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HCFF: Andrew Stanton on Pixar sequels and Steve Jobs

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Though Pixar is now owned by Disney, it wasn’t so long ago that the prestigious computer animation studio was a subsidiary of Apple. Following Sunday’s Hero Complex Film Festival screening of “Wall-E,” director Andrew Stanton opened up about his experience working with the late Steve Jobs, and the way “Wall-E” was in some ways prescient.

“The iPod had come out on the front end of us working on ‘Wall-E’ and the iPhone had come out just on the back end, and it was so obvious to us that all this is going to happen,” Stanton said. “It’s like Aldous Huxley was right, not Orson Welles. We’re going to incarcerate ourselves because it’s out of pleasure and attraction. It’s like, oh I want that toy, I have to have that toy, and we’ll just start devolving out of our own free will.”

The idea behind “Wall-E’s” cruise liner was to think of the one thing that would be “so sexy on a cruise that you wouldn’t be able to resist.” In the film’s case, it was hover chairs, being able to drink out of a cup and having robots do everything for you. Though it’s a bit of a stretch from the real world, Stanton found the comparisons the Apple’s brand of technology humorous.

But apparently Jobs didn’t quite see the connection. Stanton shared a funny story of Jobs’ first time seeing “Wall-E” with the audience at the screening.

“When this movie was kind on its legs finally and we could see the whole movie and we could see where it was going, Steve Jobs and Bob Iger were sitting in our screening room and watching it, and Steve goes on and on, ‘Yeah, you know, people get seduced, and then they stop doing this and they stop doing that,’ and Bob Iger just slowly looks at him and goes, ‘Who’s fault is that?'” Stanton said with a laugh. “I literally said I am so glad I got to see that.”

When asked what it was about Jobs that made him such a great inventor and developer, Stanton credited it to the Apple co-founder’s “leader gene.”

“It’s not about so I can be the most important person in the room, it’s just that they have some passion, they have some foresight, they can see something that nobody else can see, and you just start to believe that if we don’t see it too, we’re all going to lose out,” Stanton said.

He continued, “[Jobs] just had that gift of no matter how wide you were thinking, he was thinking way out there. And he had a way of describing it that you just got it, and then everybody would just go, ‘Let’s go with him.’ It was amazing to watch. You felt like a million bucks when you could convince him something.”

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.

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Stan Diego Comic-Con

Stan Against Evil returns November 1st.

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Another Comic-Con International is in the can, and multiple nerdgasms were had by all – not least of which were about the Stan Against Evil roundtable discussion. Dana, Janet and John dropped a whole lotta information on what’s to come in Season 2 and what it’s like to get covered in buckets of demon goo. Here are the highlights.

Premiere Date!

Season 2 hits the air November 1 and picks up right where things left off. Consider this your chance to seamlessly continue your Halloween binge.

Character Deets!

Most people know that Evie was written especially for Janet, but did you know that Stan is based on Dana Gould’s dad? It’s true. But that’s where the homage ends, because McGinley was taken off the leash to really build a unique character.

Happy Accidents!

Improv is apparently everything, because according to Gould the funniest material happens on the fly. We bet the writers are totally cool with it.

Exposed Roots!

If Stan fans are also into Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, that’s no accident. Both of those cult classic genre benders were front of mind when Stan was being developed.

Trailer Treasure!

Yep. A new trailer dropped. Feast your eyes.

Catch up on Stan Against Evil’s first season on the IFC app before it returns November 1st on IFC.