18 items from 2014
Movies R Fun! is the new book by Pixar animator Josh Cooley, a story supervisor as Pixar Animation Studios who has worked on such films as the Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Cars 2 and Brave. It cleverly translates memorable scenes from classic contemporary films into the format of an “inappropriate Golden Book.” This Saturday night, from 8-10 Pm, G1988 (West) will host a book launch event for Josh Cooley's Movies R Fun! A Collection of Cinematic Classics for the Pre- (Film) School Cinephile offering attendees the first opportunity to pick up the book before its wide release on March 1st. The artist will be in attendance and the gallery will also have dozens of prints as well as original artwork from him for sale. Gallery1988 is located at 7308 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046 »
- Pietro Filipponi
Be prepared for one squirrelly adventure in the action-packed comedy, The Nut Job, starring Will Arnett (Despicable Me, Ratatouille) as Surly, a mischievous squirrel on a mission to prove himself. The Nut Job comes to Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital HD with UltraViolet as well as On Demand on April 15, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD one week early on April 8, 2014.
Surly (Will Arnett) is a mischievous squirrel with a mission: to find the tastiest nuts for winter. When he discovers a whole store filled with his favorite food, he plans a heist of nutrageous proportions. But the place turns out to be owned by ruthless bank robbers so it's up to Surly and his furry friends to stop the nearby bank heist and save the town.
One of last year's most dazzling cinematic experiences was Hayao Miyazaki's supposedly final film "The Wind Rises."
This traditionally animated 2D stunner charts the life of Jiro Horikoshi, a Japanese designer who would go on to mold the Japanese Zero, a sleek fighter jet that would be instrumental in the country's World War II operations. While some have decried the film for romanticizing a war monger, it's really a story of inspiration, invention and imagination -- how his designs were used is almost beside the point. You'll be able to form your own opinion soon enough -- the movie is about to get a wide release, with an all-new English language dub (supervised by Steven Spielberg confederate Frank Marshall), just in time for the Oscars, where it's in the running for Best Animated Feature. And what's more -- we have an exclusive clip!
The clip features Jiro (here voiced »
- Drew Taylor
Josh Cooley is a Pixar storyboard artist who has worked on such classic animated films as "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille" and "Up," but perhaps his most lasting contribution to date comes in the form of these bitchin' children's book-style drawings depicting scenes from such R-rated films as "Alien," "Die Hard," "The Big Lebowski," "The Godfather" and "The Shining." Best of all, all of these and more are available to buy over at his official website! Just please, please promise me that you won't show these drawings to your actual children, because that would be terrible and wrong. That said, if you happen »
- Chris Eggertsen
Good things might happen to those who wait, but the Disney/Pixar masterpiece Ratatouille tells us great things only happen to those who act fearlessly.
“Anyone can cook,” is the quote most viewers leave the film with, and director Brad Bird lets the themes represented by this philosophy—nothing is impossible, anyone and everyone is capable of reinvention—run wild throughout the picture. But there’s another quote, one that comes very early in Ratatouille, that sums up both what the film is about and the true breadth of Bird’s accomplishment. After all, this is a film about a rat who tries and sort of succeeds in becoming a gourmet Parisian chef, and his journey is completely, objectively believable.
Here are the words of our hero’s idol, the late chef Auguste Gusteau: “You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must »
- John Gilpatrick
Looks like animated fairy tale Frozen is on a hot streak and Gravity is going to be hard to pull away from at the Oscars after the members of the Visual Effects Society gather last night at Beverly Hilton to announce the winners of the 12th Annual Ves Awards.
The event attended by 1000 guests was hosted by comedian Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille) with the awards being handed out by Grammy Award winning artist Pharrell Williams and actors Johnny Knoxville (Jackass), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron), Michael Ealy (Underworld: Awakening), Sophie Kennedy Clark (Dark Shadows), Jamie Kennedy (Son of the Mask), Sharon Lawrence (Hidden Palms), Richard Schiff (Se7en) and Alyssa Sutherland (Day on Fire).
The appearance of surprised presenter Sandra Bullock (A Time to Kill) foreshadowed a great night for Gravitywhich won 6 of the 24 categories. Other big winners included Frozen, Game of Thrones and PETA. Pioneering careers were also lauded as previous Ves Méliès »
The opening and closing images in the Toy Story trilogy are one and the same: a picture-perfect blue sky with a couple of carefully placed, nonthreatening fluffy clouds in the middle. While both are computer-generated facsimiles, the former is a facsimile of a facsimile: the comforting wallpaper in the bedroom of a little boy named Andy Davis. The latter is closer to the real thing, greeting the teenage Andy as he drives off to college and out of the lives of the toys with whom he populated his imagination for over a decade. As the series opens, the 6-year old Andy, a suburban Christopher Robin of sorts, proves in the confines of his tiny room, overstuffed with plush animals, board games, action figures, and other toys, that his world of make-believe is limitless. As the series closes, Andy ventures into the known unknown of the real world, secretly wished an »
- Josh Spiegel
Arriving in 2015, the Disney sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland has remained a fairly secretive project ever since it was announced back in May 2012, and that hasn't changed since filming began. Star George Clooney recently teased some new details directly from the set during an Ama (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit to support his upcoming period drama The Monuments Men.
While Tomorrowland is shourded in mystery, we do know that the actor will be playing a 'former boy-genius inventor' who has become disillusioned with the advancement of the human race. A young teenage girl (Britt Robertson) reignites his passion for science, and together, they seek out what has become known as Tomorrowland, which may or may not have anything to do with the Disney Parks attraction.
While the actor couldn't offer any real story details, he did talk about the shooting process, and gave high praise to his director Brad Bird, a »
Movies R Fun! is the new book by Pixar animator Josh Cooley, a story supervisor as Pixar Animation Studios who has worked on such films as the Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Cars 2 and Brave. It cleverly translates memorable scenes from classic contemporary films into the format of an “inappropriate Golden Book.” Let’s face it, reading sucks . . . but movies are fun! In this children’s picture book parody for grown-ups, Pixar writer and artist Josh Cooley presents the most hilariously inappropriate—that is, the best—scenes from contemporary classic films in an illustrated, for-early-readers style. Terrifying, sexy, and awesome scenes from such favorite films as Alien, Rosemary’s Baby, Fargo, Basic Instinct, Seven, The Silence of the Lambs, Apocalypse Now, The Shining, and many more »
- Pietro Filipponi
Plot details are being held under wraps, but the film is based on an original idea by Paramount's Film Group president Adam Goodman. John Kahrs will be directing from a script by Tripper Clancy. The director previously helmed Disney's Paperman, which won him an Oscar.
Paramount has been expanding their internal animated division after its distribution deal with DreamWorks Animation came to an end. Their first project will be the Nickelodeon sequel The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 2. That film will hit theaters February 3rd 2015.
Shedd comes to theaters in 2015. The film is directed by John Kahrs. »
- Anita Agarwal
Tripper Clancy is writing the script, which is based on an original idea from Paramount’s Film Group president Adam Goodman, who oversees the animation division. The studio is keeping the logline under wraps.
Kahrs received the Oscar last year for the Disney animated short “Paperman.”
Paramount revved up its internal toon production operation in 2012 as it prepped for the end of its distribution pact with DreamWorks Animation, which has since signed its output deal with Fox. The division’s first title is a sequel to Nickelodeon’s 2004 toon “SpongeBob SquarePants” with a release set for Feb. 3, 2015.
- Dave McNary
Given the success of other studios’ in-house animation departments, it’s no surprise to see Paramount trying to launch its own version, and planning to bring in with some proven talent. The company has hired Oscar-winning Paperman director John Kahrs to make Shedd.Luring Kahrs away from Disney/Pixar, where he’s worked on the likes of The Incredibles, Bolt and Ratatouille, is a big score for Paramount, especially as we’re sure the Mouse House would want to hang on to someone who has gone on to Oscar victory with one of the loveliest shorts produced by the company.Still, he’s off to pastures new, and will work on a script from Tripper Clancy, which in turn is based on an idea by Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman. And what is that idea? Sadly, Paramount is keeping that one in their private idea shed for now, refusing »
Will Arnett just became an animated superstar this weekend. His film The Nut Job just made the most money for a non-studio animated film Ever. What some might not realize is that while Arnett has been busy becoming a live-action TV star ("The Millers," "Arrested Development," "30 Rock," "Up All Night'), the comedic actor has been knocking out role after role on the big screen as animated characters. Not only does he play Surly in The Nut Job, Arnett has also voiced:
* Mr. Perkins, the villainous bank head in Despicable Me
* The Missing Link in all the Monsters vs. Aliens movies and shorts
* Horst in Ratatouille
* Vlad in Horton Hears a Who
...and numerous other voices in TV shows and films. It's nice because Will is a Fan of animated movies. He tells KidsPickFlicks, "I've been happy to be a part of these animated films because I've watched a lot »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Note to readers: Care about spoilers in your terrible anthropomorphic animal cartoons? Then by all means stop reading, go out and buy a really expensive 3D ticket to this film and learn all of its wonders for yourself. The rest of you can keep going. It's about an Ayn Rand-ian squirrel named Surly (the voice of Will Arnett) who's always looking out for Number One ("I'm just a squirrel tryin' to get a nut," he says in the opening moments, because someone had to). It's also about Surly's battle with a totalitarian Socialist raccoon (Liam Neeson) and with 1950s-era bank robbers using a nut shop for cover. There's a talking pug (Maya Rudolph) and a mute rodent poached in body if not soul directly from Ratatouille, a squirrel-girl love interest...
- Dave White
It was not long ago when Will Arnett mined gold with a curt, hilarious voice-acting role in Pixar’s Ratatouille as intimidating cook Horst, who brags about conquests of killing a man with his thumb. Well, Arnett’s thumb has about as much personality as his dithery voice in The Nut Job, a new animated film where the Canadian actor has the leading role. Here, however, he gives a rather unexpressive tone to Surly, a purple squirrel who is bossy, selfish and has little pity for anyone – even his mute, dependable rat sidekick, Buddy.
Surly is not just a bland protagonist, but he is intensely dislikable and Arnett’s smarmy voice does the protagonist no favors. By the film’s end, you wish that another of the actor’s characters, G.O.B. from Arrested Development, had passed you a “Forget-Me-Now” pill to remove this weak, children-aimed adventure from your memory. »
- Jordan Adler
Computer-animated critters have been coveting nuts since at least the Ice Age, which means squirrely Surly, star of “The Nut Job,” descends from a proud if exasperated tradition of animated acorn stealers. By way of novelty, this sharp-looking but otherwise uninspired Canadian-Korean venture gives its resident rodent a chance to steal a lifetime supply from a gang of crooks who’ve opened a nut shop adjacent to the bank they plan to rob. The critters look cute, but behave less so, while the competing-heists concept never quite takes off. Still, at a low cost of $43 million, the 3D toon should easily make its nut in the States before cleaning up abroad.
Credit Disney vet Ken Duncan and the artists at Canadian outfit ToonBox Entertainment with designing what is quite possibly the cutest pack of scavengers to hit the screen since Don Bluth (“An American Tail,” “The Secret of Nimh”) put down his pencil. »
- Peter Debruge
When Disneyland Paris, then called EuroDisney, opened in 1992, it was seen as something of a boondoggle, with a lack of thematic clarity and poor attendance. It's commonly seen as one of the biggest blights on Michael Eisner's tenure as the head of the Disney company (detailed lovingly in James B. Stewart's "Disney War"). For years the park (which now includes a second gate) has limped along, surviving via a series of last-minute financial interventions and government subsidies but still struggling due to its massive financial debt. Still, it's one of the more unique Disney parks in the world, particularly when it comes to the Jules Verne-indebted version of Tomorrowland (complete with the only Space Mountain that shoots passengers outside of the building -- and upside down) and this summer will have a huge feather in its cap with the addition of an entire "Ratatouille"-themed section of the park. »
- Drew Taylor
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