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Disney Pixar to Sell World’s Most Expensive Desk Lamp with UP Blu-ray

This year’s Disney Pixar film is called UP, and though it hasn’t been released here in the UK yet, it has received rave reviews in America where it came out in May. We will have to wait until October to see UP, as seems to be the trend in recent years for Disney Pixar films in the UK.

Back on point, Amazon.com have an exclusive version of the UP Blu-ray which comes packaged with a collectible Luxo Jr. desk lamp. You remember Luxo Jnr., he’s the little lamp fellow from the Pixar credit at the start of each of their films. This package will cost you a mighty $139.99, which considering the normal Blu-ray version costs just $31.99, it means that the Luxo Jr. lamp is costing you $108! Look closely and you’ll see that the lamp has no branding and looks like a standard lamp you could buy for a tenth of the price in any household shop!

The Price is Light!

The Price is Light!

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Rating the Pixar Films

Prompted by episode 40 of the Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod which saw host Aaron Wallace rank the 10 Pixar films, I have decided to do the same. However, as I am yet to see WALL.E and UP, I will only be ranking the first 8 Pixar films. Wall.E is on it’s way (we have the DVD but that’s going back in favour of the Blu-ray – ordering mix-up!) so this list may change sometime soon.

1. Monsters, Inc.

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2. Toy Story
3. Toy Story 2
4. Cars
5. Finding Nemo
6. Ratatouille
7. A Bug’s Life
8. The Incredibles

Possibly the most controversial placing is Cars at number 4 but I loved this film, and have watched it more than any other Pixar film since its release. I thought it was beautifully set (created?) with some sublime animation and a great coming of age story. Interestingly I liked the film Cars before I became a fan of motor car racing, F1 specifically.

As for The Incredibles, I liked this a lot at the cinema but I have struggled to re-watch since then and have never actually managed to watch it all the way through for a second time. Maybe that’s something I should put right, and let’s see if that changes it’s place in this list.

Monsters, Inc. is released on Blu-ray in 4 days and that is something that fills me with joy – to see Sully’s fur (also picked up by Aaron in his podcast) in high definition will be a sight to behold.

Writing this list also reminds me that although I rate Toy Story 1 and 2 very highly, I haven’t seen them a in a while. I actually remember watching Toy Story on DVD around a friend’s house at Christmas in 1996 and dismissing it as a kid’s film when it was suggested to watch – how wrong I was, and how enthralled I was for the subsequent 81 minutes.

Interesting bit of trivia is that only Toy Story/Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo and Cars have attractions at Disneyland Resort Paris:

Crush’s Coaster
Buzz Lightyear Lazer Blast
Cars Race Rally

Unless you count the scream metres from Monsters’ Inc. which reside in Disney Studios? There used to be photo opportunities with Flik and Bruce, plus an Incredibles backdrop to take photos against. Many of the Pixar characters are represented in the parades though. Our last trip was in 2009 so more Pixar representation may be present now.

Incidentally, the podcast that inspired this comes very highly reommended – one of the best out there and a must listen for all fans of anything Disney: Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod

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