Effectiveness of irony is Pixar Movies
Thesis Writing – Kurt Teske
“Once upon a time there was_______. Every day, ______. Because of that, ______. Until finally ______.”1
~Pixar's fourth rule of storytelling
“In a stunning turn of events, a superhero is being sued for saving someone who didn't want to be saved.”2 As with many Pixar movies, The Incredibles' main plot is based entirely around irony. The Incredibles is an ideal story that demonstrates Pixar's Fourth rule of storytelling. It begins with a unique character, who winds up in an unpredictable situation.
Once upon a time, there was a superhero. Every day, he saved lives. One day, he was sued for saving the life of someone who did not want to be saved. Because of that, Mr. Incredible and other superheroes were mandated by the government to remain hidden behind their secret identities. Because of that, Mr. Incredible assisted in improving a dangerous weapon, believing it was for the greater good. Until finally, the world needed a true superhero to save them from that very machine.
Pixar's fourth rule of storytelling appears in a majority of interesting and charming stories, but what sets Pixar movies apart from other films in the animated family film genre? Pixar's outstanding storytelling stems from its extensive and extraordinary use of irony. Although there may be a standard formula, Pixar goes above and beyond to make it unique and interesting. Irony is the most frequent and effective literary device used in Pixar's successful storytelling recipe for entertaining its audiences.
Irony is a common literary technique that has Greek origins, meaning “dissimulation” or “feigned ignorance.” Many people commonly confuse irony with coincidence, but it is really defined as an intentional event characterized by an incongruity, or contrast, between what the expectations of a situation are and what is really the case. Essentially, irony is an outcome that is different, possibly opposite of what is, or was expected, often expressed as sarcasm or satire. According to Henry Watson Fowler, an English schoolmaster and lexicographer in The King's English, “any definition of irony – though hundreds might be given, and very few of them would be accepted – must include this,...