Processed Storytelling

Richard Brody has an interesting, if somewhat discursive blog posting at The New Yorker on “The Problem with Processed Storytelling,” which begins with a discussion of Pixar’s “22 Rules of Storytelling.” Brady says, “Pixar films make me feel as if I were watching the cinematic equivalent of irresistibly processed food, with a ramped-up and carefully calibrated dosing of the emotional versions of salt, sugar, and fat.” However, this is not a rant against all things Pixar, but rather an interesting, if not fully thought through, discussion of the problems of directors who write their own scripts versus collaborative efforts (he sort of opts for the latter).