Pixar movies have the enviably rare ability to tug the chords of viewers’ hearts and wrung emotions out of them like water from soaked clothes. These films, through their words, can make you smile, laugh, cry, cringe and even jump to punch the empty air with an embarrassingly loud hoot. But more importantly, they teach us more about life than schooling, college or any other ‘intellectual’ form of education can ever do.
Thus, as a nostalgic homage to those golden words, this list lists (since that’s what lists do) all the things Pixar has taught the world about life.
15. The Worst Epiphany Ever – Carl Fredricksen
‘This is crazy. I finally meet my childhood hero and he’s trying to kill us. What a joke.’ – Carl Fredricksen, Up.
What it teaches: This single line summarizes the disappointed all of us face when our occasionally juvenile childhood dreams are sucker-punched by Age. The sardonic last phrase shows how bitter that disappointment can be, while affirming, that we all have to swallow such bitter pills.
14. How To Make Friends Happy – Mike Wazowski
‘Roz, my tender, oozing blossom, you’re looking fabulous today. Is that a new haircut? Tell me it’s a new haircut. It’s got to be a new haircut. New makeup? You had a lift? You had a tuck? You had something? Something has been inserted in you that makes you look… Listen, I need a favour.’ – Mike Wazowski, Monster’s Inc.
What it teaches: Sly though as it might be, Pixar values the importance of having to suck up to people to pass a favor or two. A compliment here, a false statement of appreciation there and the world becomes a lot smoother to deal with. Pixar doesn’t underrate the significance of flattery – which is probably the second most ubiquitous f-word in the world. But in the end it shows that as long as friends are concerned, that is entirely superfluous.
13. Love is Often The Simplest of Things – Dug
‘Hi, there! My name is Dug. I have just met you, and I love you.’ – Dug, Up.
What it teaches: The beatific simplicity of love! You don’t need to know a person, judge him by his color or see if he enjoys the same films as you do to love him. It can be as simple as this – greet, meet, love.
This article was first posted on October 21, 2013