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Remy has a talent for taste and a passion for cooking. The only problem is… he’s a rat. This week, Sketchy discusses “Ratatouille,” the 2007 Disney-Pixar critical darling, directed by Brad Bird and featuring the voice talents of Patton Oswalt and Janeane Garofalo.
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- Ryan Clagg
Pixar's latest Inside Out is in cinemas now, and the film is positively jam-packed with Easter eggs for the eagle-eyed among you.
1. Pizza Planet Truck
The pizza delivery truck, a 1978 Gyoza with the licence plate RES1536, has made an appearance in every single Pixar movie with the exception of The Incredibles.
The vehicle apparently makes three different appearances, and seeing as lead character Riley and her mother visit a restaurant (getting served a broccoli pizza of all things!) then it's safe to say that's one moment to look out for.
A113 is the name of a first-year classroom at California Institute of the Arts that saw Pixar luminaries such as John Lasseter and Brad Bird pass through (Bird even dropped a reference into a Simpsons episode he directed).
In Inside Out, »
I really, really cannot wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Is anyone with me? Oh, all of you. We’re edging closer and closer to that December 18th release, and we’re hoping that Disney and Lucasfilm are going to show us more online in the coming weeks. It looks like the company have something up their sleeves for the middle of August though, as a press release reveals that Disney plan to show off footage from Star Wars as well as their other upcoming properties including Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Pixar slate at their huge fan event, D23 Expo 2015.
Marvel didn’t pack for San Diego this year, and we not present at Comic-Con to present anything from their upcoming slate, or make any kind of announcements – so are they holding out for their parent company’s Expo? We certainly hope so.
- Paul Heath
Just a heads up -- in case you can't get to Walt Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA from August 14-16 -- heaps of new Lucasfilm, Pixar, Marvel and Disney movie intel will be coming out of the event, so put yourself on standby for cool previews.
Disney just shared a press release with the 2015 schedule. You'll see it's noted that "a bevy of special guests will be on hand to offer a look at an unparalleled slate that includes Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens-and much, much more." Also, "Filmmakers will unveil never-before-seen footage from Pixar's upcoming The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory and Disney Animation's Zootopia and Moana." So if those movies, and all Disney/Pixar projects, are of interest to you, just know some good teases should be coming out of this.
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- Gina Carbone
Walt Disney Studios offers an exclusive look at its upcoming projects from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm at D23 Expo 2015, taking place August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Studio will unveil its animation and live-action film slates via two huge Hall D23 presentations featuring surprise guests and many unforgettable moments. Other not-to-be-missed events include a Frozen FANdemonium musical celebration with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and the 20th anniversary celebration of Disney Pixar's Toy Story with John Lasseter and the original Pixar crew.
Hall D23 Presentations:
After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to "let it go, »
Disney has announced its full schedule for the D23 Expo, which is set to take place next month at the Anaheim Convention Center in California and will feature big upcoming releases such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Captain America: Civil War, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Zootopia and Moana, along with much, much more.
Here’s the main presentations…
Friday, August 14, 3 p.m.—Hall D23
After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo, where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to “let it go,” come see where Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios plan to take you next. In what has become a D23 Expo must-see, »
- Gary Collinson
Loved Inside Out? Great! But there's one other Disney Pixar movie that should be on your radar this year: The Good Dinosaur. First-time director Peter Sohn - who has done storyboard art for Up, Wall·E, and Ratatouille - is at the helm for this tale of a dinosaur and a young human. There's a new trailer out, and beyond the Land Before Time flashbacks, it's already totally moving and goosebump-giving. Yes, this is the Pixar we know and love. Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, and Bill Hader are on voice duty, and the movie opens on Nov. 25, so block off your Thanksgiving weekend for repeat viewings. Watch the first trailer: »
The Good Dinosaur has been in production since what seems like the Ice Age, but the movie will finally be released in time for the holidays this Thanksgiving, giving the world it's second Disney Pixar movie of 2015! Inside Out, released this past June, was an instant box office hit, and has been called a true masterpiece of animation. Will The Good Dinosaur be able to live up to that same hype? The first full trailer arrives, following the teaser that debuted earlier this year, and it promises to be something special and quite unique.
Directed by Peter Sohn, The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. »
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out heads to the top with the biggest opening for an original movie in history, topping the previous No. 1 original movie, Avatar, by more than $13 million, with $90,440,272 million in domestic box office opening weekend. The film opened Friday, June 19.
Directed by Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”), and featuring the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith, Inside Out took in an estimated $132 million globally, with many significant markets yet to open. The film is the second highest Pixar opening of all time, behind 2010’s Toy Story 3, and continues to be well received among audiences and critics alike.
“Inside Out” has an “A” Cinemascore. The movie is at 98 percent on rottentomatoes.com. “Inside Out” was the highest-grossing Disney•Pixar movie of all time in Russia. Friday box office for “Inside Out” ($34.2 M) made it the second largest opening day for Pixar, »
- Michelle McCue
You had only to look at the collected films of Brad Bird to know that Tomorrowland would be in large part a reverie for yesterday. The Iron Giant (1999) was such a friendly evocation of Cold War sci-fi that it belongs, in paperback form, tucked away in the back of a school library. The Incredibles (2004) was a tribute to 60s comics, 60s modernism, and the jazzy vibe of Thunderball-era Bond movies. Ratatouille (2007), with its story of talking rats in a timeless Paris, was a very classical kind of animation. More than anything else Pixar has put out—though Finding Nemo (2003) might come close—its style operates in the vernacular of what Disney animation used to mean in the 50s. Even Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), whose place in Bird's filmography is largely to show if he could handle live action (he can!), is the biggest throwback of that franchise. Its plot centered »
- Duncan Gray
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
The place to be in St. Louis this Friday June 19th, is the St. Louis Science Center where they will be honoring hometown native and star of Disney•Pixar’s upcoming feature Inside Out Phyllis Smith! And while you’re there, celebrate learning about the human mind and body. The festivities begin at Noon.
Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, June 19th. The movie is all about what’s going on in the head of an 11-year-old named Riley. Five emotions operate the control center of Riley’s mind, including Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. On the film’s opening day native St. Louisan Phyllis Smith, the voice of Sadness in the movie, will be honored at the Saint Louis Science Center as part of “Inside Out Day” to celebrate the attention the film brings to learning about the human mind & body.
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- Tom Stockman
Twenty years ago Pixar Animation Studios released their first feature-length film: Toy Story. It was the first completely computer generated film out there and changed everything. Every other studio making animated films has been trying to catch up to them, not only in terms of technological achievements but in crafting stories that make everyone old and young laugh, cry, and thrilled. Not every single film they've made has been a home run, but their track record thus far has been pretty impressive. This year's release Inside Out is no exception, arriving as the fifteenth feature in the animation house's stable. Given the occasion, I've taken it upon myself to rank Pixar's first fifteen features to settle once and for all what is the best and worst from the studio. I contemplated bringing in the short films that precede each of their features, as many are just exquisite if not better than the films they accompany, »
- Mike Shutt
“At Pixar, we ask a lot of ‘what ifs,’” the studio’s Pete Sohn told a crowd of cartoon devotees (a mix of animation students, professionals and fans) at France’s Annecy Intl. Animated Film Festival: “What if the toys come to life when we leave the room? What if the monsters really were real inside the closet? What if a rat became a world-famous French chef?”
So far, those hypotheticals have yielded “Toy Story,” “Monsters Inc.” and “Ratatouille,” respectively, but according to Sohn, “With (‘The Good Dinosaur’), we would ask the biggest ‘what if’ of all.” With that, he cued a clip in which a gigantic asteroid misses the Earth, narrowly averting a mass extinction event: What if instead of being wiped off the Earth, dinosaurs had continued to evolve?
That’s the hypothetical that audiences will see answered when the film opens later this year, just in time for Thanksgiving, »
- Peter Debruge
"Inside Out" is, like most Pixar films, a majestic experiment in fantasy and imagination. Unlike most Pixar films, it directly investigates what makes imagination so powerful. The newest Pixar adventure chronicles the life of a girl named Riley, whose emotional life is powered (literally, at a control station) by five brain inhabitants named Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). While all five characters enjoy moments of jubilation and panic, it's Disgust who seems to have the most fun. She smarts off and grumbles in a way that would make Lucy Van Pelt proud. We caught up with Kaling, whose show "The Mindy Project" just moved to Hulu, to discuss the thrill of voicing such a prickly character. We also grilled her about the hottest Disney and Pixar characters. Her answers may surprise you, even though you'll probably find it hard to disagree. »
- Louis Virtel
“Spain has one thing that really gives it an industry edge: its talent,” said Ignacio Perez Dolset, at Ilion Animation Studios.
Below, profiles of 16 young – or young-ish – animation talents who have broken through in the last years and either feature in the Annecy Festival’s “From Doodles to Pixels” program strand, or have projects at the market, or, in the case of five, are Icaa Annecy attendance grant winners bought to the Festival by Spain’s 3D Wild Animation Fest. Or combinations of all three. Variety originally aimed to profile ten talents, but it agrees with Perez Dolset.
Rocio Alvarez, ”Street Driver”
Painter, illustrator, graphic designer, finally toon director,. a true multi-hyphenate artist, Alvarez was the first Spanish woman to be nominated for a Cartoon d’Or, for her graduation short, “Ecart de conduite” Its TV-series spin-of sorts, “Street Driver”, will be pitched at Mifa. “Driver” depicts hilarious situations sparked by driving exams. »
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
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