Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Pixar's Good Luck Charm: John Ratzenberger

Actor John Ratzenberger has been in every Pixar movie to date, on the strength of handshake deals.

Here's a fascinating stat: according to USA Today, Ratzenberger is the No. 11 actor on the all-time box office earnings list, right after Bruce Willis. You see, not only has Ratzenberger been in all the Pixar movies, he was in two of the all-time box-office smashes, SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (1978) and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980). Over the years Ratzenberger's movies have made more than $3 billion.

If you've never noticed him in TESB, watch the sequence on the ice planet Hoth carefully...

Ratzenberger, who hosted the cable series MADE IN AMERICA, supports an interesting organization, the Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs Foundation, which encourages children -- the inventors of the future -- to "tinker," create, and build things.


Blogger J.C. Loophole said...

Nice to see some news about "good folks" for a change today.Looking forward to seeing UP! Have you seen it yet.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I've heard a couple interviews with Mr. Ratzenberger and he sounds indeed like "good folks," someone with a lot of common sense.

I haven't seen UP yet but the rest of the family loved it. In fact, my younger daughter saw it twice, once with a friend in a "flat" version and once in 3D with the rest of the family. I opted instead for a very rare afternoon at home all to myself (grin). Not sure yet if I'll catch it in a theater -- the family would be happy to see it again -- or wait and watch the DVD on Thanksgiving as I usually do with Pixar movies. :)

Be sure to let us know what you think when you see it!

Best wishes,

5:26 PM  
Blogger jau said...

My son loved it (he's the creator of Facebook's 5-Second Movie Reviews) and so did the "At the Movies" reviewers. It seems well worth seeing. Too bad we can't see it together!! :)

11:54 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Those movie reviews sound neat, Anne. I'm not on Facebook but maybe I can take a peek from one of my children's accounts (grin). Wouldn't it be fun if there were a way to see it together? :)

Best wishes,

12:54 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

So which version does your daughter recommend? The regular 2D or special 3D? I wonder if the DVD will have some sort of 3D on it.

If Reggie's well enough, I'd like to go see UP tomorrow sometime.


4:33 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

She said "Either version is fine." The 3D didn't seem to be a make or break issue for her. Hope Reggie is well enough for you to go!

Best wishes,

4:57 PM  

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