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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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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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