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Having collaborated with the director on every movie since the release of The Incredibles more than a decade ago, composer Michael Giacchino has become something of a good luck charm for Brad Bird, and he recently took to Twitter to reveal that, yes, the musical maestro would be joining him for Pixar’s long-awaited sequel, The Incredibles 2.
Still more than three years from release, The Incredibles 2 is gradually beginning to rein in the necessary talent, with Bird instated at the helm and now Michael Giacchino on board to orchestrate the sequel’s score. Heck, you can even check out a holiday-themed clip of Giacchino singing thanks to Bird’s Twitter post.
@m_giacchino signs to do the music for Incredibles 2. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! pic.twitter.com/9Ipo2urPvD
— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) November 25, 2015
Bird and Giacchino’s most recent project, Tomorrowland, marks only one of the films cramming up the composer’s ever-growing résumé, »
- Michael Briers
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, »
Working within the framework of family movies with budgets that run into the hundreds of millions, Pixar's animators manage to find room for the personal and the intimate. Indeed, mining the past for affecting, human experiences is at the heart of the studio's writing process, as The Good Dinosaur's story supervisor Kelsey Mann explained to us in September.
"[The story room] is the safest, sacred place where we talk about the movie and our feelings - the way we experience life," Mann said. "We want to capture something real we can put on the screen. Even though our characters are toys or cars or dinosaurs. I can’t stand it when you go to movies and you go, ‘they don’t mean that’. It’s fake, »
It is a shame that The Good Dinosaur should have to be released so shortly after this year’s other Pixar film, Inside Out. Following in the wake of the earlier film, which was an endlessly imaginative analogy for the emotional and psychological development of a young girl, it is hard for any film from any studio to feel like anything more than a tired retread of familiar ideas. The story of Joy, Sadness, and Riley was so stuffed with inventiveness and novelty with gloriously rendered and conceived avatars of abstract concepts that it defied belief. Inside Out was a clear classic, a bold exercise in filmmaking that showed us what exactly animation can do that no other medium could hope to accomplish.
- Brian Roan
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 Good Dinosaur, 2015
Directed by Peter Sohn
An epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.
Prior to the release of the incredible Inside Out earlier this year, there was a worry that Pixar had lost some of their mojo. Underwhelming sequels in Cars 2 and Monsters University sandwiched the divisive Brave and suggested that Pixar had become too ingrained into the Disney lifestyle and were happy to settle for mediocrity. And with the rest of the Pixar slate for the next few years being mostly sequels (Finding Dory, Cars 3, Toy Story 4, The Incredibles 2), we should really appreciate when they bring a new IP to the table. Sadly, The Good Dinosaur is more »
- Luke Owen
“The Women of Hollywood Speak Out” in Maureen Dowd’s extensive New York Times Magazine cover story taking on sexism that permeates the entertainment industry. Dowd spoke with over 100 female actresses, executives and filmmakers for the piece published Friday, weaving in stories of how women have been passed over for top entertainment roles in favor of their male counterparts. She starts with the story of how Colin Trevorrow ingratiated himself to “The Incredibles” director Brad Bird, which landed him in front of Steven Spielberg, and eventually got him the director and co-writer role for “Jurassic World.” Also Read: Reese Witherspoon Rips Hollywood. »
- Jordan Chariton
The first photo is out from "Mud" and "Take Shelter" director Jeff Nichols' forthcoming sci-fi chase thriller "Midnight Special" starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton and Kirsten Dunst. Details remain scarce about the film other than it involved a young boy with "special gifts" with the adults playing the family that wants to protect film. Also involved are Sam Shepard as a religious nut and Adam Driver as a government agent. [Source: EW]
Untitled Eichman Project
The story deals with the team that hunted down and captured Adolf Eichmann, one of the major architects of the Holocaust. He organized the transport of Jews from countries all over Europe to concentration camps. He fled to Argentina at the end of the war, »
- Garth Franklin
(Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)
Featuring an 80-piece orchestra and conductor Tim Simonec, Giacchino’s score is being recorded this week.
So proud to be a part of Zootopia w my friends @DisneyAnimation – @ByronPHoward @_rich_moore pic.twitter.com/8CSQns8tU6
— Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) November 16, 2015
“In a world as vast as Zootopia, we needed someone who could deliver a score that can feel exotic and powerful, but also provide that same emotional intimacy,” said director Byron Howard. “We tell stories with images, Michael tells stories with music. ‘Zootopia’ is a massive film with deep emotional themes running throughout the story, and Michael was the perfect choice to bring the music of this extraordinary animal world to life.”
- Michelle McCue
Walt Disney Animation Studios has released a new international poster for their upcoming movie Zootopia, featuring the tenacious rookie cop Judy Hoops (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) trying to track down con artist Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman). The studio has also announced that award-winning composer Michael Giacchino marks his first-ever feature collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios for next spring's big-screen adventure. Featuring an 80-piece orchestra and conductor Tim Simonec, Giacchino's score is being recorded this week. Here's what director Byron Howard had to say about Michael Giacchino coming aboard to provide the score.
"In a world as vast as Zootopia, we needed someone who could deliver a score that can feel exotic and powerful, but also provide that same emotional intimacy. We tell stories with images, Michael tells stories with music. Zootopia is a massive film with deep emotional themes running throughout the story, and Michael was the »
2015 is a special year for Pixar fans – and animation fans in general – as it marks the first time in the studio’s decorated history that heralds the release of two motion pictures. The first, Inside Out, was a critically adorned coming-of-age tale that was as wonderful as it was original; The Good Dinosaur is the second, which is coming in hot as a fellow new IP.
Taking place in the land before time if you will, Pixar’s brain trust has dreamed up a world largely devoid of humans. That meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs and birthed the yawning Chicxulub crater in Mexico? It sailed on past, preventing an extinction event in the process. And so, that’s where the story of Arlo the Apatosaurus begins.
Due to release in little under a fortnight, excitement for The Good Dinosaur is beginning to reach its crescendo, and earlier today the »
- Michael Briers
Serving up a sweet tale of interspecies friendship and a stunning prehistoric vision of the American Northwest, “The Good Dinosaur” is easily one of the great landscape films of 2015, even if what unfolds against that landscape isn’t always as captivatingly rendered. Pixar’s 16th animated feature centers around a boy-and-his-beast dynamic that will strike some of the same audience chords DreamWorks did with “How to Train Your Dragon,” albeit with a crucial reversal of perspective this time around. That largely successful gambit turns out to be the boldest stroke in a picture that, for all its signature visual artistry, falls back surprisingly often on familiar, kid-friendly lessons and chatty anthropomorphic humor. Clever and cloying by turns, it’s a movie that always seems to be trying to evolve beyond its conventional trappings, and not succeeding as often as Pixar devotees have come to expect.
It’s no knock on »
- Justin Chang
While 2015 brings two original films from Pixar, the next four out of five films from the animation studio will revisit some of their biggest franchises, including Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Cars. First out of the gate is Finding Dory, which brings back Nemo director Andrew Stanton after his jump into live-action with John Carter, and today we have the first trailer. Fittingly debuted by Ellen DeGeneres, who returns as Dory, the story finds her on a journey attempting to learn about her past and family, assisted by Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence).
“It’s a few months after the end of the first movie,” Stanton said earlier this year. “Suddenly, because of a little accident, has a sudden memory of what her parents look like, sound like, and she suddenly has to scratch that itch to go find them. She convinces Marlin and Nemo to help her »
- Jordan Raup
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 »
- Press Releases
Sitting alongside the 42nd annual Gent Film Festival in Belgium (October 13-24), the 15th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards doled out its musical honours with a coinciding orchestral concert featuring the works of leading composers Alan Silvestri, Patrick Doyle and Daniel Pemberton.
Michael Giacchino was awarded with top honours as Film Composer of the Year for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Inside Out and Jurassic World. He was previously the World Soundtrack Award’s Discovery of the Year in 2005 for his work on The Incredibles.
Antonio Sanchez was also a big winner, beating out Bruno Calais (Song Of The Sea), Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game), Hans Zimmer (Interstellar) and Johann Johansson (The Theory Of Everything) for Best Original Film Score of the Year (Birdman).
Sanchez also nabbed the Discovery of the Year Award.
“I remember »
Under strict anti-piracy measures, which included sealed bags and lock-downs on all electronic equipment, Pixar’s story editor Kelsey Mann presented 30 minutes of exclusive footage and sketched images from the highly anticipated The Good Dinosaur at Rome Film Festival.
The giddy animation stalwart iterated to the packed house that several of the scenes had just been completed, with many of his colleagues still yet to see the new material.
Shown in the same narrative arc of the film - Mann introduced scenes and initial storyboard sketches with lead character Arlo (aptly a young apostaurus), along with his parents and two siblings.
Additional scenes showed the tragic circumstance that tears him away from his family, as well as the strange, vast landscape he is forced to travel on his own, where he meets characters including a spiritual stegosaurus, a quirky family of tyrannosaurus rexes and a young boy/ dog named Spot.
“Arlo’s world »
With Pixar's latest, The Good Dinosaur, hitting theaters in a month from now, we'll also be getting a brand new Pixar short. Enter Sanjay's Super Team! Representing animator Sanjay Patel.s (Toy Story 3, The Incredibles) directorial debut, the story looks to revolve around a father and son and the deities that they hold near and dear. Check out a unique blend of 2D and 3D animation styles in this short clip, along... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Best friends are friends forever. The latest charming TV spot promo for Pixar's The Good Dinosaur is a very emotional, very sweet reminder of how important friendship is. The spot takes a quick look back at "20 years of friendship", and all the different stories they've told about friends. "A single friendship can change everything. From Toy Story to The Good Dinosaur, join us in celebrating 20 years of friendship from Pixar Animation Studios." The Good Dinosaur is also about a friendship - Arlo, the apatosaurus, and his human pet that he names Spot. I'm already excited to see this, even moreso after this wonderful look back at Pixar. Here's the new promo "20 Years of Friendship" direct from Disney, celebrating 20 years of Pixar friends: You can also watch the latest full-length Us trailer for Pixar's The Good Dinosaur here, to see even more. The Good Dinosaur is directed by Peter Sohn (director of Partly Cloudy, »
- Alex Billington
While today is just another Friday for most people, the fine folks at Walt Disney Animation Studios are celebrating their 92nd Anniversary. The studio honors this unconventional milestone with a new video, where Disney animator Eric Goldberg (Aladdin, Hercules) draws a number of the studio's memorable sidekicks from scratch. You can watch as the animator as he draws Baymax from Big Hero 6, Smee from Peter Pan, Olaf from Frozen, Louis from The Princess and the Frog, Flora from Sleeping Beauty, Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio, the Genie from Aladdin and Timothy the mouse from Dumbo.
Pixar is also celebrating a milestone of its own, since next month marks the 20th Anniversary of their first feature film Toy Story, which hit theaters on November 22, 1995. The animation studio also released a retrospective video, which showcases the studio's focus on friendship throughout their vast array of hit movies, such as Toy Story, Ratatouille, »
We caught up with writer Damon Lindelof to talk about the film, which is out now on the home formats.
Q: How did this project come about?
A: I was having lunch with Sean Bailey, president of motion picture production for Disney, and we were talking about the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. It was an opportunity to take something that is familiar to people and make something original out of it. So Pirates of the Caribbean has existed as a ride forever, but Captain Jack Sparrow didn’t exist until the movies came along. Sean was saying that it had been challenging to do that for other things in the, theme parks and was there anything that I thought was an interesting opportunity for a movie. »
- Paul Heath
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