October 2, 2009

One of the hilarious things about the recent Pixar movie UP is the leitmotiv of someone saying “squirrel!” which, as all dog owners know, drives a dog crazy. For those of you that didn’t see UP, here is a clip that features the squirrel moments. You’ll notice the dog collars that they wear. Those collars translate what the dogs are thinking into English. I love this because I often translate what our dogs say to our visitors.

As Daniel and I have laughed and joked about this for weeks, wouldn’t you know that one of our parrots, Aiko, picked it up. Last night I roared with laughter and Aiko yelled “Squirrel! Squirrel” Both dogs came thundering through the house and tearing into the backyard, outraged that a squirrel would have the audacity to encroach on their domain. Aiko then said “SIT! SIT!! Good dog.”

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Brad Wood October 3, 2009 at 8:59 am

There’s a very positive review of WALL-E, plus reviews of three other books about Pixar, in the 8 October 2009 New York Review of Books (“Pixar Genius”, Christian Caryl).

It will probably be accessible online soon, if not already. The issue has other gems, including Julian Bell’s reviews of two books about the nature of art, the second one written by very old friend Denis Dutton, brother of Doug, and the one member of the family from North Hollywood to not be any part of the bookstore business (he is Professor of Philosophy ay U. of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ).

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