This Pixar movie marathon is 15 hours long. Here’s how I plan to survive
The Pixar movie marathon might be the easiest of the bunch for two reasons — it’s not overnight and longer movies lead to adequate breaks.
SALT LAKE CITY — I’m doing it again.
Starting Saturday morning, the Megaplex Theatres will host a seven-film, 15-hour Pixar movie marathon ahead of the release of the new film “Onward,” which marathon moviegoers like myself will see in an advanced screening.
Yes, I am headed back to the theater for another movie marathon. This will be my fourth one after sitting through a 61.5 hour, 22-film marathon for the Marvel Cinematic Universe saga, a four-film, six-hour marathon for “Toy Story 4” and a nine-film, 25-hour stretch for the “Star Wars” marathon.
The Pixar movie marathon might be the easiest of the bunch for two reasons — it’s not overnight and longer movies lead to adequate breaks. With the movie marathon grind, everyone needs good, frequent breaks (and lots of popcorn and soda). But the marathon comes with flaws, too. The Pixar collection of films spans 22 films (if you include “Onward”) but this one only includes six leading up to the release of its newest one. I wish Pixar had gone full blast with a 22-film, 37-hour marathon, but I won’t complain.
As I do before every movie marathon, I have provided a breakdown of my plan to survive, my rankings for the movies I’ll watch and some notes about where you can follow updates from me on the movies, easter eggs I find and the environment of the movie theater.
Where to find updates:
- You can follow me on Twitter (@herbscribner) for updates on the marathon. I’ll be tweeting throughout the entire marathon with the hashtag #HerbOnward. I will also have updates in a live feed here at Deseret.com.
Pixar movie marathon schedule:
- 6:30 a.m. — Check in
- 7 a.m. — “Toy Story”
- 8:35 a.m. — “Monsters, Inc.”
- 10:20 a.m. — “Finding Nemo”
- 12 p.m. — Lunch break
- 12:40 p.m. — “Ratatouille”
- 2:45 p.m. — “Wall-E”
- 4:35 p.m. — “Up”
- 6:15 p.m. — Dinner break
- 7 p.m. — “Onward”
- 9:20 p.m. — Check out
- The Pixar movie marathon might be the easiest of the bunch since it lasts an entire day from sunup to sundown. The overnight really hurt me during the “Star Wars” and Marvel movie marathons.
- I plan to eat unlimited popcorn and soda again. I’ve been trying to diet recently, but I won’t hold back for this marathon. I plan to have one bucket of popcorn per block of movie. So that would be one during the “Toy Story” to “Finding Nemo” run, another during “Ratatouille” to “Up” run and one more for “Onward.” Soda will follow the same pattern.
- All of these movies appear to follow a similar theme — an adventure between a dynamic duo. I want to see what these films will mean to me in the context of working with a best friend. That’s something super important to me.
- I will cry. Guaranteed.
- I’ve been falling asleep more often during movies than in the past. So, it’s likely I’ll pass out during “Ratatouille.”
- Hopefully I will stay awake for “Wall-E” since I’ve never seen it. That’s right. Never seen “Wall-E.”
- I am slightly worried about all the coughing and germs inside especially with the rind worry of coronavirus. Hopefully I’ll be OK.
Rankings for these Pixar films:
- “Finding Nemo”
- “Toy Story”
- “Monsters, Inc.”
My history with movie marathons:
- This won’t be my first rodeo with a movie marathon. Anyone reading this probably remembers my previous adventures. But let me share some of those details so you know I’m not messing around with these marathons.
Marvel movie marathon: In April 2019, I did what only a few could do. I survived a 61.5-hour, 22-movie marathon of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe films leading up to “Avengers: Endgame.” I ate copious buckets of popcorn. The air reeked of feet. I developed a cough because I didn’t get any fresh air. I was such a mess. But CNN interviewed me afterward, so that was awesome. But it was such a grind. I still look back fondly on my time in the theater. I would do it again without a doubt.
- “Toy Story” marathon: In June 2019, I partook in the “Toy Story” marathon. OK, so this one was a little underwhelming but it felt good to marathon-it-up again. The “Toy Story” marathon lasted only six hours with four films. It was simple, sure, but it was still a grind since I had to rush around the theater to make it to the showings after grabbing some popcorn. The movies went by so fast that it didn’t even feel like I had time to watch them. It was a nice breather after the long 22-film marathon.
- “Star Wars” movie marathon: In December 2019, I jumped into a 25-hour, nine-movie marathon event for the release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” I was super pumped for this marathon since I’m a huge “Star Wars” fan. It was a wild run of films. It was cool to see the original “Star Wars” films on the big screen for the first time and to see the prequel films in theaters for the first time since I was a kid. That was awesome. It also brought me new perspective on “Star Wars.” My popcorn intake wasn’t high for this marathon, though. And it was hard to find sleep. But it was still a wicked fun experience.