Oct. 28, 2020

Pixar Film Festival

Pixar Film Festival

Duane Willey and Jon Hinson join our show again to help sort through the results of the Pixar Poll hosted by For the Love of Disney World. We list all 22 Films as voted on by the people and share some laughter and tremendous stories along the way. Will Marc's favorite Inside Out be able to top the people's list, or will Duane's favorite emerge victorious for a second straight episode. Tune in for the results!

Transcript

Marc Valentine:

Hello, everybody and welcome back to the Disney life podcast. If you're looking for a home, where you can live your best to Disney life, then you are in the right place. I am your host, Marc Valentine. And I want to thank you so much for joining us again here today on Disney life podcast. If this is the first time you're joining us then welcome and if you've downloaded one of our episodes before, welcome back. We have a wonderful Episode 12 in store for you today. As we welcome back, john Hinson and Dwayne Willie to the show to share the results of the latest Disney life podcast poll, where we ask our listeners on social media to pick their top five Pixar films. If you like what you hear, head out to our website at www.disneylifepodcast.com where you can hear all of our old episodes and download them. rate the show, leave us a review. And feel free to keep the conversation going over at our Facebook group Disney life on Facebook. And check out our Instagram at Disney life podcast. We have a wonderful social media community. And we're so excited to bring you Friday Night Live and Sunday game night every single week. And you don't need to be a Patreon in order to access those, we give them out for free to our members. So for the past month, we have been tallying the votes for all of these Pixar films over at for the love of Disney World. And Dwayne Willy was our man with the plan. Again, he is the poll master. And he and john Hinson, were pushing the numbers over for the love of Disney World. And also Matthew deFranco was helping us out for the onsie he which is his facebook group. And then in our group Disney life podcast over on our website. We had had this up for about two and a half weeks. And we were tallying votes for people to tell us what their favorite Pixar films were. And the way it worked was. There are 22 Pixar films that have been released to date. And we did not want them to list 22 films. It's just a lot for them to do that. But we also didn't want to make the list that they were allowed to choose from broad enough so that they could kind of get out of making some really tough decisions. So Dwayne, and I decided that they were going to be only able to choose a five films. And that was it. So they had to choose from their 22 favorite Pixar films, and they had to narrow it to five. So in a lot of cases, some very, very beloved films wound up falling out of the way. So we asked john and Dwayne to join us here today. Gentlemen, welcome back to the show.

Jon Hinson:

Thanks for having me.

Marc Valentine:

Last time we did this was a blast with the rides.

Jon Hinson:

And I can't wait to hear.

Marc Valentine:

And and this got for me at times a little bit more emotional than the rides. Because while the rides have memories that are associated with them, movies are meant to elicit emotion. So some of these were first date films. Some of these were the first films like for me, the first real film that I watched with my daughter, so there are real emotions that are attached to some of these. So when some of them didn't do well, or didn't perform to my expectations, as I tallied this, I was a little brokenhearted. I think you guys are going to be surprised, because john, so that's the other thing that john Duane don't know the answers. They don't know any of this, they're going to be surprised, completely surprised by the results here. I'm the only one that knows the results to this, man. So I'm gonna I'm gonna be hitting them with with some of these like a ton of bricks. And the cool thing, right, gentlemen, is when you do this, like you become a little invested in the content too, right?

Jon Hinson:

Totally, like, writing down my list. I was like, Okay, I had to really break it down.

Marc Valentine:

And I think I think that somebody I know your list as well. So I think some of you are going to be disappointed. So what I'm going to do for the sake of time, and our last list was so epic and so awesome. But we ran over I think it was over an hour and 20 minutes for our rides list because we just got so into it. And again, Linda is my Linda is my critic and my producer, and she's told me mark, she knows the metrics. She says mark, half hour, half hour, half hour, you've got to cut these long form episodes down to half hour because people don't they don't want to be listneing to you talk for that long. So we're gonna try to what we're going to do is we're going to I'm going to list from 22 to 10. I'm going to list as they were voted on by the by the people of for the love of Disney World. And then if there's anything that stands out, let's Let's kind of In Memoriam. Let's talk about those films that did not quite make the upper echelon. And if there's any surprises we can we can dialogue those. So again, everyone, everyone only had five votes. And the thing I'll give for the top 10 is what percentage of the vote each film Garnered of everyone. So if I say like, it's 6.1% that means of all the people that voted only 6.1% had that in their top five. And then what the website went of doing was developing an aggregate score and placing them based upon the percentile of people that place them in the top five from number 22 so this was the least ranked film 22 cars 2 21 cars 3 20 The Incredibles two, that is a surprise there.

Duane Willey:

Yeah, that one surprises me. I thought The Incredibles two was pretty good.

Marc Valentine:

I thought so to 19 and this is voted on by the group. So these are not our scores. The Good Dinosaur 19 18 Toy Story 4 17 Finding Dory, another little bit of a surprise there.

Jon Hinson:

Wow.

Marc Valentine:

16 was A Bug's Life. 15 Monsters University. That was a huge surprise for me. Because Monsters University was like up near the top for me. 14 onward. 13 Hold on. Ready? Hey. Toy Story three.

Duane Willey:

Oh, come on.

Marc Valentine:

Ready for 12 12 Toy Story two.

Jon Hinson:

Oh my gosh.

Marc Valentine:

11 Dwayne Dwayne's not gonna lose any sleep over this one Walle he was 11. Yeah. And that rounds out the bottom 11 films? Well, yeah, I know. I know. He's shaking his head right now. Video. It's audio content. But I can see Dwayne is shaking his head cuz I already know what you're going to talk. Go ahead Dwane You got to get it out. So go ahead.

Duane Willey:

Yeah. Toy Story really surprises me. Or Toy Story two, three and four. Really? But especially Toy Story three, but I I'm assuming borrow what you read. Obviously, almost everybody kind of downgraded any of the sequels? It looks like yeah, you know, all the sequels kind of got a step down. No, and I can understand that.

Marc Valentine:

You said that was gonna happen. Yeah. You said that was gonna happen. And I remember when we talked about this list. That was one of your fears about the Toy Story franchise, specifically, you're splitting the vote for ways. Yeah. So people inherently had to choose what their favorite toy story was. And some some fell off. And you had Toy Story three as your number two?

Duane Willey:

I did. And I was, I mean, to me, again, I have some I have some sentimental attachments to some of the Toy Story movies with my wife and my kids. And you know, so that obviously has something to do with it. And Buzz Lightyear is one of my favorite characters as well. So there's some like I said, there's a lot of sentimental attachment like you said, there's emotion that is involved in seeing a movie and the memories that go along with that movie.

Marc Valentine:

There are a lot of people that put Toy Story three is their top Toy Story, film though,

Jon Hinson:

absolutely. Yeah. Yeah, it was in my my wife's top five was Toy Story three,

Marc Valentine:

because it's of the three right john it's, well, what you thought was going to be the climax of the film's as they're on the conveyor belt, they're all holding hands. Like there was a lot of emotion in Toy Story three that the first film was a lot of fun. A lot of lessons, but there wasn't that you hadn't grown with these characters over the course of the last decade and a half. And then Toy Story three you thought that was the culmination of the of this series. You like I I was like losing it at that moment at when I watch Toy Story three for the first time I went, Oh, my goodness, they're going to they're going to burn.

Jon Hinson:

started crying.

Marc Valentine:

And someone's like, What are you talking about? like Disney movies? Can't like characters die in Disney movies? I don't know what you're talking about. Like, yeah, this kid. I thought that that was how it's gonna end. I was like, I had to pause and walk out of the room. for two seconds. I came back. I'm like, I need to prepare for this. So there's a lot of people that will put Toy Story three at the top of their list. So when I was compiling this this afternoon, I saw the raw score. So Toy Story three got 17.5% of people put it in their in their top five. I was shocked by that one. Mm hmm. That was the one that really shocked me, john, anything else? I mean, Toy Story I think would stand out. Is there anything that stood out to you

Jon Hinson:

No, it all kind of makes sense except for I think we can all agree that cars should not have that many movies.

Marc Valentine:

No No, I listen, I I'm sorry if I'm going to catch some flack and I might get I might get beat up on the on the comments section if people you know, leave a comment in the interviews. I've never really been much of a cars fan. I just like they're enjoyable, but they don't have the replay value that some of these have for me. Yeah, and especially like i don't i don't disagree cars two and cars three like cars three was terrible. Like I like that's that there's two Pixar movies that if I see them on Disney plus, like I'm skipping. You can be like, hey, do you what do you want to watch? You want to watch cars three, or do you want to watch The Good Dinosaur I'm like? Nah....

Jon Hinson:

I do like the good dinosaur. But I get like, it's kind of like down and you know, it's more artistic.

Marc Valentine:

I was never, I don't again, I'm sorry. Like, I find the silver lining and everything. I did not enjoy the good.

Duane Willey:

I didn't either

Jon Hinson:

It really brings down the mood, right?

Marc Valentine:

The father dies in it. The movies. Yeah, the whole movie is a crisis. The whole movie is a crisis, even the end. Like you would think that the two of them are going to stay together and they don't. I just was like, Yo, I can't watch this movie again. I'm done. I watched it. I watched it once and then I came back to it. I watched it a second time thinking maybe I was just overly harsh on it. And then the second time I watch it, I was like, nope, don't like it.

Jon Hinson:

That's okay.

Marc Valentine:

That was my that was my 22 By the way, The Good Dinosaur

Duane Willey:

mine as well.

Jon Hinson:

My 22 was Wally

Marc Valentine:

I was 22 22 and then 19 was john for the good dinosaur. But I mean I the Toy Story surprised me. I love Toy Story two. So then to see that at number at 12 was a shock to see the group put that there. Yeah, I mean, that was like those two when they hit the bottom. But you know that bottom mark for me below the top 10 I was really shocked. I thought I wasn't surprised by Toy Story four. That's a whole it's a polarizing film. There's some people who didn't want it to be made. They thought it was a cash grab. I loved the Toy Story 4 so Toy Story four for me was a Hold on. Let me look I got my notes. That was seven. I put it at seven. And john put it at seven. I liked the ending that woody got in that movie, some people didn't. I liked what he's ending. I was sad that Woody and Buzz are are parting ways and there's a little it smacks of realism. Some people didn't like that they wanted to keep the gang together. But I felt like woody got the ending he deserved at the end of four that he had fallen out of favor with with Bonnie he didn't really have a purpose in the room anymore. And he kind of he found a happy ending for him.

Jon Hinson:

Yeah, I think it set it up for like other movies too. But they introduce new characters, as well as kind of like separated the plot a little bit. So I loved it, I thought was good.

Marc Valentine:

The thing I love about the Toy Story franchise is every single film adds new layers to it. There's new characters, there's new toys. That's That's why that franchise. I dare I say like, you could have 10 films. And still I think it would be I'll go I'll go watch 10 toy stories. Oh, does I know you're gonna get new toys. Even like the Disney plus release this week. The Halloween special from a few years ago

Jon Hinson:

Yeah, it's great.

Duane Willey:

I always watch those.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah. Oh, greatest combat Carl Combat Carl speaks in third person.

Jon Hinson:

I love like party party ReX is really funny, too.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah. So to me the Toy Story films like he can't go wrong. I was a little sad to see it dip that low like 9% of our voters put it in their in their top 10. But even when it came out in the movie was brand new. There was like the existential struggle on every Facebook group that people loved it or they hated it. It's a very polarizing movie. So people wanted they wanted three to be it. But I've kind of I've set up a fictitious narrative for 4 that Sunday. Being at the fair, he's going to run into an adult Andy again. By the way, I'm writing so FYI, I'm writing in my head. I'm ghost, Ghost writing Toy story five. So he's at the fair, and Andy brings his kid to get there.

Jon Hinson:

I got goose bumps.

Marc Valentine:

He's gonna see Andy with his kid, and he's going to make himself put himself up to be won by Andy and then it's going to start again. He's going to become a part of Andy's household again. Like that's my perfect Toy story five right there. Boom, Disney. Listen to this podcast. It's a moneymaker and everyone will love you again because he'll come back to where he's supposed to be. He's Andy's toy. He's supposed to be in the story forever.

Duane Willey:

That's right.

Jon Hinson:

Yeah, gosh, that'd be so good.

Marc Valentine:

Right. Is that it or what?

Duane Willey:

Absolutely.

Marc Valentine:

Let's do it. JOHN, let's get let's get the what are the what are the online petitions call them?

Jon Hinson:

I can't think of them either. Yeah. Hundred signature?

Marc Valentine:

Change change.org That's it. Yeah, there

Jon Hinson:

it is.

Marc Valentine:

Hit me with the change.org petition for Toy Story five, you know, the return of Andy. All right, Roger, anything else to say about the bottom? 11?

Jon Hinson:

I think this all makes sense.

Marc Valentine:

It does. It's a little shocking with some of them. But like, it's not what Dwayne didn't already say.

Duane Willey:

No. Like I said, when we talked about this before we even you know, set up the poll or anything. My biggest concern because I'm a toy story fan, just like you are, it sounds like all of us are the split vote. That's the same. It's the same scenario is when somebody is up for Grammy, and they've got two songs that are out for the same Grammy. You know, they split their own vote and makes it Alright, Toy Story for you know, kind of same thing. Toy Story three to all of them. They were splitting the vote. Yeah, totally makes sense. I see it.

Marc Valentine:

I thought about that as I voted. And then I didn't feel guilty. So just to let you know, in my top 10 all all four toy stories for me landed in my in the top 10. For me, I didn't feel guilty at all. I was like, You know what, so be it. I it's how I feel. I'm just gonna let it go. It's my show.

Jon Hinson:

I did, I had three of them in my top 10. But I did feel a little bit guilty. So I had to add, you know, some filler.

Marc Valentine:

So number number 10 is not going to surprise anybody. It's a great movie. I think it's deserved to be in the top 10 It's nice to see this movie getting a lot of love. But number 10 Ratatouille,

Duane Willey:

that's actually exactly where I had it. Yeah, number 10 on my list.

Unknown:

Here's number nine for me. That makes sense.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah, Ratatouille was not um, when it when it was brand new, I'll be the first to admit, it wasn't a film that I think that we we jumped on, or even gushed over when we watched it. But as time has gone on it like it has a lot of replay value. I'm loving all of the attention that it's getting. Because, you know, you have the IP that's being injected over into Epcot. So there's there's that excitement, but I feel like I feel like Remy has really gotten a lot more love over the last five years than he even you know, then he had, even when the film was brand new, which is cool. It's getting it's getting a cult following.

Jon Hinson:

Yeah, the food and wine festivals have really helped with that. the find Remys and stuff.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah. My wife Linda is terrified of mice and rats fictitious or real, real ones the house is getting burned down. If she if she comes across her own money, when we have mice in the house, she never wants to know, it's like the secret. I have to just catch them and get rid of them before and like that. We've never had a mouse Linda, we've never had a mouse by the way this can be done.

Duane Willey:

Ficticious story.

Marc Valentine:

So she avoided Ratatouille just because the main character is a rat. And I want to say it was like this is definitely a quarantine viewing. By the way, this is not something that happened years ago. So during quarantine, she finally sat down to watch it. And then said to me, you know that movies really good. I said yeah, I've been telling you that for how long now, but you won't watch it because there is a rat in it. And she and she liked it. So that's a testament to how good Ratatouille is. If it could get my wife to come and say to me like I liked it. It's a good movie. It pulls some heart strings a little bit.

Jon Hinson:

Yeah. Does she like does she like Mickey Mouse? She does. Okay.

Marc Valentine:

Mickey Mouse is he? Yeah, he's he there's no look or feel there of a rodent. So good. Mickey's good. Remi, is very much a rat.

Jon Hinson:

Yeah, the whole story of it, too. He wants to be like, you know, clean and eat. Well, I love it.

Marc Valentine:

And the character I love even more so than me. I love the critic. The Critic is the best part of the film to me that when he comes around from being a person who's overly miserable, and like you can tell, not really happy. And then he has the connection to the dish at the end which reconnects him to the happiness in his childhood. And it really is like a life changing event for him so much so that then he becomes the patron for the new restaurant when they close the one because it gets shut down. Right? That's the greatest part of the story for me is not just that he gets to cook and be happy, and that everyone gets their happy ending. But like that is the best part of that movie to me is that even this guy who had the most miserable existence, then comes around and finds his life. He finds the reason to live again. Like that was the coolest part.

Jon Hinson:

That's really cool.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah, I agree. It was right. It was right there for all of us. We weren't Not that far off with with Ratatouille. So no shock. totally deserves to be in the top 10 and crack the top 10. I love I love it being right where it is. All right, number nine. A bit of a shock to me. Number nine was The Incredibles.

Duane Willey:

Yeah, I'm sitting here looking at my list. I told you this what happened even while I'm sitting here, there's things in my top 10 that I could see. Moving. When Mark and I were talking earlier today, I said, I feel like I could have taken like the whole middle. And almost at times inverted the middle depending on the day or time what I was watching what mood I was in. Yeah. But The Incredibles Actually, I thought it was I thought it was great. And is when we were talking earlier about Incredibles falling and I actually thought it was really good. You know? Yeah, that whole franchise is fun. And again, I have great memories with my kids and those movies.

Jon Hinson:

Yeah, it was number five for me. Yeah,

Marc Valentine:

yeah, we were so incredibles As I said, six, it was five for john, it was seven for Dwayne, I thought this would have performed better because it's one of it's one of their bigger IPS. When you when you think of Pixar, you think of The Incredibles. The superhero element is, you know, it attracts a lot of male and female viewers. And it's really family friendly. And there's a lot of adults who like it as well. It plays really well. And there's a kitch to it. Because it's it's got like the the 1950s and 60s kind of feel to it. That there. Yes, it's a cool, like, there's a cool vibe to it. It has a very cool feel to the movie. It's not just a superhero movie.

Jon Hinson:

It's a sci fi too. Yeah, very,

Marc Valentine:

I would have thought most people would have fell in line with with how we voted. So I was a little surprised to see it down there towards the bottom. But again, it's competing with some really great films. When you get to the top 10. And I say like some of these films, you're gonna say, Well, you know, I get it. But I love that movie. The characters are great. I don't think we're done with with The Incredibles. I think you'll get a three.

Duane Willey:

Yeah, I agree.

Marc Valentine:

Second one performs really well. And the kids, you know, when you're talking about a family, and as a family grows together, I think you're just going to start to see that narrative progress as well.

Jon Hinson:

JACK Jack's powers just came out like, yeah, that's gonna be a great movie. It's gonna be great.

Duane Willey:

I was just gonna say also, like, just the comedy aspect of it. You know, there's that, I don't know, maybe it is because of the time period, but that kind of comedy feel to the movie that that just gives it a little for me,

Jon Hinson:

like when he's getting in his car.

Marc Valentine:

So that's another one. That because of the nature of the subject matter, every film can have different superheroes coming in and out. And like there is even a lot of tongue in cheek stuff with the second one like the regurgitator. Right. What's his superpower? Is he has acid reflux? Like, just that alone was like hysterical. I mean, like, I've suffered from acid reflux. And it's not funny, but it's funny. That's not really a superpower but there's stuff like that, that like Disney made her so funny in that film that they really like it's it's just hysterical the way that they use different things like that and made them hysterical. But they do that with every film. Oh, yeah. Alright, so number eight, I'm going to just tell you, I did not understand number eight, wasn't a fan of number eight of all of the Disney IPS, it falls lower. Number eight was cars, the original cars. So here's a film that two and three bottomed out on our list. To like cars two got 2% of the vote. Cars three got 2.1% of the vote. car's got 28.6% of the vote. So lightning McQueen's first film did very well, and beat out a film. I didn't think it would beat The Incredibles and it did. So it's number eight. Yeah, yeah. I'm gonna say I'm not saying anything, because I don't really,

Jon Hinson:

I feel. I feel like that's because of like, kids rewatching it. I feel like kids love cars. Like my son loves cars. And I feel like the family probably just hears that a lot.

Duane Willey:

Yeah, my son did too. My son really loved cars, the first one and, and then we had all of them. I literally I Wow, we had still to this day, I think in our attic have cases with all of the cars characters, you know, in the box and everything else. Yeah.

Jon Hinson:

yeah

Marc Valentine:

you had this high, I did this was 4 for you.

Duane Willey:

Yeah. And that's and it's one because especially because I've just told you my kids are watching a movie right now that I actually might have possibly swapped with that or not. Um, you know, that's why I said that's a changing thing, which I also think is great. About Pixar movies. Yeah, because there's a different movie for a different time. You know, and a different space that you're in. But yeah, I mean, I, you know, again, this one specifically with my son, he enjoyed cars. And because of that him and I had a lot to connect on when I was kid, Matchbox cars and Hot Wheels was and man, I mean, that was a big part. So, you know, for me, he got the actual cars, Lightning McQueen and Mater and, and all that, and we'd sit in the floor and him and I would play, you know, and that was fun for me. So I think again, it's memories and connection.

Marc Valentine:

Now our group, we were way off on this, by the way, our when we when we tally the three of us, cars was our 15 Dwayne had it at four, I put cars, the original at 18. And john had it at 17. So our average score for this when we compared it to the other votes, it wound up averaging out at 15. For us, when you took all three of them, we just added them together and then divided by three. So we were like way off on what the people loved about cars. And that's fine. Like, you know, every everybody's got their favorites. I'm gonna I'm gonna cry a little bit, you know, later on like, cuz in our vote, gentlemen, like some of my vote, some of my votes were hanging, but I was I was actually vindicated, like, just so that you know, and I'm gonna prepare you all for this. Some of my favorite pics are as you've noticed, they're not even revealed yet. I'm in tune with the people. I'm a man. I'm a man of the people here

Jon Hinson:

They're adults.

Marc Valentine:

I'm happy for cars. I'm happy for people that like it. I am not a fan per se. But again, that's what this is about. It's about the people's vote. The people have spoken and cars is number eight. Number seven. The only princess in in Pixar is brave. So number seven was brave. With 30.3% of people putting Merida and brave in their top five films. Melissa is going to be upset that it didn't make the top five. I was a little surprised that it didn't as well. What was your number? So for brave, I put brave at 15. I like it, but it was just that was a tough choice for me. Yeah, put her at 12 you had it at 12 Dwayne had it at five. My wife's favorite princess. She's my. You know what, she's fun. She is very fun. She is definitely one of my favorite princesses. I love I love her attitude. I love the spunk. I love the story. It's a great story. It's just when I had to choose, it was a hard choice for me. Because there's other films that I watch with with greater regularity. And then I do brave I don't watch it as much as I do some of the other films. But like, Bella, and I will watch it numerous times throughout the course of the year. But it's just not on replay say as much like for us as like a Monsters Inc. Or an Incredibles and inside out like those are the films that that I can watch again and again and again and again and again. But I mean, it's a great it's a great film for for little girls to watch. I mean, I love I love that she doesn't you know, she doesn't take any any garbage. Meredith I love her attitude, I love the moral of the story. I love the ending, you know, and the healing between her and her mom and her family and, and like, you know that she can be an independent person, but at the same time connected to, you know, her parents and what they want for her and that they, you know, there's the misunderstanding of you know, maybe they're just speaking two different languages at the same time at different times. You know, they don't understand each other, but the the love that holds them together at the end makes them realize that they always want the best for each other. You know, family is stronger than anything. It's the strongest bond.

Duane Willey:

Absolutely.

Marc Valentine:

So I love that. That's what we do with these. You know, people like oh, it's cute cartoon. I'm like, are we watching the same thing?

Jon Hinson:

Let me break this down for you?

Marc Valentine:

Yeah, let me Siskel and Ebert this this cartoons, like can we be friends anymore? All right, number six. Number six, I felt vindicated by number six,

Duane Willey:

I can guess it.

Marc Valentine:

You I know you're gonna so go ahead. Go ahead. You know what it is this

Duane Willey:

this is my guess number six is inside out.

Marc Valentine:

Correct?

Duane Willey:

Winner winner

Marc Valentine:

correct. Inside Out is was my number four. I don't want you to think I had it at number one. Inside Out. I have a soft spot for it Dwayne had it at 18 Jon had it at 13

Jon Hinson:

People agreed with you though.

Marc Valentine:

I was vindicated the people knew. That's it, I am a man, I have a man of the people

Jon Hinson:

It's so tough though. Because like I really I love inside out. It's it's hilarious. Like, it's also, meaningful. But like, top five, it's just tough.

Marc Valentine:

So going back to going back to emotional connections of films, like my daughter, we're probably going like three, four years ago. And my daughter was hitting that age where she was finally sitting down in entireties, to watch movies, she would watch movies before that, but clips like, you know, she was old, like she would watch frozen, she would hear Elsa sing, and then she would walk away from the screen like she wouldn't sit and watch those movies at a younger age. So my wife was out shopping. And I remember this came on, we did not see it in the theaters back then, because she was not watching movies. And there was no point in going to a movie theater when all she would want to do is run around. So this was the first movie that I ever remember. Sitting down, it was the two of us making a bowl of popcorn and watching Inside Out together. And then when Bing Bong goes bye bye, she just reached over and held me. And she got that moment. And an I was a mess. Her holding me in that moment that she was very sad that Bing Bong left the movie. I can't say I can't say what happens, because I just get I get to. So that is why Dwayne, that movie is not an 18. For me, it was there was

Duane Willey:

exactly emotional connection is worth that. And that's what, that's what the movie was for. And if I'm hearing your story, I should have moved it up higher. Yeah, what was I thinking...

Marc Valentine:

But the other the other thing that I love about that movie is again, like I always overthink these movies. I just love that concept of inside all of us are these competing emotions that are like in the nerve center. how creative like for people who wrote that, and I appreciate the art in that that someone sat down, just like Toy Story, what, what a great concept that someone sat down and created a world based upon toys or based upon these five emotions that live inside of Riley's brain. And like the whole concept and the construct of the brain and the centers, and then the end of that, that it's okay to not have joy all the time that like, Who would have thought that at the end, that sadness, who's that wah wah character plays such an important role? Like the lesson is that it's okay sometimes to embrace those things like that's what makes us all human. And it's all of these emotions working in concert that just make you a well rounded person like that, to me was like Wow, that's so great. I love it.

Duane Willey:

Yeah,

Jon Hinson:

all wrapped up in a family movie. So good.

Marc Valentine:

And you know, and again, to go back to the idea of people like you thought that the toys are gonna die I'm like, do they kill bing bong?

Duane Willey:

Exactly,

Marc Valentine:

like rip my heart out of my chest. So

Jon Hinson:

In front of my daughter

Marc Valentine:

I was in lockstep with the people on on that it was six I was okay with that. Because I had it at four. Number five. I love number five too I felt vindicated by number five. And Dena Dena Hendry, who's in our group is not going to be happy about this because number five was up.

Duane Willey:

Okay.

Marc Valentine:

She couldn't get past the beginning.

Jon Hinson:

Yeah. My it wasn't in my wife's top five because she said it's too sad.

Marc Valentine:

devastating. devastating.

Jon Hinson:

But it's so good that and it's you know,

Marc Valentine:

when Ellie when Ellie in the first five minutes, when when that happens in LA, I can't. I'm a I'm a mess. That is the one movie that I think every single time I watch it, I do tear up and tear up again at the end. When the house rests at paradise falls just the she wanted it. And they and they kind of show you that like it. It all worked out. Yeah,

Jon Hinson:

I have goosebumps literally every time to like it's just such a good movie.

Marc Valentine:

I can't. Yeah,

Jon Hinson:

definitely top five for me.

Duane Willey:

It's heartwarming. I had it in the top 10 It's a great movie. And it's one you can watch over and over again too.

Marc Valentine:

I love it. I have on any given day. It depends on my mood. I could I could easily put it at number one. Which is... I could I could easily put it in a number one. I have so much UP Merch I have the grape soda pin like that is one of my favorite pieces of Disney merch I have I have the grape soda pin. I have a grape soda shirt. We we have all kinds of up stuff in the house. I love it.

Jon Hinson:

Cool. Have you have you the adventure at animal kingdom? That's a lot of fun, huh? Are you going to collect your little stamps?

Marc Valentine:

I love I mean, Russell Russell's not my favorite part of the movie. I love Russell. I think he's hysterical. But to me, I love. I love Carl and Ellie, like, that's, that's it for me. That's it. That's like the perfect, that's the perfect movie. And even though she's not there, she's always there. And again, that's the beautiful thing about these movies. She's gone in the first five minutes, and yet her fingerprint is on the entire movie, like you can see that she's left an indelible mark on Carl, that no matter what, no matter where she is, she's always going to be with Him in spirit. It's beautiful.

Jon Hinson:

Like you you only see her for five minutes, and you're like hooked.

Marc Valentine:

And that's the that's the power of good writing is only you're only with her for five minutes. And yet for the remainder of the movie, like you, you feel her with you for the rest of movie. Again, I felt so good to see up at number five, it made me feel good as the people vote. We had up at eight, nine and four. So we all we all agreed we loved UP. Each one of us had it in our top 10. And on any given day, it could go from eight to one for me that that's how much I love these top movies. Is I really could flip them on any day.

Jon Hinson:

Yeah,

Duane Willey:

yeah, for sure. There's definitely, I mean, obviously, we all know kind of what's left. So you know, I can agree with pretty much what's left, you know, in icon, their iconic movie.

Marc Valentine:

When you think Pixar, these top four movies are they are the flagship properties for the Pixar studio. So it's just a matter of how they're going to play out at this point. Which really, you know that that's that's the remainder of the list is like which one did the people say is the movie that deserves to be the tentpole for for Pixar. Number four. So let's get right into it. Number four, Finding Nemo. Great movie

Duane Willey:

Great movie.

Jon Hinson:

is a great movie I say, great series.

Marc Valentine:

It could also be my number one on any given day. I love this movie. And FYI, Marlin is like my spirit animal, by the way. I am marlin like, I am Albert Brooks in in real life, in many cases with my child, FYI, like I'm that guy that's constantly worried and like, like trying to be like the helicopter parent. I've always been with Isabella. So I identify like she is my lat she's my, she's my baby egg that I held. And I never want to I never want to have anything bad happen to her. And I am Marlin in that, like, again, I identify with Nemo on a on a different way. Like I have been tried to grow out of being the guy that won't leave the anemone to try to realize like your kids growing up and you gotta let them go and you gotta let them fly a little bit.

Duane Willey:

Right?

Marc Valentine:

Everybody else watches they're like, hey, cute fish are like no man. I am I'm Marlin. Linda is not Dory by the way. She is not Dori, I don't want her to I don't want her to listen back. Linda, if you're listening, I don't want you to be like, so what am i forgetful? I'm like, Oh, no, you're not. I'm just saying I'm Marlin in this scenario. I'm not calling you Dori. I just I see something in Marlin that that I identify with. And I'm sure that you would agree with that. That sentiment as well. But great movie.

Duane Willey:

Absolutely. Wonderful movies. Definitely one of the flagships of Pixar,

Marc Valentine:

I would say the one disappointment that I had with the sequel was some of the great supporting cast of the first film did not really make it like I loved I love the aquarium fish in the first in the first movie, like I like to Gill I liked all those guys. And they had a cameo but that was about it. But again, that's the great thing about Nemo was we had some really cool characters in the second one like um like Hank the octopus.

Jon Hinson:

Yeah, I love Hank

Marc Valentine:

who was was great. Love it.

Jon Hinson:

And Dorries parents were like a nice addition to Yep.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah, it was just it's a great film. I I would not be heartbroken. If there was a third film in that series. I'd like to see more, more NEEMO and I don't know what they're gonna do I hope they don't go with the lost aspect again. I hope they just have something completely different. Again, we're just ghost writing in here. Like what better what better way to talk about the destruction of ecosystem? What if the reef is threatened? bump? Oh, yeah,

Jon Hinson:

bring it on. Yeah, that's interesting. They need to escape the water. Thanks,

Marc Valentine:

Pixar. If you're looking for someone to create content for you, I'm right here. I'm right there. That's number three. And this is it. This is this is the top three. This is for all the marbles When I tell you three, and you know what's left, I think your mouth is gonna open a little bit about if not to one. I think you're gonna be like, wow, wow. Number three again, tentpole film. Everyone identifies Pixar from this film number three Monsters Inc.

Duane Willey:

Yeah, great movie. That's the movie I was saying a few minutes ago. My kids currently at this very moment, are in the next room watching Monsters Inc, currently. And that's why when I was looking at my list, I said I probably in hindsight, already would have would have been higher than I did. It's such a great movie, and I was just watching 15 minutes of it, what a great movie

Marc Valentine:

Dwayne had it six. This was my number two film. I it was really fun. I used to so I was in a former life, I was a social studies, economics. You know, basically, I was a social studies teacher. And at the end of the year, as a reward, we would teach economics and supply and demand through Monsters Inc. It was the end of the year, the kids, the kids were like, you know, it's it's kind of like that awkward year where you that awkward point of every school year you collect the books, there's not a lot of new curriculum, kids are on Field Day. They're kind of like being sent to school to fulfill the state requirements. So I would show Monsters Inc. And then I would use like minni lessons to talk about supply and demand. And again, it was like seventh grade. So you didn't get too complex with the concept of it. But we would frame supply and demand and like, essentially, like all these macro economic principles, through the lens of monsters inc, and it was the most enjoyable week, I had to watch a half hour clip. And we were like kind of getting them into the summer vacation mode. But like I love monsters inc love it. Yeah. Great movie. So good. Are you guys ready? This is it Top Two. We only have two left. Number two. And I have to be so our top to the panel. And we agreed we were in lockstep with our top two. Number two warmed my heart. This was this was the one that I was like, this was the dark horse that I was rooting for the entire competition. Because I love this film. It like is just a really great film. I love the lessons and the morals of it. Number two. Coco.

Duane Willey:

Yes,

Jon Hinson:

ha It's awesome.

Duane Willey:

Love it.

Jon Hinson:

Yeah,

Marc Valentine:

here's how amazing coco is as a film. People love frozen all things frozen. When Disney attached a frozen film The short to this. People were actually upset that there they thought it was gimmicky that they thought the film was so good. They just wanted it to stand on its own and people like take frozen out of it. Please just show us Coco we don't want you to Don't try to get us to the theater to Coco by by priming is promising us frozen. Just give us coco. That's how good it is.

Jon Hinson:

Yeah, they literally removed it too.

Marc Valentine:

And they took it off. And they took it off. Yeah.

Jon Hinson:

Yeah, coco so great. I had no idea. Like, I didn't even watch a trailer. Honestly, I just went and saw and like, I cannot believe it. It was so good. And I felt like it was so like, honestly, I didn't see it coming like the villain and stuff. I did not have any clue. No, no,

Duane Willey:

I think that's one of the reasons that it was so good to me is I didn't see it coming. You know? Yeah. And it was like, and just the whole film, there was the music. And the visual, I think was great. It's

Jon Hinson:

like the marigoldsthe marigolds floating. Pretty

Marc Valentine:

The colors.

Duane Willey:

And yeah, it's just, I just thought it was great. And you know, we I've been talking we've all been talking about our kids again, this was a movie that I went and saw the very first time with just me and my son. And we both were just like, wow, we left there. And we were all pumped up. And I think

Jon Hinson:

Yeah,

Duane Willey:

he home told the rest of the family that we all went back and saw it again

Marc Valentine:

It's so good. Yeah, I love the end, where he sing into his grandmother to get her to remember.

Duane Willey:

Yeah.

Marc Valentine:

And like that, that moment. He like it's just, it's so it's so good. And I like I could watch that again and again and again. And it doesn't matter if it's the 10th viewing or the 15th. That moment holds just as much weight as the first time that I watched it where I'll just stop. Like I could be cleaning the room and my daughter's watching Coco and that'll come on and I'll stop Pause whatever I'm doing just to watch that. Yeah, that moment is just so good.

Jon Hinson:

And so calming too like, you know, the whole movie,

Marc Valentine:

it is right. But like some of it, some of these movies just from the standpoint of, they're just such great teaching tools for kids like, and that's the other thing that unfortunately, it took us until coco to really get into this aspect of it. But I love the way that Disney will broach specific topics. And the topic of death is such a heavy topic. And yet, that movie focuses on and is centered around the idea of people being gone, and yet never been gone. And I remember like, right after we watched that my daughter took out all these old photos that we had of dogs that again, she'd never really remembered and or knew and put them on her dresser. And I'm like, What are you doing? And she's like, this is my ofrenda to all of my dogs. And like, I I tried not to overreact to that. But like, I was like, Oh my goodness, like what? What an amazing thing that like, she would see the videos of the dogs that had like they were they were older when she was like two and three. So she didn't remember our dogs Macy and she didn't remember Bailey. And she did not remember Zoey. But like she would see them in videos, we would show her videos for crawling whatnot. And she put these pictures up on her thing. And she said, This is my ofrenda like these were my dogs and they'll always be with me are like whoa, like, again, yo, you think you're watching cartoons. And these are more than cartoons like these are some powerful films. And like, kudos to Disney. I'm so glad that this was number two, I almost jumped up for joy when I saw that I got this. high, Dina is going to be so excited. Dina was like, really into this list. And she loves Coco. And I love the film. Like I just think it's a great film for kids to you know, it's and it's not just about death. It's also about family. It's also about finding your place. It's also about part of being something that's much bigger than you. It's about passion. Like it's just a great movie.

Jon Hinson:

It has the truth always comes out too.

Marc Valentine:

And I can't we I speaking of coco I can't we we all know it's gonna happen it's just now at this point it's a matter of money when that IP becomes a bigger part of the park and I think I really think it's going to become part of Epcot. I love I love the Three Caballeros love that ride. But I will love when Coco takes over the Mexican Mexican pavilion and there's and that becomes a Coco boat ride. I can't wait to see especially having done john right, the projections of like runaway railway Can you imagine what the projections are going to look like for when across when you transform?

Duane Willey:

Yeah, crazy. It's gonna be amazing.

Jon Hinson:

And there's so much potential there I really hope they like actually do it.

Marc Valentine:

Yeah, I think I think they're going to at this point like it really it seems like Epcot has become a place for IPS it looks like I mean right now it's it's on hold. But Mary Poppins is going to be going over into England. You have Remi is going the the Remi is adventure is going over in France. They just took over one of our big news that we had on our Friday Night Live, we do news now on Friday nights over at our group and we do a live podcast there. Disney took over Morocco. And they took full ownership of the Moroccan Pavilion. So now that they don't have that that relationship with offending, you know, offending anyone with the state not wanting to like and I understand this, like the state would not want to have it be cartoony. But now that Disney owns that and it's going to be inspired by Morocco and not run by the government agency. You can have a lot more Aladdin in that pavilion as well. Germany's been kicked around for something for years, and people have talked about like a snow a Snow White based attraction over there. So I think it's just a matter of time as Epcot grows. You're gonna see Coco there. I can't wait. So gentlemen, this is it. I don't I would not say it's a surprise Dwayne your two for two now. But you had to Dwayne won Everest. He had it was Duane's revenge. I don't know if this is really your revenge at this point. Like this is um, you know, like, I wouldn't say it's like The Empire Strikes Back because I wouldn't say you're the Empire. Like you're you're on a roll, buddy.

Duane Willey:

Yeah. Well, I mean, I think there's, there's a lot of people obviously a lot of people feel the same way.

Marc Valentine:

So let's make it. Yeah, let's make it official number one. Is Toy Story.

Duane Willey:

Yes. Absolutely, Round of applause.

Marc Valentine:

The original, you cannot beat it. It was number one for all three of us by the way. Yeah, there was no like in our last vote where rockin roller coaster pulled some of our votes. This This did not wind up pulling anyone's vote. Everyone was decidedly at number one Matt's going to be super excited that this was number one. I think Matt would have quit the podcast if this wasn't number one. Matt would have been like, I'm done. I'm swearing it off. I unsubscribed Mark have a good life. I don't know What is going on? We matched the people's vote. And you know, it was it was pretty overwhelming to by the way. 62% of people had this one in their top five.

Duane Willey:

That's awesome.

Marc Valentine:

Listen, it's it's what started everything. I if I have one critique about Toy Story, but one, I hope that they utilize technology, I would love to see them update the tech in it. And to and to give it a little bit more of a polish. Because when you watch it compared to four, it's a noticeable change. I would like I want them. I don't want them to get rid of it like they did with Star Wars where there is no more like the original cut is gone. It's all Special Edition. Now. I don't want that. Because I appreciate Toy Story is in history of filmmaking. The original you can't throw it away. I would like to see an extended or like an elaborated version of it where all of the gloss is thrown on it. I think that would be cool. Yeah,

Jon Hinson:

yeah. Maybe for like the 30th anniversary. It's coming up,

Marc Valentine:

Sid. Sid is looking a little worse for wear. I don't know. When was the last time he saw Toy Story but like Syd. He's legit. He's always scary. But he's, he's scared.

Jon Hinson:

glitchy.

Marc Valentine:

He's real scary. He's like the Yeah, he's like the glitch in a video game that you're playing video game and all of the all of the surfaces don't render, right. That's what Syd is like when you go back and watch it.

Duane Willey:

Yeah.

Jon Hinson:

too funny.

Duane Willey:

I love that movie, though. I was telling you before, not the movie itself stands on its own. But for me again, emotional connection is where it's at. Because this was the movie that my wife and I was our first date. Our very first date, obviously, before we got married, was to see the movie Toy Story of all things. And then my kids both just loved it as well. And my even my daughter when she was little, she would carry around Buzz and Woody. She had a woody doll. And they his arm didn't tear but his vest did. And I had to have his vest repaired. And I mean, it was like, you know, just the whole thing it was our kids were all in my wife and I were all in in so you know, it just holds such a special place. And like you said, not just the emotional connection but the connection between Buzz and Woody. And then just all the other characters all the supporting cast, you know, Rex and ham and Slinky Dog and it's just Bo peep I mean, it's on and on the army man. I mean, come on the green army man. They're awesome. Yeah.

Marc Valentine:

I think that's what for me, I know that we I know we got into a little bit about the love the love hate relationship that people have with four. But that's the thing I think I loved about four was I felt I felt like four was the was a better ending for woody that I thought that that was the ending. I don't think that's the ending the crew deserved. It was the ending that woody deserves. All right, but the end for me, when people were like, yo, you're gonna you're gonna choke up a little bit when you know, Woody and Buzz go their separate way, like that moment where like, where they say to infinity, and then they're not even in the same place. And then you get the beyond. Yeah, it was too much for me at that moment. But you know, again, like, and what I like what I've liked about this episode, guys is, you know, we're not just talking about like the scenes or whatnot. Like, it's the thing that are great about these Pixar films. What's great about the Pixar studio, is the way that they've used these animated films to bring about more than just a cute story about toys. When you're a kid, you watch them. And that's what it is like you love the characters. And then you get older and you watch things again, like there's films that I grew up on as a kid, and I'll go back and watch, and there's innuendo or there's things I never noticed. But the thing I love about Toy Story is especially the last one about four is you identify with, we've all had friends who come in and out of our lives at various points, and they're no longer in your life. They're not gone, but they're not a part of your life anymore. And it doesn't diminish the relationship that you had. And you you'll remember and recapture that moment of time and they'll always be with you, no matter where you go, no matter move on. And so like that, to me was that moment where I connected as a human being and thought of all of the friends that I had. had over the course of my life, as I've grown and matured, and many of them, they have families of their own, many have moved acro... Like, as I say this, I have my best friend in the whole world lives across country. I called him, you know, he's like my brother, and he still is like my brother and I miss him tremendously. But he lives in California. And like, he's the buzz to my Woody. Like, I'm off doing my own thing. And he's off doing his own thing in California. And yet we are, we are very much just like, appreciative of everything that we ever had in our story. So that to me was what I loved about that moment was it made me sort of reflect upon that human element of no matter where we are in our lives, or how geography or whatever separates us, we always will have that and we'll always be together. And that's what's so great about the movie people were like, but they're gone. They'll never be friends again, I'm like, they're always going to be friends. They'll always have each other. I love and that to me was the perfect ending. That woody got his happy ending, and yet everybody was where they were supposed to be. If that makes sense. It was

Jon Hinson:

They'll all come together again, for five

Marc Valentine:

For five, Pixar if you're listening. So they will all come together again for five. When Andy goes to the fair and wins woody back in the game and give him to his son. And it all comes again, full circle, you're going to all be happy. And then you'll thank me.

Duane Willey:

Yeah, it's let me throw a little a little hook in that. They put it on Disney plus, as a series, they do it 10 episodes 30 minutes series And they wrap it up real good.

Marc Valentine:

Let's do it.

Jon Hinson:

If we if if we live long enough to do a live action remake.

Marc Valentine:

Call my agent I want I want 10%. Gentlemen, this was so much fun again. I had Dwayne, we got it. We got to start thinking of the next list. Hey, we've, you know, we have some great episodes here. Thank you so much again to these two gentlemen, for joining us from for the love at Disney World. Thanks for all the work you put in. I know that this one too, with everything going on lately. You know, we're in that we're in the midst of, of like, the craziest time of year and like to get people to just come out and vote was was a little bit tougher this time. But thank you so much for all the work that you did. Thanks for your contributions as well. Continuing contributions to the podcast. hope you had a good time. It's not even see you later. It's let's let's get the next one. going. I'll see. I'll see you.

Duane Willey:

Yeah, see you real soon.

Marc Valentine:

Thank you. Take care. Thank you again so much for joining us here at Disney life podcast. I hope you had a fun time with this this week as we talked about our favorite Pixar films. Join us again next week as we have a really special interview. I don't want to spill the beans but this is going to be one that you definitely do not want to miss. And again, check out all of our old episodes over at www.disneylifepodcast.com go on to the website. Like Subscribe and rate our podcast and check us out on Instagram at Disney life podcast where we share some of the beautiful pictures of our contributed john Hinson. Have a great week. Thank you all for tuning in. And I hope the rest of your week is filled with faith trust and pixie dust. see you real soon. Disney Live podcast is brought to you by traveling with Lissy. You can find them over at travelingwithlissy.com. Well listen is there to help you plan your dream vacation, whether that's Disney universal or another destination. Leave the details to Melissa and enjoy the beauty of your destination without the hassle of the planning. Most of you may be asking why to book with the Disney travel agent. Why not? Traveling with Lissy will actually save you money by always price monitoring and applying deals or promotions to your reservation. They are the ones that are staying on hold for hours so that you don't have to. It's a common misconception that using a travel agent costs more. They are completely free to use. That's right folks. They are completely free. Disney pays them to take care of your every travel need. And they're also there to deal with any problems that may arise while you're visiting the parks. So instead of spending your valuable time at the front desk, you could be in the parks with your family while Melissa is on the phone dealing with any problem. Interested in a free quote, head over to www.travelingwithlissy. om and let Melissa help you st rt planning your dream vacati n today. Again, that's www.tr velingwithlissy.com

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Duane Willey serves as the administrator and social media manager for the highly successful FaceBook Disney Communities, For the Love of Disney World and Mouse Marketplace. He also helps manage marketing for Enchanting Escapes by Lori across social media. Duane's love of Disney stemmed from childhood and took root during family trips to Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida. Duane has shared with the show his emotional connection to Disney that has been passed on from one generation to the next. As a Disney Dad, Duane's passion for Disney has inspired his family, who now see Disney through his eyes. He and Marc are kindred spirits in their approach to Disney World, and Duane is a frequent contributor to the podcast and great friend of the show. He coordinates the polls for some of the most outstanding episodes and is well known on social media for his engaging and sometimes hilarious social media polls and queries. He takes great pride in his ability to handily defeat Melissa and coordinate his fans to outpoll Melissa twice now in DLP poll episodes, but still laments his catastrophic loss to Melissa which he hopes to avenge in 2021. While he enjoys Toy Story Mania, the defeat that he suffered at its hands weighs heavy on his mind to this day. :)

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Guest Host, Media Curator, Official Photographer

Jon Nathan Hinson is a portrait artist in the Orlando area. Disney World quickly became his home as adult even though he grew up in Florida. Jon is on the admin team for several Disney groups including Mouse MarketPlace, For the love of Disney world, Disney life podcast and for the onsie. He enjoys all things Florida and sunshine. Photographing is his passion at the parks and beyond. Jon’s photographs have been featured all over the world including national & international television stations. Jon has a beautiful wife and adorable son. Together they visit Disney world weekly and share their adventures with everyone who wants to hear. You can follow along at www.Hinsonphotography.com