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"Floyd says to us all: we could do better. That's part of what makes him a legend." This looks like a gem. FilmBuff will be releasing this award-winning documentary on a legendary animator in theaters + on VOD next month. Floyd Norman: An Animated Life tells an "intimate journey through the life and career" of 80-year-old animator Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator ever at Disney Studios (back in 1956). After working for almost all of his life, he was told by Disney to retire, but has refused to do so and keeps on working with the mantra that he'll "die at the drawing board." Floyd has worked on Disney films like Sleeping Beauty and The Jungle Book and even worked at Pixar on Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc. This trailer promises such an uplifting, inspiring story about a person who totally loves the art of animation and can't give it up, »
- Alex Billington
Comic-Con is in full-swing right now, with San Diego being flooded by excited fans and members of the entertainment industry eager to get their latest big breaking news out. Today, Lionsgate is beyond estatic to let everyone know that pop sensation Sia is set to swing into Equestria for My Little Pony: The Movie. This long-awaited animated adventure also got a new release date, and will be in theaters around the world on October 6, 2017.
Playing the role of pony pop star Songbird Serenade, My Little Pony: The Movie, will be one of Sia's first forays into acting. She will contribute two brand new original songs to the film's soundtrack. Sia joins previously announced A-list talent alongside the Mane 6, including Emmy Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated actress Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Golden Globe-winning actress Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, Gnomeo & Juliet), Tony,  Emmy Award-winning actress Kristen Chenoweth (Rio 2, The Peanuts Movie »
A new trailer has been released for Floyd Norman: An Animated Life.
From filmmakers Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey, the feel good documentary is an intimate journey through the celebrated life and career of the ‘Forrest Gump’ of the animation industry – Disney Legend, Floyd Norman.
In Theaters, On Demand and Digital HD August 26, 2016
Comic-Con Screening & Panel July 22nd tomorrow Friday, (July 22nd at 3:10pm) followed by a Q&A with Floyd, the filmmakers Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey and composer Ryan Shore – a separate panel will be held that evening at 9pm.
Hired as the first African-American at Disney in 1956, Floyd worked on such classics as Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians, to name a few. In 1967, he was hand-picked by Walt Disney to join the story team on The Jungle Book. He would later work at Hanna Barbera on many classic cartoons, including Scooby Doo. His talents would later take »
- Michelle McCue
Floyd Norman: An Animated Life received its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February and won the audience award at the Bentonville Film Festival
It will next screen at the San Diego Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival on July 22.
After Walt Disney’s death in 1966, Norman left and founded Vignette Films, where he developed the original Fat Albert TV special and produced segments for Sesame Street.
He went on to work at Hanna-Barbera on classic cartoons like Scooby Doo before joining Pixar and working on Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc. Now 81, he continues to work at Disney Publishing as a freelancer »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Movies’ voice performances used to be something of an afterthought, at least for audiences. Most people have seen “The Little Mermaid,” but few could tell you the name of the actress who breathed life into Ariel. (Her name is Jodie Benson.)
That’s changed. Dreamworks and the growing legion of Disney imitators realized there was real commercial value in casting celebrities for animated movies. (See: Martin Scorsese as a fish with huge eyebrows in “Shark Tale.”) And, as technology developed a life of its own, the sound of a recognizable human voice has grown especially comforting.
These days, we don’t need to call anyone to have a conversation with our phones. And yet, even in an age when computers can generate photorealistic people, the fully human voice is still inimitable. It’s safe to say that Siri has never made anybody cry (unless it was frustration), but Scarlett Johansson »
- David Ehrlich, Kate Halliwell, Steve Greene, Russell Goldman, Ben Travers, Zack Sharf, Chris O'Falt and Kyle Kizu
Eichinger’s Hands Of A Mother won three prizes at the German Cinema New Talent Awards.
Florian Eichinger’s third feature Hands Of A Mother (Die Hände meiner Mutter) was the big winner at this year’s German Cinema New Talent Awards held during the 34th edition of Filmfest München (23 June - 2 July) which ended at the weekend with the international premiere of Matt Ross’ Captain Fantastic.
Eichinger received the £33k (€30k) award for Best Direction, while his lead actor Andreas Döhler was named Best Actor for his performance as a man who breaks his self-denial to recall having been sexually abused as a child by his mother.
The co-production by Kinescope Film and Bergfilm with Zdf’s Das kleine Fernsehspiel unit, which is the final part of Eichinger’s trilogy about violence within the family after 2008’s Bergfest and 2013’s Nordstrand, will be released theatrically in German cinemas by Farbfilm Verleih on 1 December. International sales are »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Since the first Despicable Me movie landed in cinemas back in 2010, Illumination Entertainment – the company behind the films – has enjoyed a staggering level of box office success. Two Despicable Mes, one Minions, one The Lorax and even the live action-animation hybrid Hop have all hit to various degrees. Minions, its 2015 venture, grossed $1.159bn. Only Frozen, in animated movies, has ever done better.
So important is Illumnation’s animated output to Universal Pictures’ slate that, with DreamWorks Animation now also part of the Universal empire, Illumination boss Chris Meladandri is to creatively oversee both firms’ animated output. Not bad, considering Illumination is under a decade old.
Watching The Secret Life Of Pets, the new film from the firm, couldn’t help but ring an alarm bell or two though. For me, it’s »
Six weeks into Summer 2016 and it has been over a month since the domestic box office last saw a $100+ million opener, but that trend stops this weekend. Disney and Pixar's Finding Dory is looking to not only put a little jolt into the 2016 summer box office, it's also targeting a new opening weekend record for an animated feature. Also looking to make an impact this weekend is the new Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart comedy Central Intelligence while last weekend's top film, The Conjuring 2, looks to deliver a solid second weekend after a strong, $40+ million opening. »
- Brad Brevet
Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column. where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. Originality is something that this summer has seen very little of, as all ten movies in the top ten box office this past weekend consisted of sequels, reboots, or adaptations. This week does feature an original film in the Kevin Hart/Dwayne Johnson vehicle Central Intelligence, but all eyes are on yet another sequel, or we should say sea-quel, with the release of Pixar’s Finding Dory. Here’s a preview of what to expect.
What we are excited about:
Simply put, Pixar is the most reliable studio out there right now. They have been able to crank instant classic after instant classic with Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Up, and last year’s Inside Out. Their sequels (or prequels in Monsters University’s case) have a mixed bag, as Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 are considered masterpieces in animated filmmaking, while Cars 2 does not have that same praise. A sequel to one of their most beloved movies is risky, but bringing back Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton and returning a majority of the cast (including the amazing Ellen DeGeneres), there is no reason to believe Pixar cannot continue with its winning ways.
What we are worried about:
Cars 2 was a misfire because it took an amusing side character from the first installment, Mater, and made him front and center with his own story. The result turned out to be slightly annoying, and while Dory is a much better character than Mater, there should still be some concern over giving Dory her own movie. While the trailers have been solid, they do not seem to be on the same level as Nemo, which is another concern. Finding Nemo is one of the most beloved animated movies of all time, can a sequel really live up that standing? We’ll see.
Critical reception (if any):
Finding Dory has been getting very good reviews as it sits at 94% on RottenTomatoes and 77 on MetaCritic. While those are a step down from Nemo (that has a 99% on RottenTomatoes and 90 on MetaCritic), critics are saying this a worthy sequel that is not only entertaining, but emotionally satisfying as well.
Box office expectations:
Finding Nemo opened to $70.3 million back in May of 2003, and went on to gross $936.7 million worldwide. In those thirteen years, the film has remained a landmark in Pixar’s vast achievements and fans have been hungry for a sequel. This is one of the most anticipated movies of the year and should have one of the year’s biggest openings, Finding Dory should be able to find anywhere from $110-120 million on its opening weekend.
Pixar has the strongest studio resume over the past twenty years, and that includes producing high quality sequels (most of the time). Reviews indicate that they have another hit on their hands that the whole family can enjoy.
What we are excited about:
The idea of putting the Rock and Kevin Hart in an action comedy is genius. The Rock has been a part of some of the more entertaining movies the past couple of years and Kevin Hart has always proven to be a funny man. Those two headlining a movie could prove to be a fun comedy this summer needs.
What we are worried about:
The trailers have been hit or miss to say the least. They seem to put the Rock in awkward situations (the brief clip of a fat Dwayne Johnson singing is enough to give us nightmares) and then a lot of Kevin Hart yelling. Hart’s filmography has not been all that impressive, especially given how funny his stand-up has been. Let’s just hope the chemistry between the Rock and Kevin Hart is funny enough to make us forget about the mediocre trailers.
Critical reception (if any):
There have been no reviews published as of yet, which is a little concerning for a comedy. Granted, last time we wrote that, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping turned out to be a critical hit, so this could turn out to be a good thing.
Box office expectations:
Finding Dory should dominate this weekend, but Central Intelligence is aiming for a completely different demographic. It should play well for those who feel that they are too old for a Pixar movie (which I’m not sure if those people exist). Look for an opening around $25 million.
- Scott Davis
Finding Dory, 2016.
The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Unforgettable, that’s what you are. Well not you fair reader (although we do love you greatly!), the reference alludes to Pixar, cinema’s almighty purveyor of animated delights that have catapulted us through oceans, toy barns, incredible feats of incredible-ness and the inner workings of the young mind. Unforgettable experiences all but none have been quite literally unforgettable than Finding Nemo or more specifically his friend Dory, the absent-minded blue tang that literally crashed into his and father Marlin’s life back in 2003. Thirteen years later (though just the one in ocean years), the threesome haven’t slowed down but is Finding Dory more Toy Story 2/3 than Cars 2?
A year has passed since Marlin (Brooks) and Dory (DeGeneres) fought off seagulls, sharks and countless other obstacles to rescue Nemo from a dentist’s waiting room fish tank and bring him home safely. No closer to remembering her life before meeting the father and son duo, Dory has settled into life with them even helping out with the school trips now and again as a pseudo-school mum but such activities see her soon yearn for her own parents and memories begin to flood back. Desperate to find them, she sets off back into the dark recesses of the Atlantic in search of father Charlie (Levy) and mother Jenny (Keaton).
What is always so true with any Pixar film is just how wonderful all the environments they create feel once you’re transported into them and none more so with both Nemo and now Dory with every element of the ocean floors and aquatic life brought to life with immense detail and beauty. It feels like we’ve never left when Dory kicks off, the blue-green sea rippled with the wonderful sunlight from above as the mesmeric colours of the cove’s are superbly rendered once again. Indeed Pixar has come a long way since the first adventure in terms of technical abilities (hell, even Nemo was leap years forward from their early beginnings) but now at their apex, it really feels as though you are looking into a glass tank or taking a scuba trip into the deep blue such is the majesty of the images.
With original director Andrew Stanton back to take the sequel reigns after his unsuccessful John Carter venture, everything feels like home both in terms of design and look but also in the story department. It would have been very easy to have made Finding Nemo 2, focusing again on the young clownfish as he explores the wonders of the deep but shifting the focus keeps everything as fresh and vibrant as its surroundings. But Pixar equally excels when dealing with the reality of its stories whatever the situation and Dory will pull at the heartstrings as much as tickle the funny bone. Stanton and co-writer Victoria Strouse beautifully balance the laughs with true and meaningful reflections of loss and separation and that our flaws, however, big or small, should inspire rather than suppress. That said, some moments don’t touch the heart as deeply as they should while the final act is perhaps a slapstick stretch too far but it’s never anything less than deliriously entertaining.
And of course, when you have the comedic brilliance of Ellen DeGeneres front and centre, half the battle is won. The comedian and talk-show host has been aching for a sequel to be made and having got her wish she tackles it with full force, filling the screen with both heart and humour. It’s easy to see why such talents as Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton, Ed O’Neill and the always superb Bill Hader when supporting characters such as these as wonderfully realised as everything else on show. Keep those ears peeled for a very funny cameo too.
Any fears that the long-awaited sequel to Nemo was never going to work are slain within minutes as Pixar hits another home run – you’d think they were getting tired by now. Joyous, touching and superbly realised, Finding Dory is a sequel worthy of the name and one that could easily be even bigger than its predecessor. Get the swimming cossies and goggles at the ready and just keep swimming.
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- Scott J. Davis
“Before you catch the sequel that everyone hopes is a little more ‘Toy Story 2’ than ‘Cars 2,’ revisit the movie that had to spoil its own ending in its title,” begins the latest Honest Trailer created by Screen Junkies for “Finding Nemo.”
As usual, the video gives you a detailed, more straight-forward, blunt recap of the Disney and Pixar movie that made everyone fall in love with clownfish and Dory. And yes, the video does touch on the subject of the popularity of clownfish as pets and then the “death of countless fish that kids tried to free down the toilet.”
Read More: Review: ‘Finding Dory’ Is A Compelling Argument In Defense Of Sequels
The heartwarming story will make you reevaluate your life but it will also take you on an adventure that “combines the wonder of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ the excitement of the ‘Great Escape’ and the musical talents of Ellen DeGeneres.”
With “Finding Dory” being released in a few days, the Honest Trailer also hopes that Pixar didn’t go full “Minions” on us (being that the “Despicable Me” spin-off received mixed reviews) and compares the forgetful fish to Guy Pearce’s character in Christopher Nolan’s thriller “Memento.”
Read More: ‘Piper’ Exclusive Clip: Catch a First Look At The New Pixar Short Preceding ‘Finding Dory’
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- Liz Calvario
Piper clip: Our first look at Pixar’s brand new short.
The Piper clip is below – the short film will debut in cinemas before Finding Dory, which is released in cinemas in July.
The short tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.
The Piper clip isn’t very long, but it does give you a look at the high quality animation on display in the short film.
Piper is directed by the animation genius that is Alan Barillaro who has worked on almost every Pixar film as an animator, including A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and the Academy Award®-winning features Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall•E and Brave. On those last three features, Barillaro was given the role of supervising animator and was therefore responsible for overseeing the team of animators who worked to bring the characters in the films to life.
Following his work on Brave, Barillaro went to work with Pixar’s software development team to help craft an animation tool that would help provide additional creative flexibility to the studio’s filmmaking process. As a proof of concept, Barillaro created a short animation test about a small bird – a sandpiper – on a beach. This animation test soon grew into a full-fledged short film, Piper, directed by Barillaro which, as previously mentioned, will be debuting theatrically with Finding Dory on July 29, 2016.
The post Watch a clip from the new Pixar short, ‘Piper’ appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
There’s just a few weeks until we get delivery of a new Pixar short, and to whet your whistle until Piper arrives in cinemas, we have a bunch of new images.
Piper tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore. Piper will debut in UK cinemas with Finding Dory on July 29, 2016.
Piper is directed by Alan Barillaro, who has worked on almost every Pixar film as an animator, including A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and the Academy Award®-winning features Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall•E and Brave. On those last three features, Barillaro was given the role of supervising animator and was therefore responsible for overseeing the team of »
- Paul Heath
Drew Struzan’s art has given us the iconic posters for Back to the Future, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, The Muppet Movie, and so many other beloved films. He also recently did some pro-bono poster artwork for the documentary Batkid Begins, and now his art is on the poster for another documentary, Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, about the Disney animator, the first African-American artist to work at the studio long-term. Earlier this week, news broke of the next opportunity you’ll have to see Floyd Norman: It will screen at Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival, in Bentonville, Ar next month. The festival created by the Thelma & Louise actress champions women and diverse voices in media. But if you don’t live in Arkansas, you can hope to see the feature-length doc in a few months. Michael Fiore, who made the film with Erik Sharkey, told HitFix »
- Emily Rome
The summer movie season is always chocked full of sequels and remakes, and this year is no different. Next month, Universal will bring back Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, where this married couple squares off against a sorority that movies in next door, right when they're trying to sell their house. Yahoo! Movies recently caught up with co-writer and director Nick Stoller, who teased that he found some surprising inspiration in an unexpected source: the Pixar sequel Toy Story 2.
"I looked at the Toy Story movies as inspiration. If the first Neighbors is a dumb, gross, R-rated Toy Story, this is like a dumb, gross, R-rated Toy Story 2. Each of the Toy Storys are telling an emotional story, but they're comedic. They're so successful creatively in terms of the stories they're telling. And they're pretty grounded"
Naturally, the R-rated comedy »
Making a good sequel is not easy. Making a good sequel to a comedy seems to be even more difficult. When Nicholas Stoller was tasked with making a follow-up to his box office hit Neighbors, he went looking at other comedy sequels that were successful in an attempt to find inspiration for his own. Eventually he settled on what was quite possibly the most unlikely comedy sequel as his blueprint, Toy Story 2. While Nicholas Stoller tells Yahoo Movies that he did look at other sequels, like 22 Jump Street, he maintains that, even though the films was also an R-rated comedy, the genres and themes of it were too different to use as a place to start Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Of course, this makes the movie that was looked to an even stranger choice. I looked at the Toy Story movies as inspiration. If the first Neighbors is a dumb, »
Pixar short Piper gets a firs look image, courtesy of the studio.
The Walt Disney Company and Pixar have provided us with a first look at the new Pixar short Piper.
Piper – Concept Art by Jason Deamer (Production Designer). ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
Piper will be attached to the studio’s next big release, Finding Dory, which releases everywhere this coming July.
Directed by Alan Barillaro and produced by Marc Sondheimer, “Piper,” the new short from Pixar Animation Studios, tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.
Here’s a little more about the gifted director.
- Paul Heath
Happy March, dear readers! The Oscars are behind us now, and Disney’s Zootopia comes out this Friday. Speaking of which, this week’s Trailer Trashin’ takes a look at the second trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory.
Premise: Six months after the events of Finding Nemo, Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) suddenly recalls her childhood memories. Remembering something about “the jewel of Monterey, California,” she sets out to find her family, accompanied by Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks). She arrives at the Monterey Marine Life Institute, where she meets Bailey the beluga whale (voice of Ty Burrell), Destiny the whale shark (voice of Kaitlin Olson), and Hank the octopus (voice of Ed O’Neill), who becomes her guide.
My take: Like most living human beings, I love Pixar movies. And after two original films last year, the next offering from the good »
- Timothy Monforton
Disney’s newest animated film, “Zootopia,” currently holds a score of 100 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. A perfect score may not sound extraordinary, but when it is based on more than 75 reviews, that’s actually “pretty rare.” “ reviews at 100 percent is very unusual,” Rotten Tomatoes Editor-in-Chief Matt Atchity told TheWrap. “‘Zootopia’ could be on that road to breaking records.” According to Atchity, the current record holders on the site are “Toy Story 2” (163 reviews, 100 percent), “Man on Wire” (154 reviews, 100 percent), “Finding Nemo” (251 reviews, 98 percent) and “Inside Out” (304 reviews, 98 percent). Also Read: 'Deadpool's' »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
If you were sitting at home watching Sam Smith collect an Academy Award for his Spectre theme "Writing's on the Wall" and thinking, "Strange. I dislike that boring song and think Shirley Bassey would hate it too," you're in luck: Many of us agree and think it's a shockingly drippy entry in the 007 songbook. But is it the worst Oscar-winning song ever? A quick review of Oscar history says no. Phew. Let me first say that I defend several controversial song wins. I think "It Goes Like It Goes" from Norma Rae is as stirring as that year's touted loser "The Rainbow Connection," and I think "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" is as worthy of an Oscar as Dolly Parton's "Travelin' Thru." But the following three songs are not just bad Oscar winners; they're dubious pop culture sensations that scare me to revisit. Let's begin with a »
- Louis Virtel
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