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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
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. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream, Disney•Pixar's The Good Dinosaur opens in theaters on Nov. 25, 2015. Peter Sohn made his directorial debut with the Pixar short film Partly Cloudy. He has worked in the art, story and animation departments, and also has voiced the characters of Emile from Academy Award-winning Ratatouille and Scott "Squishy" Squibbles from Monsters University.
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. Check out the first trailer: And the teaser: »
- Maggie Pehanick
Today Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released Brad Bird's heartfelt The Iron Giant: Signature Edition on Digital HD available now at online shops to stream immediately such as Amazon (right here), iTunes, PlayStation, Google Play, Xbox and others. The film just wrapped up a short theatrical Fathom Events screening this past week.
A Blu-ray edition of The Iron Giant: Signature Edition is currently being prepared for a 2016 release date. We will pass along additional updates including the precise release date when it's available.
The Iron Giant was the directorial debut for Brad Bird who went on to direct hits such as The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and soon The Incredibles 2. It stars the voice talent of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., and a much younger and then-lesser known Vin Diesel.
For the Signature Edition of the film, the audio and video elements were completely remastered and two additional scenes were added to the film. »
We live in an age when sequels are dropped into multiplexes on an almost weekly basis. In fact, if a week goes by when we don.t get one, it.s genuinely a surprise. Director Brad Bird has now joined the growing masses by voicing his concerns about the impact this is having on cinema, stating that the lack of originality is now "worrying." Brad Bird, who has overseen some of the most gorgeously unique original films of the last decade in the shape of The Incredibles and Ratatouille, while he also deserves kudos for at least attempting a big-scale original film with Tomorrowland, made his remarks while talking to Entertainment Weekly. Bird admitted that, even though some of his favorite films are sequels . I.m looking at you Empire Strikes Back . he believes more needs to be done to combat the increasing reliance on follow-ups. He explained: Many of »
Now, you wouldn’t necessarily recognise him if walking down the street, but chances are, you’ll be an admirer of Michael Giacchino’s work, as the composer behind soundtracks that have enriched our favourite films, such as Star Trek, Super 8, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jurassic World. But he’s most renowned for his
- Stefan Pape
The Sham is Back! The only film festival that exclusively celebrates mockery, spoofs, satire and parody returns to Saint Louis.
The Sham Film Festival is presented by Dick to Dick, LLC Executive Consulting. The festival takes place Friday, September 25th, and Saturday the 26th at Winifred Moore Auditorium on the campus of Webster University.
The festival will also feature Four St. Louis filmmaking teams. In addition to Two Short Film Programs, the festival will include the St. Louis premiere of three feature-length films from L.A.-based filmmakers.
Here’s the line-up for the 2nd Annual Sham Film Festival:
Shorts Program I – Friday, September 25 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm
A collection of hilarious short films that mock, satirize and spoof everything from reality TV to movie trailers.
Bloodsucking Bastards – Friday, September 25 at 9:15pm to 10:45pm
- Tom Stockman
The Good Dinosaur has been a long time coming. And though Pixar has released a couple of teasers, we have yet to hear the voice cast behind this grand prehistoric adventure. Today, a new sneak peek has arrived in the form of an international trailer. And in it, we finally get to hear the main character, Arlo, speak. We also get to hear his father for the first time, along with a couple of other assorted characters. There is plenty of new footage mixed in with some scenes we've previously seen before. The Good Dinosaur appears to be filled with comedy and adventure, and will likely be Pixar's second big hit of 2015.
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 »
Although best known for his stand-up, Oswalt has appeared in various films and TV shows over the past two decades. While he has played a handful of smaller roles in such projects as Magnolia, Man on the Moon, Zoolander, Starsky & Hutch, Community and SpongeBob SquarePants, he is also known for his larger parts in such projects as The King of Queens, Big Fan, Ratatouille and Young Adult.
[The film is] about a college graduate who goes to work at The Circle, an Internet monopoly that links users’ personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with their universal operating system. The result is one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency — which turns out not to always be a good thing.
According to the site, »
- Justin Cook
Just over 16 years after director Brad Bird's directorial debut The Iron Giant hit theaters, Warner Bros. Pictures is teaming with Fathom Events for the theatrical re-release entitled The Iron Giant: Signature Edition. The animated film will be remastered and enhanced with two all-new scenes, in a limited engagement through Fathom Events. Fathom Events announced that tickets are available for this special event, while Yahoo! Movies released a new trailer.
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition arrives to theaters for a special event screening on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00Pm local time, with an encore event in select markets on Sunday, October 4 at 12:00Pm local time. The event will be presented in select movie theaters around the country through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. When "The Iron Giant" arrived in theaters, it was hailed as an "instant classic" (Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal). And the world soon learned »
Disney's big D23 Expo is underway and last night the House of Mouse started things off with a look at the upcoming films on their animation slate. This included new looks and information on Finding Dory, Toy Story 4, Moana, and a few more. Come inside to check it all out in one spot.
We already reported on one of the new animated films that was announced last night, Gigantic, but there was so much more Disney had in store for attendees at D23. While the majority of information came from previously annnounced films, there was another new animation project revealed in the form of Coco:
“Coco” – Director Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and producer Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”) revealed the title of their upcoming film today at D23 Expo 2015. Disney·Pixar’s “Coco” is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads »
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Disney's D23 Expo kicked off today with a massive three-hour panel that showcased the 20th Anniversary of Toy Story, while looking forward to Toy Story 4, arriving in theaters June 16, 2017. Pixar Animation Studios' John Lasseter, who's one of Pixar's three founders, celebrated 20 years since Toy Story transformed the animation industry and the art of storytelling. Lasseter welcomed to the stage iconic two-time Oscar-winning songwriter and longtime Pixar collaborator Randy Newman, whose Pixar credits include Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc. and Cars.
Also joining in the celebration were Toy Story 4 co-director Josh Cooley (Cars 2, Ratatouille) and producer Galyn Susman (Toy Story of Terror!). Screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever) joined Buzz, Woody and Bo Peep in the Toy Story 4 celebration. Directed by Lasseter, the movie is slated for release on June 16, 2017. John Lasseter revealed earlier today that the »
(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
Filmmakers from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios introduced D23 Expo 2015 fans to an array of new stories and characters—from a lost dinosaur to a master wayfinder, a scheming fox to a forgetful fish.
The audience of 7,500 was treated to sneak peeks, musical performances and appearances from stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dwayne Johnson, Randy Newman and Ty Burrell, among others.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, led the presentations, calling on a host of filmmakers from both studios to introduce the upcoming slate of films. “We really have an unbelievable range of movies in production at our studios right now,” said Lasseter. “The stories are dynamic, fresh and so much fun; the characters new and old are so appealing. I’m excited to share some of our long-held »
- Michelle McCue
Pixar Animation Studio’s 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. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
This year will give us two new Pixar films. Whether The Good Dinosaur will best Inside Out remains to be seen, but the trailer is certainly full of all the elements that make for an entertaining animated family film. There’s the characters that kids can root for in Arlo and his human friend, as well as identify with if they tend to feel a little alone sometimes »
- Mike Tyrkus
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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The post Sketchy Episode 179 – ‘Ratatouille’ appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- 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.
Here's the »
- 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
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