Brad Bird is a national treasure – from his succinct filmography you can tell his ambitions stand hand in hand with his directorial capabilities, leaving him with enough room to literally make his dreams come true. Bird’s beginnings in animation have taken him from crushing box office disappointments – his debut The Iron Giant was a flop in spite of the following it now has – to some of the most successful films of the age. Very recently he finds himself back on top after the overall disenchantment of 2015’s Tomorrowland as Incredibles 2 smashes away at numerous records related to animated films. Now that Bird has once again earned the Mouse’s favor he can hopefully set his sights on more daring efforts, either in animation or live action.
Bird is constantly battling a creative war between commercial viability and his own artistic authorship, but when it works out in his favor – as it often does – what we are left with is tantalizing. Here’s the list of top Brad Bird films, ranked from average to best. You can find some of these Brad Bird movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
6. Tomorrowland (2015)
Bird’s only true disappointment bears his signature traits of fluid action and relatable populist optimism, but his efforts were largely wasted in one of Disney’s biggest flops in recent memory. Tomorrowland has an interesting premise, good performances by George Clooney and Britt Robertson and obvious craftsmanship behind the camera. However the film’s paltry script is underwhelming in the most overwhelming sense. In terms of satisfying an audience, especially one primed for summer escapism, Tomorrowland purposely gives you exactly what you don’t want, which is admirable in regard to the thematic point of view the film pushes and poison from a cinematic perspective.
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