Dan the Pixar Fan
Something that has popped into my head a lot lately is something pretty apparent but it's fun to get my thoughts out here on the forum. [smile]

Anytime there there is a duo (partnership, buddies-however you wanna say it), they are always the complete opposite to each other. I know this is done on purpose of course and that it is a classic storytelling technique (to add contrast), but it's kind of interesting to think about in regards to Pixar:

Buzz and Woody (1st Toy Story)-
  • All the latest technology, all the oldest technology 
  • Shorter, taller
  • Outer Space, Wild West
  • Mostly Plastic, mostly fabric/stitching
  • Doesn't know he's a Toy/Knows he's a toy


Mike and Sulley (from the original Monsters Inc) -
  • No fir, lots of fir
  • Shorter, taller
  • Wise crack, on the more serious side
  • Mostly unattached to Boo, very attached to Boo

Marlin and Dory-
  • Male, female
  • Father, not a parent
  • Has a memory, has no memory

Mcqueen and Mater (from original Cars)-
  • Young and shiny/pristine, older/rusty 
  • Intelligent, not so intelligent (Sorry Mater, still love ya lol)
  • Likes to live life in the fast lane, likes to take life slow


Wall-e and Eve-
  • Again, old/rusty, new/pristine
  • Male, female (again a given, but hey..opposites still right? [smile]
  • Broke free from his "directive", still focused only on her "directive" (1st half of film)


Carl and Russel-
  • Very old man, very young boy
  • I know there's more here, any others?


There may be others I'm missing as well! You could maybe add Ratatouille in there (Remy and Emile or Remy and Linguini both have an opposite contrast but there really isn't a main duo). Can anyone think of others or add to the sub points of mine?

What's really interesting is if you take time to think about it (which I recommend, I got pretty deep and my mind was kind of blown), they all learn something valuable from the other BECAUSE of their differences (being opposite). I guess that is what they say, opposites attract!
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Bonnie
PixarFanDan wrote:

Wall-e and Eve-
  • Again, old/rusty, new/pristine
  • Male, female (again a given, but hey..opposites still right? [smile]
  • Broke free from his "directive", still focused only on her "directive" (1st half of film)




Lasseter is actually quoted talking about this in "Art of WALL-E". He he adds that WALL-E is ground based and heavy, and EVE is light and always in the air. 

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There may be others I'm missing as well! You could maybe add Ratatouille in there (Remy and Emile or Remy and Linguini both have an opposite contrast but there really isn't a main duo). Can anyone think of others or add to the sub points of mine?


I sometimes count Flik and Dot, or Flik and Atta as Pixar duos. Both have the male and female opposite, and you can count worker and royalty opposites. Flik is older and Dot is younger, and Flik has low confidence in himself through some parts while Dot pretty much always has a high opinion on him. Flik works with his brains more and Atta has the physical advantage with the wings.
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Luis504170
Joy and Sadness!! They are a duo and they will be completely different. There are opposite emotions after all!


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Luis504170
I always new they were different, but watching someone lay it out just completely hits you in the face!

Great job spotting this! *applauds*
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Dan the Pixar Fan
Glad that you found this post Luis! I was actually going to link to it when I saw your Pixar duos post (since it's kind of similar), but you found it first! We were both on the same wave length with this thought I think [smile]

Great point about Joy and Sadness being opposites! I didn't really think about that. From a story/character development standpoint (like we're talking about here in this post), I'll betya it's no coincidence!
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Luis504170
Yeah! You know what they say, great minds think alike!
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