April 20, 2010
What makes Pixar successful is its creators and writers way of finding alternative view points in their characters. This rang true especially in class when we discussed how the plot line of Toy Story 2 was based around the fears and concerns from the view point of a child’s toy such as being forgotten, lost or replaced by an upgraded toy. Your Friend the Rat is a Pixar short that does such the like. It is world history told through the viewpoint of the rat in hope of helping “oppressed rats everywhere!”
The rats make the argument that 1. Dogs look up to humans, 2. Cats look down on humans but 3. Rats are at the same level. This shifts to the rat’s take on their version of world history.
The rat’s global perspective is that humans and rats need each other and it is a biological symbiotic relationship. Rats eat human’s trash. They are made like humans anatomically, so they are partners in science with humans in battling diseases. They are also misunderstood since it was the flea that caused the Black Death and not the rat itself. Another fantastic, adorable example of how Pixar looks through the eyes of characters such as toys and rats to highlight different perspectives.
*If you want to see this video follow this link, its on veo and not conventional utube or google