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We.re all eagerly anticipating the return of The Incredibles. The 2004 original came during a time when Pixar were at the peak of their powers, as it was the follow-up to Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. And not only did it match this triumvirate of animated perfection but, for some people, it topped it. But will The Incredibles 2 be able to match the original.s quality? Obviously that.s still up in the air. But composer Michael Giacchino has now joined the party to try and replicate The Incredibles. success. Brad Bird, who is definitely writing The Incredibles 2 and is hopefully going to be directing it too, revealed that Michael Giacchino is composing the music for the film in possibly the most modern way possible, posting a Gif of Giacchnio signing the contract to his Twitter account. Obviously you want to check out this momentous cinematic occasion, »
ABC Family's countdown to 25 Days of Christmas just kicked off, but after that, it's time for the real deal! ABC Family's holiday-themed marathon (which follows the equally addictive 13 Nights of Halloween) kicks off on Dec. 1 and goes until Christmas Day, of course, and this year's offerings are all nostalgic and fun. It's exactly what you need to get you in the mood. Get a look at the schedule now to get excited! Related: The Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas Lineup Is Here 11 Holiday Movies You Can Stream on Netflix The 17 Holiday Movies You Have to Watch at Least Once Dec. 1 7:00 a.m. - The Preacher's Wife 11:00 a.m. - Disney's A Christmas Carol 1:00 p.m. - Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas 2:30 p.m. - The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus 3:30 p.m. - Frosty's Winter Wonderland 4:00 p.m. - Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
Sanjay Patel, whose much awaited short feature Sanjay’s Super Team will be played across theaters in India with Disney-Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur releasing on 4th December 2015, has bagged a place on the coveted Oscar shortlist for short films!
Sanjay’s Super Team has been shortlisted with nine other titles out of a total sixty films to advance in the voting process for the 88th Academy Awards.
As tradition goes, there is always a short film attached to every Pixar film upon its release, eagerly anticipated by fans, this is the first time an Indian animator’s film will be attached and played with a Pixar film in theaters. Also this is the first time two Pixar movies are releasing in one year (Inside Out and now, The Good Dinosaur). Sanjay Patel has been with Pixar for almost 20 years. The Good Dinosaur has also been shortlisted in the animation category. »
- BollySpice Editors
The 25 Days of Christmas is coming, but before that, ABC Family (which is changing its name to Freeform in January) has a special November treat for you: the countdown to 25 Days of Christmas! It's its own lineup, which kicked off on Sunday, Nov. 22, and ends on Monday, Nov. 30. It'll stave off your sadness from Halloween being over, give you something to watch over the Thanksgiving weekend, and get you excited for 25 Days of Christmas! Keep reading for the schedule, which is full of movies that everyone loves, plus a Pretty Little Liars special. Nov. 22 5 p.m. - The Parent Trap 8 p.m. - Toy Story 10 p.m. - Toy Story 2 Nov. 23 4:30 p.m. - Toy Story 6:30 p.m. - Toy Story 2 8:30 p.m. - Finding Nemo 12:00 a.m. - The Family Stone Nov. 24 5:30 p.m. - Finding Nemo 8:00 p.m. - Pretty Little Liars »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
What makes a Pixar movie a Pixar movie? Besides sharing some general rules of storytelling, the studio's 15 films often share similar themes of maturity, acceptance, and community, and now Vox has come up with a chart illustrating just how much each film adheres to Pixar's thematic template. (The Good Dinosaur, which comes out Wednesday, is not included.) As you might expect, recent cry-fest Inside Out hits the majority of Pixar's favorite notes — it's the most Pixar-y movie since 1999's Toy Story 2. (By this count, A Bug's Life, Ratatouille, and Brave are the least Pixar-y Pixar movies, though of course it would be possible to come up with a different set of standard that puts those movies near the top.) The only Pixar thing Inside Out and Toy Story are missing? We'll give you one hint: It rhymes with "Walking Tars."See the full-size chart here. »
- Nate Jones
On November 22, 1995, Toy Story, was released to praise from critics and audiences alike. The then small Pixar studio, headed up by Steve Jobs and John Lasseter, created the very first computer generated full-length movie with Woody, Buzz and the rest of the crew returning for Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3. Pixar, under the direction of Lasseter, is now working on Toy Story 4. "We love these characters so much; they are like family to us. We don't want to do anything with them...
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Last November, Pixar made the announcement Toy Story fans had been waiting for, revealing that Toy Story 4 is finally happening. Today we have word that the studio has begun casting, with Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette entering talks to join the voice cast. The Wrap reports that Patricia Arquette will play a laid-back hippie mother in the animated sequel, although no further character details were given.
When Toy Story 3 was released in 2010, the studio revealed that would be the final feature-length movie in the series. The voice cast did reunite several times for a number of short films and animated TV specials such as Toy Story: Small Fry, Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation, Toy Story: Partysaurus Rex, Toy Story of Terror! and Toy Story That Time Forgot. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are reprising their roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, alongside Don Rickles as Mr. Potato »
Somehow Pixar was able to beat the odds and produce a perfect trilogy which consisted of Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3, and for some reason they're tempting fate by heading back to that well once again for Toy Story 4. Both Tim Allen and Tom Hanks will be back to reprise their roles of Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear in the sequel which is to be directed by John Lasseter and written... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Chou arrives at the Shanghai-based company with a broad range of experience, including serving as vice president of original series at Spike TV. She helped launch the network and its original animation programming. Before that, Chou served as director of development at Nicklelodeon and worked as a development executive at Walt Disney Feature Animation, the Disney team oversaw “Mulan,” “Toy Story 2” and “Hercules.”
“Peilin’s prolific background and distinguished achievements bring an invaluable level of expertise to Oriental DreamWorks,” said James Fong, Oriental DreamWorks CEO. “She will be instrumental in advancing our mission to create world-class family entertainment in China for both the local and global markets and I am elated that she will be building our entire feature animation »
- James Rainey
Toy Story That Time Forgot was originally aired on ABC December 2, 2014. It's after Christmas, and Bonnie has a play date with her friend Mason. Mason just got a new video game system, and most people should be able to relate with wanting to play your friend's new [insert whatever system excited you most as a child]. Video games are also brought to light as a potential threat to toys, which they may be. As the Battlesaurs, Mason's toys, are quickly forgotten the old gang we have grown up with enters Mason's room.
This short is a great chapter in the Toy Story anthology that welcomes us back with it's heart and sharp humor. Due to time restraints, things move quickly, which is only odd during some moments with Trixie (Kristen Schaal) and Reptillus Maximus (Kevin McKidd). Of course Buzz and Woody (Tom Hanks and Tim Allen) are present, though a bit more absent than we are accustomed to. It »
- Tyler Richardson
We recently journeyed to Pixar to take a look behind the scenes of The Good Dinosaur. Ryan goes behind the scenes of Pixar's latest.
Over 20 years of feature filmmaking, Pixar has specialised in making us care about the unlikeliest of characters: toys, cars, fish, insects, the emotions rattling around inside the head of an ordinary school girl. It all began, of course, with Toy Story, the 1995 film which transformed the face of animated movies. Its humour, pathos and technical ingenuity were all so natural, so effortless, that it’s easy to forget just how ground-breaking John Lasseter’s film really was.
With each subsequent film, Pixar has explored different themes and set itself new challenges; it’s worth noting that, of the 15 feature-length movies Pixar has released so far, only four are sequels. Pixar’s most recent film, Inside Out, is the latest example of how adept »
Movie sequels are meant to follow the law of diminishing returns, but the following fought that law - and won.
Of course, this is all a matter of opinion, and if you personally think Babe: Pig in the City is better than the original - hint: it's not - do let us know in the comment box below.
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
The best of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy? Undoubtedly. Quite why it's so great is hard to put a finger on, because there are so many reasons, from Heath Ledger's stunning turn as The Joker to that truck flip.
Endlessly rewatchable, this is a dark and complex crime film that brings the very best out of the superhero genre. Just don't talk about The Dark Knight Rises, okay?
2. Toy Story 2 (1999)
Indian movie lovers will get an exclusive chance to see the much talked about ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ short, as it will be specially screened at Mami this Saturday at 2pm. The makers will be screening the short exclusively at the festival, whereas globally audiences can see the short only when ‘The Good Dinosaur’ releases.
The short will be attached to Disney’s Pixar 3D animation film, The Good Dinosaur, releasing on December 4, 2015 in India.
In “Sanjay’s Super Team,” the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn »
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In the 20 years since its release, “Toy Story” has been celebrated with an Academy Award, inspired Disney theme park attractions and landed a perch in the Smithsonian Institution. Leading man Buzz Lightyear even visited the International Space Station for a prolonged float-about.
All of those landmarks came center stage Monday night in San Francisco, where the creators of “Toy Story” and founders of Pixar Animation Studios took a rapt audience on a 90-minute “personal tour” of the film and the company that brought the world computer animation.
It has become almost a cliche to say that Pixar’s two-decade winning streak is owed to the company valuing creative story telling over mere technical wizardry. But the cliche rang true in front of a packed crowd at the Castro Theater, as company pioneers John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton traded inside stories on everything from the naming of »
- James Rainey
A superhero project is coming from Pixar later this year and no, it’s not an “Incredibles” sequel. “Sanjay’s Super Team” is a short attached to “The Good Dinosaur,” checking off a couple of firsts: the first Pixar film to center around Hindu deities, who are like the Avengers, and the first Pixar toon by a director of Indian descent.
A directorial debut from Sanjay Patel, the short centers around a little Hindu boy who prefers Saturday morning cartoons of superheroes while his father wants him to join in morning prayers, until he sees Vishnu, Hanuman and Durga as the Avengers who save him. Patel, who grew up in San Bernardino, Calif., where his parents ran the Lido Motel, says the short is partly biographical.
The day the CalArts grad was to make his pitch for the short to John Lasseter, his son, Arjun, was born and the meeting »
- Shalini Dore
Last November, Disney made the announcement Toy Story fans had been eagerly awaiting, that Toy Story 4 is finally happening. The studio initially had set a June 16, 2017 release date for the animated sequel, but now those plans have changed, with Disney shifting the release by almost exactly one year, to June 15, 2018. As of now, there are no other movies slated for release on that date, but it will be situated directly between two highly-anticipated sequels, Warner Bros.' Godzilla 2 (June 8, 2018) and Universal's Jurassic World 2 (June 22, 2018).
John Lasseter, director of the original Toy Story and Toy Story 2, will direct Toy Story 4, which opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the Toy Story gang. The story was dreamt up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, the storytellers who have been the driving force behind all three Toy Story films. Rashida Jones and »
There’s plenty of Pixar to be had in 2015 — this year marks the first time that the animation studio is releasing two feature films in one calendar year. That’s in part because it’s been a long journey to the multiplex for “The Good Dinosaur,” Pixar’s film set for a November 25, 2015 release. Originally, the project was scheduled to open Thanksgiving 2013. The delay led to media labeling the film a “troubled toon.” But this isn’t the first time the studio found itself needing to take some unexpected extra time with a project. “Toy Story 2” and “Finding Nemo” both got pushed to later release dates, and delay gave Pixar time to work out the kinks in those films and deliver yet another fan- and critic-favorite. Director Peter Sohn — who originally was co-directing the film with “Up” director Bob Peterson before he departed the project — told HitFix he was »
- Emily Rome
New York Comic Con is in full swing this week, and while there, Disney revealed a bunch of release dates for Pixar projects that are due out in the next few years.
"The Incredibles 2" is now expected to hit theaters on June 21, 2019, nearly 15 years after the first flick's release. Fans have been desperate for a sequel ever since "The Incredibles" debuted back in November 2004, and there has been plenty of talk from Pixar and director Brad Bird in the meantime (Disney also revealed at Nycc that most of the main characters, including Samuel L. Jackson's Frozone, are expected to return); now, at long last, moviegoers have a specific date they can circle on their calendars.
"Toy Story 4," meanwhile, has been pushed back from its previously-announced 2017 release date, and will instead debut the following summer. A release date of June 15, 2018 has now been slated, marking the longest drought »
- Katie Roberts
I am not a gun. In 1999, we had fully embraced the future of animation. Toy Story and A Bug’s Life had already put Pixar on the map and Toy Story 2 was due out before y2k forced us to recreate all computer technology (or not). Because not only were fully computer-animated movies coming out (in addition to the Pixar collection, Antz was another fairly celebrated film and the first Shrek was just on the horizon), they had good stories. They had celebrity voices. They had the backing of major studios who were turning what was once known as kid’s movies into a behemoth the whole family could enjoy and pay full price admission for. This is why a brilliant film like Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant largely gets forgotten. A 2-D, low-budget, Warner Bros. animation feature film was never supposed to have an impact on the box office. Add »
- Josh Radde
Loved Inside Out? You may be one of the many people praying for a sequel to this year's animated hit. Pixar is certainly no stranger to creating franchises out of standalone films (see Toy Story 2 and 3, Cars 2, Monsters University, the upcoming Finding Dory, and more), but that doesn't necessarily mean Inside Out will automatically get the sequel treatment. The studio has yet to confirm anything, so we went straight to the cast! We caught up with some of them during a press day for the film, which is out on DVD on Oct. 13 (and Blu-ray on Nov. 3), and picked their brains about what they know. "I have not heard anything about a sequel, but I am hoping that there is one, for sure," said Kaitlyn Dias, who voices Riley. "I would love to be able to continue working on something as - 'awesome' isn't even a good enough »
- Maggie Pehanick
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