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“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
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.
Vanity Fair has an oral history celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the 1990s best films, Clueless.The line-up for the 2015 Locarno Film Festival has yet to be revealed, but the fest has just announced the news that new films by Hong Sang-soo (Right Now, Wrong Then) and Andrej Zulawski (Cosmos) will be shown.Ace electronica musician Nicolas Jaar has released a free download of his re-scoring of Sergei Parajanov's The Color of Pomegranates.One of our very favorite filmmakers, Claire Denis, is set to make her English-language feature debut, collaborating with writer Zadie Smith and artist Olafur Eliasson. Denis and Eliasson previously collaborated on the above short film.The A.V. Club has an essential interview exploring a side of filmmaking rarely talked about in public, asking »
Disney has made some more announcements for the D23 Expo 2015. This time the announcements involve Pixar’s presence at the Disney fan convention, which includes its first ever D23 Expo floor booth, a bunch of panel presentations and a One-of-a-Kind John Lasseter Hawaiian-Shirt Exhibit. Find out all the details in the Pixar D23 Expo 2015 […]
The post D23 Expo 2015: Pixar Announces Panels, Floor Both and John Lasseter Hawaiian-Shirt Exhibit appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Photo: Disney / Pixar Pixar's Inside Out enjoyed the largest opening weekend for an original property, animated, live-action or otherwise, this past weekend and before the film was ever released I had a chance to sit down with director and screenwriter Pete Docter and the film's producer Jonas Rivera to largely discuss the ins and outs of turning this movie from a seedling of an idea Docter had back in 2009 to the feature film audiences are eating up in theaters right now. How does a movie go from merely being a story about the emotions inside the head of an 11-year-old girl to being the complex, yet simply understood, logic machine Docter and his team of story writers, animators, artists and technical advisors conceivedc What was the thinking behind the fluffy skin of the animated emotionsc How did hand-drawn animation actually help the CG productionc And I have a question about »
- Brad Brevet
When watching the "Family Dinner scene" in director Pete Docter.s Inside Out, you may have noticed something interesting. While the young Riley is shown to have emotions of different genders . with Joy clearly being female and Anger clearly being male . the same cannot be said for the personifications of the emotions in the minds of her parents. There are probably many ways that this can be interpreted . including pragmatic reasons from a marketing and storytelling perspective . but it turns out Pixar Founder John Lasseter has a theory of his own about this interesting difference, and it all has to do with changes we go through as we get older. Lassetter.s thoughts on the matter were actually shared with my by Pete Docter when I had the chance to sit down with him for a one-on-one interview a couple weeks before Inside Out was released. Discussing the genders of »
Anghus Houvouras on the cult of Pixar…
I can remember my first Pixar film like it was yesterday. I was in college looking for an excuse not to study. Like many film enthusiasts the idea of a computer generated animated film had stoked my interest. A friend wandered into the theater green room and said ‘you heard anything about this new Tom Hanks animated movie’. Twenty minutes later we were at an almost empty theater seeing a mid day show marveling at what was very clearly a defining moment in cinema and the future of animation.
Toy Story was an amazing experience. One of those instant classics featuring great characters, amazing visuals (for the time), and a lot of heart. Disney’s animated output had been waning. The 1980’s was difficult for the ‘House of the Mouse’ as their animated features were starting to feel antiquated. They made a massive »
- Anghus Houvouras
It’s fair to say that John Lasseter more than most has helped define modern cinema. Along with his team fromPixar (a company born out of the computer graphics division birthed at George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic and fostered by Steve Jobs), he pioneered the modern CGI Animated Feature. It’s apt then that he’s followed in Walt’s footsteps, taking over Disney Animation and running both studios in parallel, and allowing each to inject its own traditions and personalities into their films.
During this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Lasseter gave a select crowd two hours of insight into where Pixar and Disney animation is headed, providing clips and stories about Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, and hinting at other exiting films on their slate for the next few years.
“These two studios are filmmaker driven studios” according to Lasseter, “our focus is on telling great stories. »
- Jason Gorber
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Poor Pixar. John Lasseter‘s and Ed Catmull’s Northern California-based animation studio is about to release its best movie in years, Pete Docter’s “Inside Out.” And awards-watchers are skipping right past the question of whether it will win the Best Animated Feature Oscar, where it’s an obvious frontrunner, to ask if it can grab a Best Picture nomination. That’s something only three animated films have ever done, and a ridiculous bar by which to measure success. Of those three films, though, two are from Pixar: 2009’s “Up,” which was also directed by Docter, and 2010’s “Toy Story 3, »
- Steve Pond
Twenty years ago Pixar Animation Studios released their first feature-length film: Toy Story. It was the first completely computer generated film out there and changed everything. Every other studio making animated films has been trying to catch up to them, not only in terms of technological achievements but in crafting stories that make everyone old and young laugh, cry, and thrilled. Not every single film they've made has been a home run, but their track record thus far has been pretty impressive. This year's release Inside Out is no exception, arriving as the fifteenth feature in the animation house's stable. Given the occasion, I've taken it upon myself to rank Pixar's first fifteen features to settle once and for all what is the best and worst from the studio. I contemplated bringing in the short films that precede each of their features, as many are just exquisite if not better than the films they accompany, »
- Mike Shutt
What “Tangled” and “Frozen” did for animated fairy tales, “Zootopia” aims to do for talking-animal toons — at least, that’s the take-away from Disney’s side-splitting Tuesday afternoon presentation at the Annecy Intl. Animated Film Festival.
After an oddly timed walk-through of the creative thinking that went into “Frozen” from director Chris Buck (odd considering the fact the film opened more than 18 months earlier), followed by a screening of already-seen spinoff short “Frozen Fever” (which screened theatrically attached to “Cinderella” last spring), the Mouse House delighted the crowd with a forward-looking glimpse of its first-quarter 2016 release “Zootopia.”
Co-directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”) — who ran out on stage dressed in furry rabbit and fox costumes — the film recalls the anthropomorphic style of Disney’s 1973 hand-drawn “Robin Hood,” taking place in an elaborate society where humans don’t exist, but all the different creatures speak, wear clothes »
- Peter Debruge
“At Pixar, we ask a lot of ‘what ifs,’” the studio’s Pete Sohn told a crowd of cartoon devotees (a mix of animation students, professionals and fans) at France’s Annecy Intl. Animated Film Festival: “What if the toys come to life when we leave the room? What if the monsters really were real inside the closet? What if a rat became a world-famous French chef?”
So far, those hypotheticals have yielded “Toy Story,” “Monsters Inc.” and “Ratatouille,” respectively, but according to Sohn, “With (‘The Good Dinosaur’), we would ask the biggest ‘what if’ of all.” With that, he cued a clip in which a gigantic asteroid misses the Earth, narrowly averting a mass extinction event: What if instead of being wiped off the Earth, dinosaurs had continued to evolve?
That’s the hypothetical that audiences will see answered when the film opens later this year, just in time for Thanksgiving, »
- Peter Debruge
The arrival of Toy Story—and by extension Pixar Animation Studios—in 1995 forever changed how we see movies. Not since Snow White and the Seven Dwarves has the medium of animation been so significantly rocked, as new technology brought colorful CG to audiences for the first time ever. In a decade, CG would replace hand-drawn 2D animation as the dominant medium at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the animation world would remain forever transformed. But Pixar’s legacy doesn’t begin and end with technology. Sure, Toy Story ushered in a new visual medium, but it also shook up the animated feature film world in much more fundamental ways. Pixar eschewed the tradition of fairy tales, sing-a-longs, and overly kid-oriented storytelling in favor of a more bold and mature approach. The folks at Pixar—headed up by the future “brain trust” of John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and the »
- Adam Chitwood
Annecy – Annecy attendance has The Big Mo. And Hollywood and U.S. animation at large is driving that surge as the U.S. industry reaches out to the world for talent and markets.
Five days out from the June 15 launch of is 2015 fest edition, France’s Annecy Animation Film Festival and Market were on track for a ovrall 10%-15% accreditation boost, a near dramatic boost. U.S. fest/market participants were up a remarkable 60%, Canada’s by 40%.
Including the Festival’s International Animation Film Market (Mifa), registrations – industry professionals and accredited film school students – look set to come in around 8,000 vs. 7,100 in 2014, reported Patrick Eveno, CEO of Citia, the Annecy Fest’s organizer.
At Mifa, by Thursday, market registrations were over 10% up year-on-year. Mifa will begin its 30th edition on June 17 with more participants than it finished last year’s, Mifa head Mickael Marin confirmation.
Put that down to globalization, often driven by a digital revolution. »
- John Hopewell
“Inside Out” director Pete Docter was barely out of California Institute of the Arts when he got his first mention in Variety in a 1992 ad for Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation, which included his Student Academy Award-winning short “Next Door.” Docter and his cohorts at upstart computer company Pixar would find their way into Variety again in 1996, this time as Oscar nominees for the “Toy Story” screenplay.
Talk about “Next Door.”
Back in the days before the Internet, there was no place to put a short film, so Mike Gribble and Spike Decker had this festival of animation. My student films got selected. It never occurred to me to enter them for Academy consideration until I started working with John (Lasseter), and he said, “Hey, you should enter that.” So I did. And, what do you know, it won.
What was it like going to school at CalArts?
It was cool. »
- Terry Flores
"Zootopia" features anthropomorphized talking animals (no humans) living in a utopian modern world complete with clothing and technology. Jason Bateman plays a "sly fox" con man, who is dogged by a "dumb bunny" cop (Ginnifer Goodwin) trying to solve a missing mammal case. In one scene, the diminutive fox insists on buying a giant cone at an elephant ice cream parlor, while in another he takes the bunny to a Dmv run by slow-mo sloths. It rings all too true. The movie is playing with "stereotype and bias themes," Disney/Pixar chief John Lasseter said at Cannes, as well as the idea that "natural enemies can work together." Read More: John Lasseter Previews Disney/Pixar Slate »
- Anne Thompson
Disney Animation has finally released the first look of its upcoming film “Zootopia.”
This buddy-cop animated movie, which Disney-Pixar Cco John Lasseter described as “classically Disney” at the Cannes Film Festival last month, pairs a con-artist fox (voiced by Jason Bateman) with a bunny cop (Ginnifer Goodwin). The two animals team up to crack a missing mammal case.
The first image, debuted by USA Today, shows the sly fox tripping the self-righteous rabbit.
Disney had revealed only concept art for the film when it first announced the project at 2013’s D23 Expo.
“Zootopia” hits theaters on March 4, 2016.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Everyone was a little emotional Monday afternoon at the L.A. premiere of Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” at El Capitan, where a section of Hollywood Boulevard was closed off to create a colorful carnival of the mind ahead of the screening of the film.
Star Amy Poehler, who voices Joy, used her wicked wit as she was swiftly guided along the purple carpet when she was asked if she’d had any imaginary friends: “No, but I have imaginary enemies, and they’re here tonight,” she joked.
“Oh, I love that! We’re going to be Halloween costumes,” said Phyllis Smith, the voice of Sadness, when someone mentioned that they planned to be Sadness for the fall holiday. Smith, who got to work with Poehler in three recording sessions, a rarity in animation voice acting, said of her co-star: “I was a little intimidated because I’d never worked with Amy before, »
- Terry Flores
Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out. Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else. When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into »
“We ask what-ifs,” said John Lasseter at a recent detailed show-and-tell at Cannes for international press. “What if toys came to life, or a rat wanted to be chef? The next: what if that asteroid missed earth and dinosaurs and human beings co-existed?" Lasseter, celebrating a decade since he took over the reins with Pixar partner Ed Catmull running animation at Disney/Pixar, gave a preview of the upcoming slate with plenty of footage. It looks impressive indeed. Which is what we've come to expect. "2015 is a milestone year for Pixar," he said, with two feature films coming out in one year--three over the next 12 months. First up there’s Pete Docter’s innovative and brilliant “Inside Out” (June 19) which after a delay finally premiered at Cannes and is sure to be a knockout summer hit. Read: Why Pete Docter's 'Inside Out' Was So Hard to Make »
- Anne Thompson
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