The Brad Bird Episode (Anyway, That’s All I Got)

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With the release of Incredibles 2, we decided to look back on the filmography of director Brad Bird, which proved to be fascinating, enlightening and exciting (for the most part). From The Iron Giant in 1999 all the way to Tomorrowland in 2015, we break down every Brad Bird directorial effort, and afterward we respond to some of your feedback and discuss Incredibles 2 in both a spoiler-free and spoiler-filled section. Enjoy!

Hosted by Sam Noland, Jason Read, and Anthony Battaglia!

Question For You: What is your favorite Brad Bird movie? Also, who is the best Pixar director?

SHOW NOTES:

  • 2:46 – Introduction to Brad Bird
  • 8:02 – The Iron Giant
  • 18:46 – The Incredibles
  • 24:13 – Ratatouille
  • 31:50 – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
  • 34:49 – Tomorrowland
  • 47:55 – Responding to (some of) your comments
  • 54:21 – Incredibles 2 (Spoiler-free)
  • 1:12:09 – Incredibles 2 (Spoiler-filled)
  • 1:17:48 – Final impressions/conclusion

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8 replies to The Brad Bird Episode (Anyway, That’s All I Got)

  1. The best Pixar director is Lee Unkrich. As much as I respect Brad Bird, Unkrich is the secret weapon behind the Toy Story movies plus Coco. I’d also put Pete Docter up there.

  2. One thing I love about Bird is how fearless he is with death when it comes to animation. He’s not afraid of scaring kids or allowing the topic to sit there. From the supers getting genocided to Gusteau himself being effectively a ghost. That was one thing I thought was weirdly missing from this new Incredibles.

  3. Bird is my favorite Pixar directors (and one of my favorites period). He’s exceptionally good at character interactions like it’s no one’s business.

  4. I would rank brad bird’s movies:
    The Incredibles
    The Iron Giant
    Ratatouille
    Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol








    Tomorrowland

    • oh and Incredibles 2 would be right after Ratatouille

  5. What do you ataggers think about Brad Bird finally doing 1906 as a film and/or TV series?

  6. I’d be curious to hear what you guys think of the John Lasseter situation in light of Incredibles 2. I saw on Twitter that Jon Negroni has been sharing the stories of Pixar employees getting harassed, and Brad Bird hasn’t said a thing about it except to say he basically likes Lasseter. He said in an interview: “The Incredibles wouldn’t have been made at Disney if it were not for John, and that means a lot to us. And he had a lot of smart input on this movie, too. … So I wish John the best, whichever way it goes. We know no more than you do.”

    • Great episode PodPeople! My favorite Bird movie is the first Incredibles movie, following by Ratatouille. As for future topics, how about covering favorite “Cult Movies” (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Repo Man, et al) or perhaps Cult Film Directors, like Alex Cox, David Lynch, Tim Burton, et al. Maybe a James Cameron film festival is warranted…

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