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Brad Bird got his start in animation (he directed both The Iron Giant and The Incredibles), so it would be totally appropriate for him to include animation in his live-action work. Unfortunately, we never got to see a cartoon Tom Cruise running around in a special sequence of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. And also unfortunately, we won't get to see the animated sequence produced for his latest, Tomorrowland, as part of the movie. But we do at least get to see it online. Check it out below. This little animated short, created by the folks at Pixar, functions as a backstory prequel laying out some alternate history informing the plot of the feature, which is inspired by the same-named section of Disney's theme parks. Here we learn that Jules Verne, Thomas...
- Christopher Campbell
While Tomorrowland took a tepid photo finish victory during the Memorial Day weekend with $40.7 million over Pitch Perfect 2, the film, itself, was an immense awe-inspiring injection of optimism. However, one intended key piece of exposition in an animated sequence from Pixar was actually cut from the film. Now, that scene jumps from the cutting room floor to see the light of day online. Check it out in all its humanitarian glory! Director Brad Bird would call attention to the posting of this nixed scene. Bird, who made his name with animated epics like The Iron Giant and The Incredibles before moving to the live-action blockbuster arena, initially sought to integrate this Pixar-procured piece into Tomorrowland. However, if you.ve already seen the film, then, for the most part, it.s not telling you anything you don.t already know. That.s because Bird ultimately decided to explore this angle »
Brad Bird got his start in animation (he directed both The Iron Giant and The Incredibles), so it would be totally appropriate for him to include animation in his live-action work. Unfortunately, we never got to see a cartoon Tom Cruise running around in a special sequence of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. And also unfortunately, we won't get to see the animated sequence produced for his latest, Tomorrowland, as part of the movie. But we do at...
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People found better things to do over the Memorial Day holiday weekend other than go to the movies. For the first time in two decades, no film grossed more than $40 million in ticket sales over the long holiday weekend.
Disney’s costly Tomorrowland narrowly edged out Pitch Perfect 2 for the number one spot while Fox’s remake of Poltergeist opened in fourth place behind Mad Max: Fury Road. Experiencing its worst top ten in fourteen years, the North American box office found itself down nineteen percent from last year at this time when X-Men: Days of Future Past led the pack with a $90 million opening and a steep 43% from two years ago when Furious 6 scored $97 million.
Directed by Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Iron Giant) and starring Britt Robertson, George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, Tomorrowland has been a film shrouded in secrecy since the project was announced a few years back. »
It's time for my final Movies This Week post here at Slackerwood. I just want to thank Jette for bringing me on to contribute to this site over the last two years. I've really had a great time covering the local repertory scene and highlighting each week's new releases here in Austin. I've got one last review that will run over the weekend and then next week this site will cease publishing new material. I hope that you've found this a valuable resource and I'm going to leave you with a new one.
My good friend Zack McGhee is one of the biggest cinephiles I know. We met many years ago when we both lived in the Dayton, Ohio area and he worked not only for the Dayton Daily News, but also was a projectionist at the Little Art Theatre. Somehow, both of our jobs brought us here and we've »
- Matt Shiverdecker
The last 10 minutes of a movie are often what shapes our opinion most -- a strong ending can soften our feelings about a bad movie, and a weak, tone-deaf ending can spoil a filmgoing experience far more thoroughly than any overly revealing trailer or review. Tomorrowland is often a breathtakingly gorgeous movie with charming performances, but the ending is so unabashedly lesson-driven and heavy-handed that it's difficult to remember anything but its flaws and missteps.
The movie's opening and closing scenes are meant as bookends, but these are bookends created by your clumsy kid brother in shop class on the day the nails ran short. The first scenes in particular feel like a hurried reshoot/restructure to get George Clooney onscreen earlier. Frank (Clooney) and Casey (Britt Robertson) are speaking directly into the camera, making a video for an unknown audience. With interruptions from Casey, Frank begins setting up the »
- Jette Kernion
It might seem a bit premature for Brad Bird to be given the supercut tribute treatment, considering he's only directed five feature films, but his track record so far is very impressive. He's got three contemporary animated classics under his belt with "The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille." He's also managed to take the "Mission: Impossible" franchise to new heights (literally, the Burj Khalifa sequence is one of the finest moments of the series) with "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol." And while he's made his first misfire with "Tomorrowland" (our review), it's worth remembering that until this point, Bird has been knocking it out of the park. Joel Walden has put together this video tribute and it's pretty slick, well done stuff. Matching cuts from movie to movie, this is a quick run through Bird's movies in just a couple of minutes capturing the spirit, wonder and humor infused in his work. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Now playing in theaters is Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. The film stars George Clooney as Frank, a disillusioned boy-genius who teams up with the optimistic and scientifically-inclined Casey (Britt Robertson) to discover the secrets of the enigmatic place known as “Tomorrowland”. The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Thomas Robinson, and was written by Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Brad Bird. He talked about his first cut of the film, test screenings, deleted scenes, how they landed Clooney, why he made Tomorrowland over helming Star Wars, the status of The Incredibles 2, the possibility of The Iron Giant returning to theaters (I’ve heard it’s happening), and a lot more. If you’re a fan of this gifted director »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Brad Bird is an amazing storyteller. He has a terrific understanding of not only action, but also character, emotion, themes, and structure. So I’m amazed that his latest film, Tomorrowland, is an absolute disaster that’s horribly paced, bloated on runtime but short on story, and crams its cloying message down the audience’s throat. It’s the kind of screenplay I would expect from co-writer Damon Lindelof (who has good ideas but has difficultly constructing them into fulfilling story arcs), but not the guy behind The Iron Giant and The Incredibles. And yet for all of its celebration of Imagination!™, Tomorrowland is a bland, empty spectacle save for its lead actors and the energy they bring to a film that is shallow at best and philosophically despicable at worst. In 1964, young Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson), a brilliant inventor who’s unhappy with his unsupportive father, finds his way »
- Matt Goldberg
Brad Bird’s Disney-produced sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland is the most enchanting reactionary cultural diatribe ever made. It’s so smart, so winsome, so utterly rejuvenating that you’ll have to wait until your eyes have dried and your buzz has worn off before you can begin to argue with it. And you should argue with it — even if you had a blast, as I did, and want to see it again with the kids, as I do — because it’s a major pop-culture statement with all sorts of implications, both vital and nutty.As he has demonstrated in The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, Bird can tell stories with the lightheartedness of a child and the cunning of a master craftsman: His tightly plotted movies feel as if he were making them up as he went along. To reveal too much of Tomorrowland’s zigzag »
- David Edelstein
Remember, before Jj Abrams got the job, when it was basically a daily rumour mill as to who was going to direct what we now know as Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Director after director was linked with the job, including the mighty Brad Bird, of The Iron Giant and The Incredibles vintage.
Bird is currently on the promotional trail for his latest film, Tomorrowland, and he's been quizzed about Star Wars as part of that. In Bird's case, it seems he was actually offered the chance to take Star Wars on, but had to turn the job down. There was actually substance to the rumour in this instance.
Chatting to Yahoo, he said that "it absolutely was [a tough decision]" to pass on Star Wars. "But there »
A film about visionaries from all corners of our world meeting to create a brand new one filled with the advances of the future, Tomorrowland isn't too shy to name drop a lot of historical figures. Figures such as Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and, of course, Walt Disney himself are all mentioned at one point. As if that wasn't a prestigious enough grouping of minds, Brad Bird suggests that another historical heavyweight would have appeared: legendary film director, and avid futurist, Stanley Kubrick. Disney Insider spoke with Bird about his most recent film, as well as a bunch of other projects he's been linked or committed to with the studio in recent times. When the conversation turned to Tomorrowland's various easter eggs for properties such as The Iron Giant and The Simpsons, the question was asked whether there were any concepts that Brad Bird had wanted to include in »
A couple weeks back I got a chance to chat briefly with director Brad Bird and talk about his newest film Tomorrowland. I asked for an update on the long-rumored Iron Giant blu-ray release, what it means and doesn’t necessarily mean to be a live-action Disney film, the super slick modern look of Tomorrowland vs. […]
- Peter Sciretta
I want to believe in Tomorrowland.
Like The Iron Giant and The Incredibles before it, Brad Bird’s latest is a thrilling, original adventure that really wants to make you feel something. It’s a non-sequel, non-superhero affair, powered by old-fashioned sentiments of optimism and hope, whole-heartedly committed to feeding the creative souls of idealistic youngsters in the audience. In a cinematic climate saturated with dystopian gloom and superhero fantasy, the film’s earnest message – that ordinary people can ensure the future of their dreams by fighting for it – is welcome.
What’s less welcome is all the claptrap surrounding Tomorrowland‘s vintage Disney core. As written by Bird, Lost‘s Damon Lindelof and Entertainment Weekly TV critic Jeff Jensen, it’s a movie that tries to run with some admirably big ideas but ends up tripping over its own feet, hobbled by tin-eared dialogue and a third-act shift from ebullient positivity to sanctimonious finger-wagging. »
- Isaac Feldberg
This article contains a big spoiler for Chinatown.
Ah, the mighty Brad Bird. If he'd downed tools after he made the peerless The Iron Giant and never made another film again, we'd still be sending him Christmas cards every year. But then he went and made The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol as well. Gah. Now we have to send chocolates as well.
Bird's latest film, Tomorrowland, arrives in cinemas this week, and we caught up with him to find out more about it. Here's how the chat went...
If we boil down the movies that many of us grew up loving in the 1980s, there's relatable stakes at the heart of them. So, for instance, Back To The Future is at its centre someone trying to get his parents back together. »
I've compiled a list of my favorites from the Paramount Summer Film Classics schedule for Slackerwood since 2012, so it's with this post that the upcoming end of the blog really hits me. It's been a great run, folks.
This 100th year of the Paramount Theatre means there's quite a schedule in store for us this summer. As in years past, films will screen at both Paramount and Stateside. Tickets are $12, which you can purchase online or at the venue. If you plan to see more than a few of these movies, it's probably worthwile to invest in FlixTix (a pack of 10 tickets for $60) or become a Film Fan.
And don't forget your admission covers double features! Without further ado, my last Paramount Summer Classics roundup for Slackerwood:
The Iron Giant (1999) -- The animated science-fiction story of a boy and his giant metal alien friend, which I reviewed last year for Lone Star Cinema, »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
After getting his start on animated shows like The Simpsons, Brad Bird leapt into features with The Iron Giant. He then went on to make the Pixar classic The Incredibles, and his first live-action film, the blockbuster Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. With his new movie Tomorrowland, set to hit theaters, it's as good a time as any to remember why we love him. 1. His Distinct Storytelling Style It’s actually pretty uncommon for a filmmaker to switch from...
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Director Brad Bird has an almost immaculate run of form when it comes to bringing larger-than-life entertainments to the screen. The Iron Giant was one of the most acclaimed animated films of the 1990s. The Incredibles and Ratatouille are among Pixar's best films so far. His live-action debut Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, while not perfect, was perhaps the most entertaining movie entry since the first.
Bird brings his blue-sky storytelling to bear on Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, a eyed sci-fi fairytale with elements taken straight from classic pulp magazine stories. It’s The Wizard Of Oz retold by Ray Bradbury or Hugo Gernsback, with bits of The Terminator and Buck Rogers thrown in for good measure. It’s an entertaining yet sometimes befuddling bag of intricately moving parts, not all of which fit together too well. »
Taking its name and inspiration from the futuristic themed area at Disneyland, Brad Bird's latest blockbuster mines similar territory to his earlier films The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, a pair of dazzling animations that expertly blended heart, spectacle and nostalgia.
Tomorrowland isn't quite up to the level of those aforementioned offerings, but as Hollywood's biggest movies become ever more reliant on being "dark and gritty", brownie points should go to Bird for countering all that by coming up with something that's buoyantly optimistic. It all feels suitably on-brand for Disney, who'll be hoping Tomorrowland hits big at the box office to open the door for further theme park-to-film adaptations (Ryan Gosling and Guillermo del Toro's Haunted Mansion is incoming).
In his Pixar triumphs “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille,” writer-director Brad Bird proved himself not just a wizardly storyteller but also an ardent champion of excellence — of intelligence, creativity and nonconformity — in every arena of human (and rodent) accomplishment. All the more disappointing, then, that the forces of mediocrity have largely prevailed over “Tomorrowland,” a kid-skewing adventure saga that, for all its initial narrative intrigue and visual splendor, winds up feeling like a hollow, hucksterish Trojan horse of a movie — the shiny product of some smiling yet sinister dimension where save-the-world impulses and Disney mass-branding strategies collide. A sort of “Interstellar Jr.” in which the fate of humanity hinges on our ability to nurture young hearts and minds, the picture runs heavier on canned inspirationalism than on actual inspiration, which won’t necessarily keep it from drawing a hefty summer audience with its family-friendly elements, topnotch production values, Imax rollout, endless »
- Justin Chang
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