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Chicago – The animation in Pixar Studio’s latest feature ,“The Good Dinosaur,” is nothing short of extraordinary. At times throughout the film, the images looked like they came right out of National Geographic, and I truly couldn’t believe i was watching animation. However, this delightful animation is in service to an undistinguished prehistoric buddy comedy that wouldn’t be out of place in an episode of “The Flintstones.”
The studio’s worst film, “Cars 2,” was hitched to the comedy of Larry The Cable Guy as Mater. It was a dimwitted personality, but at least it had a personality. – this film shows almost no hints of personality at all. “The Good Dinosaur” most closely resembles one of Walt Disney Studios’ confused and rambling projects from the 1970’s. It lacks direction and overarching vision, plus much of the film seems just thrown in to see if it will work »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
'Tis the season to annoy everyone by using "'tis the season" way too many times when talking about holiday stuff. Halloween hasn't even happened yet, but the Christmas decorations are already taking over drug stores so ABC is just going ahead and announcing its 2015 holiday lineup. It's something to look forward to after the candy is gone, anyway, and since the "Toy Story 20th Anniversary Special" and "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown" are involved, you should definitely mark your calendars.
Here's a chronological list of holiday programming highlights, via ABC:
Friday, November 27
"Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" - In the perennial favorite created in 1970 by Rankin-Bass Productions ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman"), Fred Astaire narrates this timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. The vocal cast features Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle, Keenan Wynn as Winter, »
- Gina Carbone
Brad Bird ended his 2004 animated family adventure The Incredibles with the perfect set up for a sequel. A new threat in The Underminer (John Ratzenberger) had surfaced, and the Parr family . now embracing their superhero identities . was ready to engage. It.s possible Bird may start with this idea for The Incredibles 2, because the director is starting to reveal how threads from the original movie are definitely influencing his upcoming sequel. Brad Bird was speaking with ComingSoon at an event to promote the DVD release of Tomorrowland. Naturally, Bird.s upcoming The Incredibles 2 came up, and the director revealed that several ideas he had while working on the original film have helped him shape the overall direction of the sequel. He says: I had a bunch of ideas that I wanted to put in The Incredibles, but they just didn.t fit. . There were little scenes and things »
Pixar's latest Inside Out is in cinemas now, and the film is positively jam-packed with Easter eggs for the eagle-eyed among you.
1. Pizza Planet Truck
The pizza delivery truck, a 1978 Gyoza with the licence plate RES1536, has made an appearance in every single Pixar movie with the exception of The Incredibles.
The vehicle apparently makes three different appearances, and seeing as lead character Riley and her mother visit a restaurant (getting served a broccoli pizza of all things!) then it's safe to say that's one moment to look out for.
A113 is the name of a first-year classroom at California Institute of the Arts that saw Pixar luminaries such as John Lasseter and Brad Bird pass through (Bird even dropped a reference into a Simpsons episode he directed).
In Inside Out, »
“Once you do something, you never forget. Even if you can’t remember.“
A beloved film from the brilliant Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki delivers truly amazing video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release.
People call Hiyao Miyazaki the Japanese Disney and Spirited Away from 2001 is considered one of his very best, if not his masterpiece. The film starts like a fairly typical take on Alice in Wonderland or Narnia. A girl is bought into a fantasy world and has to find her way back. But Miyazaki takes it even further. His heroine, ten year old Chihiro is a typically modern girl, upset about moving into a new home and afraid of new changes in her life. But after her parents take a detour into a strange tunnel she finds herself trapped and worst of all, her parents have been turned into pigs.
Miyazaki’s fantasy vision is quite simply jaw dropping. »
- Tom Stockman
Let's all buy a round for Norm: Sitcom classic Cheers is being developed into a live theater version by CBS, with shows – under the straightforward name Cheers Live on Stage – expected to debut in 2016. The production will "showcase classic moments" from the series, Radio Times reports (via A.V. Club), though the company hasn't confirmed if any original cast members will be involved.
The original Cheers premiered in 1982 and ran for 11 seasons on NBC, overcoming low ratings in its first season to become one of the decade's most popular programs. »
Every few years at press tour, I find myself sitting down with Bill Lawrence — creator, co-creator and/or showrunner of “Spin City,” “Scrubs,” “Cougar Town,” “Ground Floor” and NBC’s “Undateable,” which returns for a second season Tuesday night at 9:30 — to talk about the state of TV comedy. As a guy who broke into the business during the ‘90s sitcom boom (his early jobs were on “Boy Meets World” and “Friends”), who’s worked extensively on both traditional multi-cam sitcoms and filmed single-cam comedies, and has now worked for both broadcast and cable (with “Cougar Town,” which concludes its run at the end of this month, he’s done both), he can take a global view of the genre in a way many of his contemporaries can’t, and he remains one of the champion talkers among showrunners of comedy or drama. Back in January, we talked about letting »
- Alan Sepinwall
You can always count on Pixar to deliver something original, and rather brilliant. Of course, the studio makes its sequels – also brilliant – but the concepts it produces are, without exception, beautifully developed. The next one to arrive is Inside Out – and this idea is, frankly, next-level stuff. This idea doesn’t just entertain children, it takes us inside the mind.
Check out the plot summary below:
“From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy-Award winning director Pete Docter (Monsters Inc, Up) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney Pixar’s original movie, Inside Out, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind.
“Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, »
- Sarah Myles
You gotta hand it to a company like Pixar. Sure, they’re developing sequels to “The Incredibles” and making a “Toy Story 4,” but the studio’s been very devoted to creating their own original stories. And when they do make sequels, “Monsters” and “Cars," they’re based on their very own unique concepts. In fact, in the upcoming few years, we’ll be treated to another slate of new original films like “The Good Dinosaur,” a film centered on the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, and their upcoming picture “Inside Out.” Directed by Pete Docter ("Up"), "Inside Out" has a pretty bold concept. It will be set in the mind of a young girl, where five emotions — Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness — try to lead the girl through her life. The voice-cast includes Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, »
- Edward Davis
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