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My first trip to Pixar’s Emeryville campus was 13 years ago. That alone was enough to give me pause when I was invited to the “Inside Out” press day. I’ve done it. I’ve taken the tour. I’ve seen the campus. I’ve met the artists and I’ve seen their amazing work spaces and I’ve had a chance to walk through pretty much every department. I remember standing outside the server room my first time up, looking in at the brain of this remarkable company, amazed at how those racks of black technology represented this collision of all this amazing human artistry. My other hesitation, honestly, was because we were told that we’d be seeing “part” of the movie. I’ve grown wary over the years of seeing movies in chunks because you can’t really react in any meaningful way since you’re not seeing something that’s complete. »
- Drew McWeeny
Tomorrowland might not have wowed critics, or pulled in major numbers at the box office (that has more to do with a marketing campaign that was more John Carter than Toy Story than anything else), but it has some great moments. Yes, it’s wayward and yes it doesn’t quite feel like it fits, but it’s an admirable attempt to stem the tide of cynical and pessimistic sci-fi films.
And at least the agenda to try and be optimistic is a courageous move. It’s just a shame that it’s hamstrung by a bit of a hokey script, and that few will accept the spirit of the film as it’s intended.
As Brad Bird said pre-release, the film actually demands multiple viewings: it is, like one of its key settings, a memorabilia store. Though that is actually where most of the Easter Eggs are to »
- Simon Gallagher
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. The Pixar brand has lately been tarnished with unnecessary sequels and sub-par original fare making fans wonder if the magic has run out of the powerhouse. After all, this is the company that created classics like Toy Story, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Wall-e so after witnessing their recent output in the last few years, a cause for concern would make sense. The good news is the drought is over and Pixar has come roaring back with their latest Inside Out, which premiered in Cannes. It's an adventure built inside the mind of an eleven-year-old girl with her emotions as main characters. It's fast, funny and deeply touching in a way that will entertain kids and sucker punch adults. Pixar director Pete Docter, who last made Up for the studio, is directing once again (with Ronnie Del Carmen assisting as co-director) and that previous film »
- Marco Cerritos
So that's what the Transformers writer's room is going to look like, eh? While I don't tally the worth of a writer based on how many news stories they break, I will admit that I was deeply irritated when the story was first written about the notion of Akiva Goldsman spearheading a team of writers to develop "Transformers" sequels. I'd been tipped about it a few weeks earlier, and I was trying to get a second source I trusted, either at the studio or on the agency side of things. I pushed, and while I was sure the story was right, I couldn't run it. Excruciating. Part of my hesitance was that I didn't want to be wrong on a story like that because it's a threat more than anything. Goldsman and Bay breaking story together? Holy cow. Now Deadline's got a list of names they say are the final hires, »
- Drew McWeeny
We all enjoyed watching Disney films as a child. But did we really watch them closely enough?
Surprising new videos have revealed how Disney movies recycled animation loops, meaning that sequences in the films follow the same patterns.
Snow White and Maid Marian dance in precisely the same way, while Mowgli and Christopher Robin climb in exactly the same manner.
It seems... if you've seen one Disney film, you've seen them all!
Meanwhile, a new video was recently unveiled that shows all the Disney Pixar Easter Eggs you might have missed.
John Lasseter, animation guru and Chief Creative Officer at both Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, gave a special presentation of the companies’ upcoming slate in Cannes today.
The advancements in animation he showed during the session earned some roars of approval from the assembled press and industry guests.
“These two studios are filmmaker-driven studios,” Lasseter said. “Our focus is on telling great stories and we celebrate the heritage of each studio. It’s exciting to be constantly breaking new ground.”
“It’s a very special movie for us,” Lasseter said. “When you look at all the films Pixar has made this could be the most important, It makes you think about your own thoughts, emotions, memories in a different way.” The film opens in France on June 17 (under the title [link=tt »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Pixar Cco John Lasseter made an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival this morning where he delivered a two-hour presentation about the upcoming slate of Disney/Pixar animated films following the gushingly positive reaction to the company's "Inside Out" which screened there few days ago.
Though it has been over a decade since "Finding Nemo," Lasseter confirms that the upcoming "Finding Dory" is a sequel which takes place six months later. Dory and Nemo re-team on an adventure to find Dory's parents who are played by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy.
Their encounters on this trip include a scary visit with a giant squid, a trip through a kelp forest off Northern California, and a place in the middle of the Pacific where shipping containers have fallen off boats. Other characters include octopus and a confused whale-shark named Destiny.
- Garth Franklin
John Lasseter talked about the upcoming slate of Disney/Pixar animated films during an extremely detailed two-hour presentation at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday morning.
The chief creative officer unveiled new clips and plot lines of such titles as Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” the sequel to “Finding Nemo,” and Disney’s “Moana” about a Polynesian princess. Lasseter noted how Pixar will release two movies in the same year for the very first time: “Inside Out,” which premiered at Cannes earlier this week out-of-competition, and “The Good Dinosaur,” which has a Thanksgiving release date.
He also declared that Disney Animation had bounced back, thanks to the success of the juggernaut “Frozen” and the Oscar-winning “Big Hero 6,” saying that the studio had previously suffered from low morale. “It was quite broken when they came in,” Lasseter said about the business 10 years ago. He told his staff: “What would heal them »
- Ramin Setoodeh
I’ve always considered myself somewhat of a theme park and amusement park connoisseur, but at heart I’m a Disneyland fanatic. I’ve been a Disneyland annual passholder for as long as I’ve lived in Southern California. I’ve also had a Universal Hollywood annual pass a couple times, and have frequented their fantastic Halloween Horror Nights. But for […]
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- Peter Sciretta
It's no small coincidence that as Pixar enters its cinematic adolescence, it showcases a film that deals with the challenges of growing up. After changing the world of animation with Toy Story, they rode a meteoric rise, crafting some of the most memorable and celebrated films of all time, each seemingly more original and fresh than the previous. A decade after Disney's reignition with The Little Mermaid made each of their animation projects hotly anticipated after years of being relatively ignored, Pixar took up their mantle, and it seemed they could do no wrong. Of late, however, things have looked a bit bleaker. Arguments can be made for some of their sequels (Toy Story 2 and 3), but not others (Planes Cars 2, Monsters University)....
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On paper, “Inside Out” sounded like another lunatic gamble: an adventure that takes place entirely within the head of an 11-year-old girl, featuring her Emotions as characters — although if anyone could pull off a logline like that, it would be the team that made us care about rats who cook, toys that bond, and robots who fall in love. Sure enough, in execution, Pixar’s 15th feature proves to be the greatest idea the toon studio has ever had: a stunningly original concept that will not only delight and entertain the company’s massive worldwide audience, but also promises to forever change the way people think about the way people think, delivering creative fireworks grounded by a wonderfully relatable family story.
Could “Inside Out” be Pixar’s best movie? Frankly, that question is almost beside the point. Objectively speaking, several of the studio’s previous films work better in terms »
- Peter Debruge
Many Pixar movies contain Easter eggs - hidden nods to other films from the Pixar universe - and now a new video has been unveiled that reveals all the ones you might have missed.
It was also previously revealed that a fifth Indiana Jones movie will be made. Disney bought the rights to future sequels in 2012.
Disney's Lucasfilm is to release Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December. Watch »
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
This is why you have to watch Pixar movies multiple times -- at least once just for the story, one more time for the jokes you missed the first time, a third to appreciate the visuals, and a dozen more times to make sure you caught all the Easter eggs tying the movie to the rest of the Pixar canon.
Many Pixar fans have expertly scoured past movies to sleuth out secret clues, but this is the first time Disney has gotten in on the act itself. Not too long ago, Disney posted a 2 minute, 21 second video called "Pixar Hidden Easter Eggs & Secrets," showing the subtle and not-so-subtle objects that appeared in one Pixar movie and were then referenced in another.
Check it out:
- Gina Carbone
John Lasseter remembers the years before he was considered a visionary. He told people he wanted to make a full length computer animated film. They told him it would never work.
Approaching the 20th anniversary of seminal animated hit “Toy Story,” in November, Lasseter told an audience at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday that he sees a day when a winning full-length film will be produced by a filmmaker armed only with an iPhone or a GoPro.
“People will tell you, ‘That’s not going to work,’ but yeah, that’s going to work,” Lasseter said. “But the reason they say that is because it’s not what they are used to.”
The chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios said that new technologies would continue to emerge, but only gain acceptance in the film community when they proved they could »
- James Rainey
Some of you may have already known this, but there is one particular element of The Incredibles that actually separates it from every other movie that Pixar has produced: it's the only one without a visible Pizza Planet truck. The food delivery vehicle first introduced in 1995's Toy Story has been an Easter Egg in every single movie the animation house has ever made in some form, but fans have spent years searching and failing to find one in Brad Bird's superhero flick. But is it actually in the film? It turns out that even the director doesn't actually know. The Huffington Post caught up with Brad Bird recently, as the filmmaker is currently doing the press rounds promoting his new film Tomorrowland, and the site took the opportunity to ask him about the missing Pizza Planet truck in The Incredibles. Unfortunately, the filmmaker wasn't too much help in »
Chicago – The recently completed 2015 Chicago Critics Festival was heavy on celebrity and filmmaker appearances. One of those special appearances was Oscar nominated actress Joan Cusack, who represented the film “The End of the Tour” on May 6th, and her Q&A was moderated by film critic Richard Roeper.
HollywoodChicago.com talked to both personalities, regarding their careers and their appearances at the 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff).
Joan Cusack of “The End of the Tour”
Joan Cusack is a Chicago treasure, having grown up in nearby Evanston and having begun her movie career with a shot-in-Chicago classic, “My Bodyguard.” From there, she has garnered two Academy Award nominations for Supporting Actress in “Working Girl” and “In & Out.” She also key roles in classics like “Broadcast News,” “Say Anything…,” “School of Rock” and voice work in the “Toy Story” series. She appeared at the Ccff on behalf of director James Ponsoldt »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Dozens of Walt Disney’s trademark characters have already become part of Disney Infinity, the open-world, figure-based video game from The House of Mouse. Mostly the game has focused on Pixar characters from Cars, Toy Story The Incredibles and Monsters Inc., as well as Walt Disney Animation hits Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph. But things have gotten really […]
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- Ethan Anderton
All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice. 1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »
- Jane Hu
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
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