Pensive about Pixar is a series of musings observing what separates the studio from many others.
Once a film is over, there should be plenty to think about (especially if the film just viewed was a good one) : what did that character really mean? What does the open-ended finale imply? Or, what does this film say about society? Pixar films often make viewers think about these questions, but they have a little fun at the end too.
Beginning with A Bug’s Life and continuing in Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., and Cars, “outtakes” role after each of these Pixar films are over. In these sequences, the characters flub their lines, occasionally say things related to their personal lives, and prank each other on the filmset. This clever idea implies there are actual film crews on location in Monstropolis (Monsters Inc), Radiator Springs (Cars), among other places.
There are many great Pixar outtake examples and it is difficult to pull out just a few examples. One occurs when a character in Monsters Inc. flubs a line (Smitty), and his partner, Needleman, says to him, “You’re never gonna work in Hollywood again!” Touches like these make the characters seem like flesh-and blood-beings acting in a role.
Toy Story 2 has memorable outtakes as well, which mostly involve Woody pranking Buzz. One memorable gag features Buzz putting on his helmet only to discover that Woody has drawn a mustache on it. One can only image that Woody pulled these pranks while Buzz was sleeping or something like that.
Since the characters are merely working on set to make masterpieces such as Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc, it is implied that they lead their own lives outside of the films themselves. Now doesn’t that add a layer of depth!
Even without these touches, Pixar characters are some of the most realistic on the big screens. But because they are Pixar, the studio goes to “infinity and beyond” to make their characters even more believable and relatable thorough the films’ outtakes.