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Brad Bird unveiled an early Thanksgiving gift for his fans today. The director announced via social media that he would be reuniting with his longtime composer Michael Giacchino on The Incredibles 2. Giacchino scored the original Incredibles movie, and also worked with Bird on Ghost Protocol, Tomorrowland & Ratatouille - picking up a deserved Oscar nod for the latter. Giachinno's services are in great demand these days, especially in the world of blockbuster movies. Over the last few years, he's produced stellar scores for Inside Out, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and (my personal favorite) Jj Abrams' Star Trek. Bird celebrated the announcement by releasing video evidence of the composer signing his contract in the tweet below: @m_giacchino signs to do the music for Incredibles 2. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! pic.twitter.com/9Ipo2urPvD — Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) November 25, 2015 Are you excited about Giacchino's return? Which of his scores is your favorite? »
Well Pixar, this was an interesting ride.
I walked into The Good Dinosaur expecting a cutesy comedy about two unlikely friends, and left rambling descriptors like “relentless,” “abusive,” and “way ‘effing darker” than any previous Disney tearjerker. To be fair, this not-so-prehistoric tale follows the same formulaic Pixar framework you’ve seen twenty times over, yet we’re leagues beyond some of the studio’s bleakest, gut-punching moments. Realer than Toy Story 3 and its incinerator march towards death. Harsher than Charles Muntz’s plunge in Up. Mortality, fear, isolation – these are just some of the themes that’ll pepper your child’s post-screening questions, which there will be plenty of.
Starting on a sweeter note, we’re introduced to a timid Apatosaurus named Arlo (Raymond Ochoa). He’s the runt of his family, and strives to be a brave dinosaur like his mighty Poppa (Jeffrey Wright) is, but Arlo »
- Matt Donato
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
Speaking at Camerimage, a film festival devoted to the art of cinematography, Patrick Lin, the director of photography on Pixar Animation Studios’ “Inside Out,” explained how his team used virtual cameras and lighting in a similar way to how a cinematographer on a live-action movie would do.
Lin, whose full title on the movie is d.p. — camera and staging, was joined at the panel discussion this week by his fellow crew members Kim White, d.p. — lighting, and Adam Habib, camera and staging lead.
In Lin’s overview of the production process, he explained that whereas in live-action the phrase is “Lights, camera, action,” in computer animation it is “all mixed up.” “It is actually ‘Camera, action, light’ — in other words, it is layout, animation, and then lighting,” he said.
Where animation and live-action differ is that the shooting, or layout, and lighting of a scene are done separately, »
- Leo Barraclough
(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 »
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
Opening March 18, 2016, The Little Prince is directed by Academy Award nominee Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) and features the voices of Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridge, Riley Osborne, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, and Bud Cort. The film is the first-ever animated feature adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince.
Monster Trucks opens January 13, 2017. The live action/CGI animation is directed by Chris Wedge (Epic, Robots, Ice Age). The cast includes Jane Levy, Lucas Till, Tom Lennon, Barry Pepper, Amy Ryan, Danny Glover, Holt McCallany and Frank Whaley.
- Laura Frances
Paramount Animation has confirmed its next five films - including SpongeBob Squarepants 3...
Set up in the aftermath of the release of the wonderful Rango, Paramount Animation has been busily working away on a slate of projects for some time now. SpongeBob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water has already given the fledgling studio a sizeable hit earlier this year (and it remains the most joyously bonkers film of 2015). But now, we know what its next five films are going to be.
Here's what's coming up.
March 18th 2016
The Little Prince, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book, is first. It's directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), with the likes of Mackenzie Foy, Ricky Gervais, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Marion Cotillard and Paul Giamatti on voicing duties.
January 13th 2017
Who said Marvel and DC (read: Disney and Warner Bros.) had to have all the fun when it comes to mapping out film slates? In laying out plans for its animation division, Paramount has nailed down release dates for a number of in-development features, including The Little Prince, SpongeBob Squarepants 3, Monster Trucks and Amusement Park.
Launching first will be The Little Prince, which is now pegged for a theatrical release on March 18, 2016. Directed by Kung Fu Panda helmer Mark Osborne, the animated picture is an adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic book, and it’s spent the past few months or so assembling a star-studded line-up. An international voice cast through and through, Osborne’s feature will encompass Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridges, Riley Osborne, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, and Bud Cort.
Collaborating once again with Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount »
- Michael Briers
Let me tell you something about Adam Jones.
Adam Jones is the protagonist of Burnt, the new movie starring Bradley Cooper. Burnt has been a long time in the works, having been around at least as long as Chef, the Jon Favreau movie about a chef who loses everything and starts over again, which usurped the title of this project. Burnt has a very similar premise, though unlike Favreau's film, it is unfortunately centred around a character as inherently unlikeable as Adam Jones.
Adam Jones (Cooper) is a chef who was disgraced after tanking his Parisian restaurant and getting lost in a spiral of drug abuse. Two years on, he manipulates his former business partner Tony (Daniel Brühl) into giving him control over another restaurant as he attempts a comeback. He's off drugs now, »
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
You may not know Carlos Baena by name, but you’re definitely familiar with his work. As an animator at Pixar, he was involved with classics like Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Wall-e, and Toy Story 3, and at Ilm he worked on films including Star Wars Episode II and Men in Black II. Now he’s striking out on his own as the writer and director of La […]
The post Help Pixar Alum Carlos Baena Make ‘La Noria’, a Beautiful Animated Horror Short appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
If you're one of the 12 people who haven't seen it, the film follows food-loving rat Remy as he secretly teams up with a hapless kitchen boy in Paris to create beautiful dishes. But that alchemy of ingredients takes place place off-screen too: between the visuals and Michael Giacchino's Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated score.
As life-long fans of his work, from Jurassic World and Mission: Impossible to Inside Out and J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot, we dropped him a note to quiz him on how he composes, why he names his tracks with such bad puns - and, »
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 »
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
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
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
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