The Pixar blooper reels that used to run were insanely funny, and from 1998 to 2001 they were kind of expected since they were a pleasant addition to the films that were also kind of a surprise at the end. Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, and Monsters, Inc. were well known for their use of a bloopers reel even though it had to be a lot more work for the animators to complete. Each frame takes so long to do after all and getting the characters to look right also takes a lot of work. But the effort was fully appreciated since fans took to the blooper reels, looking at them as something that was kind of endearing and made the films that much better.
Bloopers are for the most part the mistakes that are made during filming and something that a lot of actors and directors wouldn’t want you knowing about. Some feel that even knowing about the bloopers takes away from the experience of the overall movie, but in some cases the bloopers are just so hilarious that you can’t help but feel that they become a part of the movie experience that is best left in there because it shows that the movie-making process is not infallible. The actors do make mistakes from time to time be it forgetting lines or reacting in a way that’s contrary to their character and the situation.
In cartoons however bloopers were never a thing that was seen simply because cartoons are not live action and require and honest and purposeful mistake to be made to produce a bloopers reel. Some might argue then that the bloopers reel for the movies mentioned above were not blooper reels at all, but an added bonus to the movie that was given this dubious title. However the manner in which they were made is both whimsical, purposeful, and yet still very much capable of being called a blooper reel.
It’s fun to think that cartoons could have their own lives, feelings, and emotions. And it’s also fun to think that they too could mess up on their lines and actions. This allows people to relate to them just a little bit more since otherwise there is really nothing to do but watch a cartoon movie, enjoy it, and then move on to the next one. The blooper reels at least allowed us to imagine that cartoon characters are not as perfect as they were made out to be for so many years. The dogged determination of those that insist that a blooper reel cannot exist in a cartoon as it would in a live action film is typical of those that don’t want to use their imagination or those that set a well-defined border around their fantasies.
That’s perfectly alright however since each person has to decide how they want to see the world on their own. But the blooper reels that Pixar made all those years ago stretched that imagination a bit more, and the result was ensuing laughter and enjoyment that made the extra work very worth the effort.