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Frozen has just won Best Animation and Best Original Song (for Let It Go) at the Oscars, as well as crossing the $1 billion mark at the global box office ($388.7 million domestic and $611.5 million international). It's Disney's seventh film to cross the $1bn mark, and the second highest-grossing animated film of all time, after Toy Story 3's $1.06 billion.
Frozen is an awesome movie regardless, but it's nice that the film is getting the commercial success and critical plaudits it deserves. It's enough to give you a warm fuzzy feeling inside, whether you're a snowman or not. Some movies are worth melting for. Just maybe not right this minute...
Out of the animated films released last year, Frozen is a worthy winner, but so would have been Despicable Me 2, and The Croods isn't far off in terms of quality. The aptly-titled Epic would also have been a worthy winner, but didn't even receive a nomination, »
The humble movie fist fight. Resolver of conflict, provider of bloodshed and settler of differences. It could easily be considered a great cinematic staple, seen and loved across all genres, including even rom-coms and feature-length Pixar animations.
Whether it’s two men engaging in fisticuffs in an attempt to win the heart of Bridget Jones (more fool them) or Woody laying the Smackdown (Tm) on Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story, it seems no matter the target audience, we all love a good on-screen scrap. In fact, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie was perhaps the most excited I’ve ever been for a film in my life.
But enough about 7-year-old me and his penchant for multi-coloured, form-fitting lyrca violence. The 26-year-old version is made of tougher stuff and with this article seeks to honour the one-sided, the unfair, the downright brutal and often hard to watch one-sided film fights. »
- Sam Forrester
Feature Mark Harrison 5 Mar 2014 - 06:39
For every animated movie that gets made, there are dozens more that never make it. Mark looks at some failed Disney projects...
In the age of the internet, Hollywood studios are much quicker to announce the projects they have in development than they used to be. Now that the demand is there, there's a huge turnover of movie-related news every day, and if you follow it in any significant way, there are probably a whole bunch of projects that you've heard about, maybe even gotten excited about, that never came to fruition.
Still, it's not only via the easier availability of such information that we know about projects that never came to be. At a studio like Disney, projects will get as far as being fully developed in animatic form before falling apart, and the artefacts left behind from such abridged projects have made for some fascinating reading. »
"That's what's so special about stories - they're not predictable." During the Oscars show on ABC, Google aired a commercial they call "We're All Storytellers", a wonderful 60-second spot build mainly around a part of the speech Pixar filmmaker Andrew Stanton (who won Oscars for Wall-e and Finding Nemo) gave in a Ted Talk in 2012. I will fully admit that the TV spot made me tear up, just because it's so beautifully put together, and I don't care that it's a bit cheesy or a bit prophetic, I love it, and I admire what it's saying. Google knows how to make stellar ads built around stories, and here they show they know the dynamics of great storytelling. A perfect ad for the Oscars, and worth a highlight of its own. See the full Google ad below. "We all love stories. We're born for them," says filmmaker Andrew Stanton (of Finding Nemo, »
- Alex Billington
12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards
Here are the results for the 12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards.
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find everything wrong with The Grey in 6 minutes or less; a theory on who Andy’s Mom from Toy Story really is; Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart Take Over Late Night With Seth Meyers; the top 10 Dreamcast games; and 50 movies from 2013 spoiled for you. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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The Best Pictures
- Justin Vactor
Finding Nemo encompasses a tremendous amount of positive imagery that makes up Disney and Pixar’s populous appeal. From learning how to trust family and friends, to overcoming biggest fears and obstacles, Finding Nemo understands how to tap into the audience’s heartstrings and neatly ties in a meaningful message for the viewer to take home. Yet with every good side, there is a dark presence that even Disney can’t back away from. Like many Disney films, from Bambi to Frozen, Finding Nemo deals with a story whose basis stems from a broken household struggling with a great deal of separation. Why does Disney cling onto threads of such despair and heartache? Perhaps it’s a factor many can relate to. Or perhaps it’s a working formula that sweetens the arc of a happy ending. Either way, separation is a tapped fountain of which Hollywood has dipped into time after time again. »
- Christopher Clemente
Costume’s big week.
Every dress worn by Best Actress Academy Award Winners
We featured this lovely infographic by Mediarun on our Facebook page. Roll on Sunday!
Good article on the classic film by Pamela Hutchinson, including a telling quote summing up just how little Audrey Hepburn really understood about costume design: “His (Givenchy) are the only clothes on which I am myself.”
Bobi Garland is Director of the Research Library and Costume Archive at Western Costume. You are about to find out why she is indispensible to the industry.
Costume Designers Guild Awards
Ladies and gentlemen, the winners.
An enthralling theory on the true identity of Andy’s Mum. It involves hats…
Screening Style: Costume, Cinema and Performance
A ‘Symposium on approaches to the study of costume design, Lancaster University, 15 March 2014’. Sounds good. Would like to have been involved in this.
- Lord Christopher Laverty
When I was young and I watched a Disney film, I always rooted for the hero. I wanted Simba to get over his past, and become the king he couldn't wait to be, once upon a time. I cheered for Buzz to fly when he lost his sanity and had teatime in an apron and flower hat. I even hoped that Jack Skellington could retrieve Santa Claus in time for Christmas, despite the fact that it was Jack who ordered his kidnapping in the first place. However, as I've grown older, I've learned to appreciate the antagonists of the Disney kingdom just as much as the heroes, because without them, the stars we hold so dear wouldn't have a challenge to overcome. I've actually found myself relating to these naughty characters, and laughing at their incorrigible nature. With a live-action Maleficent coming out starring Angelina Jolie, I couldn't help but »
- Kalyn Corrigan
In the first few months of 2014 animated feature films seem to be setting the box office ablaze. The Lego Movie has reigned at number one for the past three weekends while a holdover from last year, Frozen hovers in the top ten after becoming the highest grossing animated feature of all time. Both employ state of the art computer technology to give them a fully rounded three-dimensional look (even without the stereo-optic specs). But what of hand-drawn animation? Sure, it’s used for television on popular shows like “Spongebob Squarepants” and “Adventure Time” along with commercials and short subjects. The Disney Studios made history with their traditional-drawn features beginning with the Snow White story in the 1930′s. Then Pixar arrived in 1994 with the first Toy Story and established a new look for feature animation. Almost all new features were made with the new tech, although Disney attempted to revive the »
- Jim Batts
Listen, I know that people are frustrated over the constant barrage of sequels, remakes and adaptations in popular film. And yes, Muppets Most Wanted does technically count as a sequel. But sometimes harsh criticisms can get a little too harsh, like the latest claim that the next Muppets film won’t be nearly as good as 2011′s The Muppets, that the Muppets have no real fans, and that Disney is just killing time with this one “while they wait for Tom Hanks to make Toy Story 4.” Ouch. You might be wondering who would level such a complaint against a near-universally beloved group of terrifying puppet creatures, and… ok, it’s the Muppets that have picked a fight with Muppets Most Wanted. It seems many a Muppet is upset at being drafted into another unnecessary sequel, and the group has decided to air its complaints with the public at large. But they’ve done so by breaking out »
- Adam Bellotto
With more than 80 years of history under its belt, it's becoming much easier to pinpoint exactly the type of movies that'll win favour at the Oscars. Big-scale period epics, war films and musicals always tend to find favour with Academy voters, while on the acting front playing a President or a known historical figure is a sure-fire way to get attention.
But what about the movies that never get a look in? There are certain types of films - no matter how successful or how beloved by audiences - that simply never win big at the Oscars. Perhaps it's down to a lack of campaign push from the studio, the perception that they're not "Oscar movies", or Academy snobbery? Digital Spy takes a look at the films that are perennially ignored in the Best Picture race below...
Gavin Logan on the Oscar race for Best Original Song...
With all the intense, anxious debate surrounding predictions, snubs, and "who are you wearing?" (like any of us really care) people could be forgiven for forgetting that the Oscars is supposed to fun. One of my favourite categories, and one that tends to get overlooked, is Original Song. We all know just how important music is in helping to capture a tone for a movie but maybe even more important is a particular song that can sometimes sum a movie up and make it easily recognisable. If I throw out 'Misirlou', you automatically think of Pulp Fiction. If I mention 'Unchained Melody', it's impossible not to think of that racy pottery scene from Ghost. Although not original compositions specifically written for those movies, the songs will nevertheless be forever linked to them. In terms of original songs, think back to »
- Gary Collinson
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Oscar Voter Reveals Brutally Honest Ballot” — A member of the directors branch who hated everything (except American Hustle) speaks out about who he voted for. Documentaries? Silly. They have a category for cartoons? Preposterous. These are the people choosing “the best” of the year. “The Evolution of the Superhero Movie” — Chris Clow at Movies.com digs into the past. It’s more about the history of comic book storytelling, and less about the movies, but it’s still a great, breezy read. “The misguided detective work work of the CSI: Cinema Scene Investigators” — Matt Singer at The Dissolve rolls his eyes at fans attempting to prove what Bill Murray said at the end of Lost in Translation or to discover who Toy Story’s mother really was. Trivia »
- Scott Beggs
How many teddy bear skins did it take to make Kim Kardashian's coat? We've got to assume the Kardashian household has a giant basement bin of once-loved Teddy Ruxpins and Paddingtons. Maybe Kris Jenner decided to forgo the yard sale and reuse the childhood toys in the name of couture? We can't decide if it's a sweet sentiment or the world's most terrifying Toy Story sequal... Obviously the Keeping Up With the Kardashian's winter warmer isn't made of Build-a-Bear materials, but the tan does have a super huggable feel, plus the color reminds us of the title character from Ted. That said, North West's mamma looks incredible cozy during her East Coast quickie at The Tonight Show with »
In 1995, Toy Story became a real game-changer. For one thing, it launched Pixar, an animation studio that has since established a reputation for being among the best in the world. For another, it raised the bar for computer animation, and for what audiences could expect from cartoons. Toy Story is a movie that still appeals to children and adults, and through its sequels it wove a story so complex and beautiful that fans are still mining it for Easter eggs and hidden gems. Well, a tip of the cowboy hat is owed to Jon Negroni, who composed the unifying Pixar theory. This time he thinks he has uncovered a curious subplot threaded through the Toy Story movies. And it all has to do with Andy's mother. Voiced by Laurie Metcalf, Andy's Mom (or Mrs. Davis as she is credited in the film) gets little screen time over the »
For a little background, Emily was Jessie’s previous owner that we only briefly saw in flashbacks. When she grew up, Emily gave the toy away, which is when Jessie went to storage. But thanks to a few specific clues, it seems highly possible that Jessie magically found her way into the hands of Emily’s son years later.
The first clue is Andy’s hat. It doesn’t quite match Woody’s, and when you watch the flashback with Jessie and Emily, »
- Samantha Highfill
We love Pixar movies around here, not only because they’re charming, adorable and as entertaining for adults as they are for kids, but also because Pixar loves to hide Easter eggs and other nifty little things inside its films. Some of these things are only discovered after multiple viewings and lots of theorizing – like today’s revelation involving Andy’s mom from the Toy Story movies. "Pixar Theory" writer Jon Negroni has penned a really interesting piece tying together Andy’s cowboy hat, the Jessie doll and Andy’s mother that builds and expands on an earlier observation. In that theory, a viewer notes that Andy’s cowboy hat matches the one worn by Jessie in the movies, save for the white-lace band. The author then makes...
- Mike Bracken
Image: The Empire cover for Godzilla
“Andy’s mom has always been a bit of an enigma. In the first Toy Story, we barely even saw her face. That’s all fine because throughout the movies, the real focus has been on Andy and the love he has for those toys.”
Alec Baldwin: Good-bye, Public Life:
“Am I bitter about some of the things that have happened to me in the past year? Yes, I’m a human being. I always had big ambitions. I had dreams of running for office at some point in the next five years. In the pyramid of decision-making in New York City politics, rich people come first, unions second, and rank-and-file New Yorkers come dead last. I wanted to change that. I wanted to find a way to lower the »
Remember last summer, when Pixar superfan Negroni wrote up his incredibly comprehensive report linking all of the studio's movies into one giant, linear universe? It was an ambitious undertaking that resulted in something obsessively researched and remarkably well-reasoned. In short, it blew our minds. And now, he's reemerged with a new theory, this one revealing the secret identity of Andy's mom, pointing to the many clues served up in "Toy Story 2."
Now, remember that heartbreaking sequence in which we learn how cowgirl Jessie (voiced by Joan Cusack) was abandoned at the side of road by the girl who once loved her? You know, the one in which Sarah McLachlan's "When She Loved Me" kicks your emotions »
- Tim Hayne
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