cats causing white genocide.Also, when the contrarian arguments are genuinely well-constructed, you could be exposed to critical opinions that you may have never considered. This is why the game appeals to me as a critic and why we liked playing it while learning how to thoroughly analyze films at college. It the same reason why reviews, reviews you agree with or especially ones you don’t, are valuable to you as one who appreciates art. Anything that gets you thinking more about why you like or dislike art can only be a good thing. Go watch Ratatouille again.Pixar movies work well for this game because they’re great, most people have seen them and have opinions on them, and the idea of randomly hating on delightful and harmless children’s cartoons is funny. But feel free to adapt The Pixar Game to whatever topics work for you and your friends. Turn it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe Game (The Avengers is Bad) or the Nintendo First Party Franchise Game (Stop whining about Metroid: Other M). From food to music to the weather to the merits of Shakespeare in school, there’s literally no topic too meaningless to have a hot take on.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Disney Soundtracks Now Live in Special Spotify HubWatch These Movies Before ‘Toy Story 4’ last_img