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John Lasseter talked about the upcoming slate of Disney/Pixar animated films during an extremely detailed two-hour presentation at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday morning.
The chief creative officer unveiled new clips and plot lines of such titles as Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” the sequel to “Finding Nemo,” and Disney’s “Moana” about a Polynesian princess. Lasseter noted how Pixar will release two movies in the same year for the very first time: “Inside Out,” which premiered at Cannes earlier this week out-of-competition, and “The Good Dinosaur,” which has a Thanksgiving release date.
He also declared that Disney Animation had bounced back, thanks to the success of the juggernaut “Frozen” and the Oscar-winning “Big Hero 6,” saying that the studio had previously suffered from low morale. “It was quite broken when they came in,” Lasseter said about the business 10 years ago. He told his staff: “What would heal them »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The last time Pixar were in Cannes was with Up. Then they were riding high on the one-two masterpiece success of Ratatouille and Wall-e and wound up delivering a film with a simple vision and ambitious emotional through-line that left everyone shaken, stirred, but ultimately uplifted.
It looked to be a statement of intent going forward for the House that Woody built, yet since then the studio’s been stuck on a spiral of sequels and otherwise less inspired films, culminating in 2014 being the first calendar year in almost a decade that the studio couldn’t make a release. They’ve still only produced one outright bad movie (Cars 2), but it felt like the pioneers of computer animation had lapsed under studio demands (they were bought outright by Disney in 2006) and a potentially decreasing abundance of imagination.
Well, all that fear, anger and disgust can be dispelled (or, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Having been absent from the big screen last year, 2015 will see the release of two Disney-Pixar films in Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, and while most of the marketing so far has concentrated on the former (no surprise, given it’s out exactly one month today), the folks at Film Divider have scored a trio of character images from the latter, which we have for you here…
See Also: Official logo and concept art for The Good Dinosaur
The Good Dinosaur asks the generations-old question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In theaters November 25, 2015, the film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event unsettles Arlo’s family, he sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way — a human boy. »
- Gary Collinson
It's no small coincidence that as Pixar enters its cinematic adolescence, it showcases a film that deals with the challenges of growing up. After changing the world of animation with Toy Story, they rode a meteoric rise, crafting some of the most memorable and celebrated films of all time, each seemingly more original and fresh than the previous. A decade after Disney's reignition with The Little Mermaid made each of their animation projects hotly anticipated after years of being relatively ignored, Pixar took up their mantle, and it seemed they could do no wrong. Of late, however, things have looked a bit bleaker. Arguments can be made for some of their sequels (Toy Story 2 and 3), but not others (Planes Cars 2, Monsters University)....
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Pixar never stopped being good, but for a little while it stopped being great. Cars 2 was the first Pixar movie to get a “Rotten” score, and while Brave and Monsters University fared better they couldn’t live up to the likes of Up and Wall-e. So there’s a lot riding on Pete Docter‘s Inside Out, which with […]
The post ‘Inside Out’ Early Buzz: Pixar Makes a Sweet Return to Form appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Pixar has had a bumpy road of late with some arguably unnecessary (albeit financially successful) sequels (Monsters University, Cars 2) and a ho-hum original entry (Brave), which put the animation giant in the rearview when compared to Disney’s own animated flicks like Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph, and Big Hero 6. Thankfully, Pixar has put their faith once again in writer/director Pete Docter (Monsters Inc., Up) for their latest entry, Inside Out, which is the best film the studio has »
- Paul Shirey
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
Today's episode includes our review of Insurgent and Brad talks about an upcoming movie he still has 30 minutes to watch, stemming from a conversation regarding reviewing movies before you've seen the whole thing or even reviewing it all without seeing it. On top of that we explore listener Mitch's article "What I've Learned from Listening to 340 episodes of The "Brad and Laremy on movies" podcast", play a couple voicemails, play some games, talk some news and dabble into the March Madness basketball tournament. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, »
- Brad Brevet
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- Jean Pierre Diez
He will join John Lasseter at the helm of the fourth film starring Woody, Buzz and the gang.
Games Radar reports Cooley has previously acted as Head of Story on Pixar's latest film Inside Out.
Toy Story 4 will not be a direct sequel to the previous films but will instead be a standalone movie.
Pixar President Jim Morris said it will be more like a "romantic comedy".
Sequels. A few years back, Pixar found themselves heavily involved in the sequels game. Toy Story 2 wasn.t the exception anymore. Cars begat Cars 2. Monsters Inc. gave way to Monsters University. A third and fourth Toy Story became realities. And now, Finding Nemo is getting a sequel. or, at least, a spinoff. Pixar.s summer release in 2016 will take audiences back into the water with everyone.s favorite forgetful fish. Finding Dory will reach theaters 12 years (!!) after 2003.s Finding Nemo introduced us to a nervous clown fish, his suffocated son, and the amnesic blue tang fish that helped them on their rescue mission. But what has changed between now and then? A lot, both on the screen, and off. Let.s dive in to Pixar.s latest sequel with our What We Know So Far guide to Pixar.s Finding Dory. Ellen Degeneres When Pixar decided to go »
It’s hard to argue that Pixar not only revolutionized the world of animation by creating the first feature completely generated by computers, they also dominated their field during the entirety of the last decade. In terms of technical achievement and original, heartfelt storytelling, they raised the bar so high with their hat trick of three back-to-back-to-back masterpieces, “Ratatouille”, “Wall-e,” and “Up”, that even when they release perfectly fine and entertaining films that fall short of being greatness, we make ourselves believe that they’re in a slump. “Toy Story 3” was arguably the best in the series, “Brave” was underwhelming but fun, “Monsters University” was an excellent remake of “Revenge of the Nerds” for kids, and “Cars 2”, well, it wasn’t that bad, was it? Apart from their revolutionary technical prowess, one of the most important reasons Pixar’s work is so beloved across cultures and generations is »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
If you think Pixar movies are all endless sunshine, colourful characters and childish thrills, then you probably haven’t been paying attention. Or you’ve literally only seen cars. Either way, you’ve missed the depth beneath the pretty drawings that meant the animation studio went from being a collective of accomplished story-tellers into a formidable brand that ended up pretty much saving Disney.
The films released under John Lassiter’s reign as Pixar supremo have been some of the most impressively received in critical terms of the past 20 years (now there’s a revelation to take the wind out of you), and that success has been down to two things. Firstly, the animation is beautiful and cutting edge, and secondly because the stories – inevitably slanted towards entertainment – have dealt with some seriously weighty issues that are as universally important and devastatingly emotional as those personal demons Steven Spielberg »
- Simon Gallagher
The biggest Oscar shocker yesterday morning, bar none, was "The Lego Movie" missing out on a nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. For many, it was the frontrunner to win the Oscar, and indeed, its absence has everyone still in the category thinking they might have a play on this thing. My bet would be on "How to Train Your Dragon 2," which won the Golden Globe last weekend. But there are those on the Disney campaign who are making everything they can of the statistic that no film that wasn't nominated by BAFTA has ever won this particular Oscar. So the "Big Hero 6" fire will surely get a lot of kindling next week. There was a bit of a silver lining Thursday night, however, as "The Lego Movie" won the animated prize at the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Director Christopher Miller called the day a "roller coaster of emotions, »
- Kristopher Tapley
This article contains spoilers for Toy Story 3.
It seems to have become surprisingly tough to keep an open mind about Toy Story 4. Pixar have a mostly excellent track record in these things, especially when it comes to the Toy Story series. We struggle to think of a more consistently brilliant trilogy of films, so why were so many upset about the very real possibility of a fourth, also brilliant instalment, when it was announced last year?
Although some would cite the Cars films, or the impossible and yet still disappointing expectation that Monsters University would live up to Monsters Inc, it doesn't come down to anything so jaded. In all of the ways that Toy Story 3 is an excellent film, it's mostly because it feels like a near unimprovable conclusion to the series. »
16 items from 2015
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