Song of the Day #4,477: ‘Real Gone’ – Sheryl Crow

Continuing my countdown of every Pixar movie…

#10. Finding Nemo (2003)
(down two spots from previous ranking)

We’ve now reached the top ten, and every one of the films to come is excellent — a 4 1/2- or 5-star entry on Letterboxd.

Finding Nemo marked a huge advance in Pixar’s animation, with the undersea world rendered so beautifully it’s almost distracting.

The film has the darkest opening of any of the studio’s movies, depicting the massacre of Nemo’s mother and hundreds of his siblings. It’s remarkable that it’s able to successfully shift tones so quickly after that sad start, and that’s due to the excellent work by Albert Brooks as Marlin. He brings equal parts humor and heart to one of my favorite performances in any Pixar film.

#9. Cars (2006)
(up three spots from previous ranking)

Pixar’s most underrated film, one that has been dismissed as a cash grab and a merchandise machine by people who don’t realize it’s one of the studio’s most thoughtful and touching efforts.

I’m the furthest thing from a racing fan, but this movie brings that world to thrilling life both on and around the track. Back in Radiator Springs, the quiet life is depicted with genuine warmth, and Randy Newman serves up the poignant ‘Our Town’ (sung beautifully by James Taylor), one of his many classic musical contributions to Pixar’s lineup.

Cars is packed with great voice performances but the standout is Paul Newman, who, in his last film role, embodies the grit and pride of the great Doc Hudson.

[Verse 1]
I’m American made, Bud Light, Chevrolet
My mama taught me wrong from right
I was born in the South
Sometimes I have a big mouth
When I see something that I don’t like
I gotta say it

Well, we’ve been driving this road for a mighty long time
Paying no mind to the signs
Well, this neighborhood’s changed
It’s all been rearranged
We left that dream somewhere behind

[Chorus]
Slow down, you’re gonna crash
Baby you were screaming it’s a blast, blast, blast
Look out babe, you’ve got your blinders on
Everybody’s looking for a way to get real gone
Real gone
Real gone

[Verse 2]
But there’s a new cat in town
He’s got high-paid friends
Thinks he’s gonna change history
You think you know him so well
Yeah you think he’s so swell
But he’s just perpetuatin’ prophecy

[Chorus]
(C’mon now)
Slow down, you’re gonna crash
Baby you were screaming it’s a blast, blast, blast
Look out, you’ve got your blinders on
Everybody’s looking for a way
To get real gone (uh uh uh uh)
Real gone (uh uh uh uh)
Real gone (uh uh uh uh)
Real gone (uh uh uh uh)
Uh

[Verse 3]
Well you can say what you want
But you can’t say it ’round here
Cause they’ll catch you and give you a whippin’
Well, I believe I was right when I said you were wrong
You didn’t like the sound of that
Now, did ya?

[Chorus]
Slow down, you’re gonna crash
Baby you were screaming it’s a blast, blast, blast
Look out, you’ve got your blinders on
Everybody’s looking for a way to get real gone

Well here I come and I’m so not scared
Got my pedal to the metal, got my hands in the air
Look out, you take your blinders off
Everybody’s looking for a way to get real gone
Real gone
Real gone
Ooh
Real gone
Real gone

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,477: ‘Real Gone’ – Sheryl Crow

  1. Amy says:

    Both of these films would be higher on my list, certainly higher than the third and fourth installments of Toy Story, but I agree that there’s no quibbling with the very best Pixar films. It just comes down to personal taste and experiences. I maintain that seeing a Finding Nemo for the first time as a mother of a young daughter deeply impacted how I’ve always felt about that film., I can never unsee it through those eyes.

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    I agree that these two movies reflect some of Pixar’s best work, Finding Nemo is clearly top tier, and would be higher on my list, and Toy Story would be higher than Cars.

  3. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    Love “Cars”! I agree that it’s highly under appreciated. For its use of music alone, it immediately becomes top tier Pixar. This has got to be the best opening of all Pixar films from a hype perspective though in terms of creativity “The Incredibles” probably deserves that honor. This movie in my opinion has action, heart, humor, and all the best characteristics that make a great Pixar film. It’s definitely in my top 3, but I respect your placement!

    Always love Finding Nemo too. So many touching scenes that always get me and many humorous parts as well. That movie shines the most for me through its characters and their development. Not one I return to often, but an incredible film without a doubt!

  4. Maddie says:

    No arguments with your top tier so far! Other than that I would have Finding Nemo in the top of the top tier lol

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