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Pixar recently announced a moratorium on sequels, and while it’s still hard to judge anything they do harshly, you can easily see their struggle. This is especially true of a company that now needs to continue the interest in things that are part of theme parks. That’s just the reality.
The news, especially with things like The Incredibles 2 already in production, may seem a little strange, but you have to respect the idea. We all love the characters Pixar has given us over the years, and there’s a lot of love for titles like Toy Story 3. But, when you think about Monsters University, or Cars 2, there’s just something different going on in your mind than when you think about Brave, Up, Wall-e, Ratatouille, or Inside Out.
Sure, the sequels they have given us still outshine most animated efforts we get, and it’s always »
- Marc Eastman
Evidentially, Pixar has comfortably settled into the sequel/prequel phase of their career. They’ve spent more time of late harkening back on their previous films rather than producing anything original, beyond the occasional “Inside Out,” “The Good Dinosaur” or “Brave.” The results, expectedly, have varied: “Toy Story 3” was great, but “Cars 2” didn’t quite live […]
The post Pixar’s Sequel Machine Will Take A Break Starting In 2019 appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Will Ashton
Pixar has undergone some criticism in recent years for their reliance on sequels be it "Cars 2," "Monsters University" and the recent "Finding Dory" along with three other announced follow-ups on the way every June for the next three years - "Cars 3" in 2017, "Toy Story 4" in 2018 and "The Incredibles 2" in 2019. In fact they're only one original movie on the way in the next three years - "Coco" next Thanksgiving.
Speaking with EW this weekend, Pixar president Jim Morris has revealed that for now there are no more plans for further sequels beyond the three already announced, and right now Pixar is only developing original ideas with four films currently in the works. Morris says: "Everything after Toy Story and The Incredibles is an original right now."
Of the four, two of those will hit in 2020, the next either entirely in 2021 or one pushed back into 2022. Of the two 2020 films, he »
- Garth Franklin
I am too big a fan of Pixar to be reasonably objective at this point. On this very website I wrote a rave review of The Good Dinosaur, a movie I seem to be almost completely alone on the island of people who think that was an unqualified masterpiece. I’ve given more than one passionate defense of Cars as a well-intentioned movie with a nice message about the virtue of small town America. I’m even polite enough to pretend that Cars 2 never existed. I’m a Pixar team player all the way. But I’m just not sure I’m a big fan of Finding Dory.
It’s not a bad movie, that’s not what’s wrong here, not by a long shot. It’s funny, it’s momentarily very moving, and the design work is exciting and dynamic. What it doesn’t feel is particularly original. »
- Arthur Tebbel
Midway through "Finding Dory," as soon as Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) embarks on a mission to find her parents (Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton), I came to the realization that the $200-million sequel was carefully crafted not because there was a compelling story to be told rather due to purely economic reasons. In my humble opinion, in the Pixar universe, "Finding Dory" is a sequel on par with "Cars 2" or "Monsters University" and less with the stellar "Toy Story" sequels. Here's why:
Box-Office Update: Yup, "Finding Dory" opens with an all-time record debut for an animated flick with $136.2M. That's a lot of fish food! »
In what may be the most adorable animated short yet, Piper is a simple, heartwarming story. There is such attention to detail when looking at the ruffled feathers of our titular character. Growing up takes courage, and we watch this little guy discover how to feed himself. It's difficult to say more without robbing you of a reason to watch, but try hard to fight the urge to say "aww" out loud. But, don't hold it against yourself if one sneaks out.
Synopsis: Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, »
- Tyler Richardson
Six weeks into Summer 2016 and it has been over a month since the domestic box office last saw a $100+ million opener, but that trend stops this weekend. Disney and Pixar's Finding Dory is looking to not only put a little jolt into the 2016 summer box office, it's also targeting a new opening weekend record for an animated feature. Also looking to make an impact this weekend is the new Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart comedy Central Intelligence while last weekend's top film, The Conjuring 2, looks to deliver a solid second weekend after a strong, $40+ million opening. »
- Brad Brevet
Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column. where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. Originality is something that this summer has seen very little of, as all ten movies in the top ten box office this past weekend consisted of sequels, reboots, or adaptations. This week does feature an original film in the Kevin Hart/Dwayne Johnson vehicle Central Intelligence, but all eyes are on yet another sequel, or we should say sea-quel, with the release of Pixar’s Finding Dory. Here’s a preview of what to expect.
What we are excited about:
Simply put, Pixar is the most reliable studio out there right now. They have been able to crank instant classic after instant classic with Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Up, and last year’s Inside Out. Their sequels (or prequels in Monsters University’s case) have a mixed bag, as Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 are considered masterpieces in animated filmmaking, while Cars 2 does not have that same praise. A sequel to one of their most beloved movies is risky, but bringing back Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton and returning a majority of the cast (including the amazing Ellen DeGeneres), there is no reason to believe Pixar cannot continue with its winning ways.
What we are worried about:
Cars 2 was a misfire because it took an amusing side character from the first installment, Mater, and made him front and center with his own story. The result turned out to be slightly annoying, and while Dory is a much better character than Mater, there should still be some concern over giving Dory her own movie. While the trailers have been solid, they do not seem to be on the same level as Nemo, which is another concern. Finding Nemo is one of the most beloved animated movies of all time, can a sequel really live up that standing? We’ll see.
Critical reception (if any):
Finding Dory has been getting very good reviews as it sits at 94% on RottenTomatoes and 77 on MetaCritic. While those are a step down from Nemo (that has a 99% on RottenTomatoes and 90 on MetaCritic), critics are saying this a worthy sequel that is not only entertaining, but emotionally satisfying as well.
Box office expectations:
Finding Nemo opened to $70.3 million back in May of 2003, and went on to gross $936.7 million worldwide. In those thirteen years, the film has remained a landmark in Pixar’s vast achievements and fans have been hungry for a sequel. This is one of the most anticipated movies of the year and should have one of the year’s biggest openings, Finding Dory should be able to find anywhere from $110-120 million on its opening weekend.
Pixar has the strongest studio resume over the past twenty years, and that includes producing high quality sequels (most of the time). Reviews indicate that they have another hit on their hands that the whole family can enjoy.
What we are excited about:
The idea of putting the Rock and Kevin Hart in an action comedy is genius. The Rock has been a part of some of the more entertaining movies the past couple of years and Kevin Hart has always proven to be a funny man. Those two headlining a movie could prove to be a fun comedy this summer needs.
What we are worried about:
The trailers have been hit or miss to say the least. They seem to put the Rock in awkward situations (the brief clip of a fat Dwayne Johnson singing is enough to give us nightmares) and then a lot of Kevin Hart yelling. Hart’s filmography has not been all that impressive, especially given how funny his stand-up has been. Let’s just hope the chemistry between the Rock and Kevin Hart is funny enough to make us forget about the mediocre trailers.
Critical reception (if any):
There have been no reviews published as of yet, which is a little concerning for a comedy. Granted, last time we wrote that, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping turned out to be a critical hit, so this could turn out to be a good thing.
Box office expectations:
Finding Dory should dominate this weekend, but Central Intelligence is aiming for a completely different demographic. It should play well for those who feel that they are too old for a Pixar movie (which I’m not sure if those people exist). Look for an opening around $25 million.
- Scott Davis
Finding Dory, 2016.
The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Unforgettable, that’s what you are. Well not you fair reader (although we do love you greatly!), the reference alludes to Pixar, cinema’s almighty purveyor of animated delights that have catapulted us through oceans, toy barns, incredible feats of incredible-ness and the inner workings of the young mind. Unforgettable experiences all but none have been quite literally unforgettable than Finding Nemo or more specifically his friend Dory, the absent-minded blue tang that literally crashed into his and father Marlin’s life back in 2003. Thirteen years later (though just the one in ocean years), the threesome haven’t slowed down but is Finding Dory more Toy Story 2/3 than Cars 2?
A year has passed since Marlin (Brooks) and Dory (DeGeneres) fought off seagulls, sharks and countless other obstacles to rescue Nemo from a dentist’s waiting room fish tank and bring him home safely. No closer to remembering her life before meeting the father and son duo, Dory has settled into life with them even helping out with the school trips now and again as a pseudo-school mum but such activities see her soon yearn for her own parents and memories begin to flood back. Desperate to find them, she sets off back into the dark recesses of the Atlantic in search of father Charlie (Levy) and mother Jenny (Keaton).
What is always so true with any Pixar film is just how wonderful all the environments they create feel once you’re transported into them and none more so with both Nemo and now Dory with every element of the ocean floors and aquatic life brought to life with immense detail and beauty. It feels like we’ve never left when Dory kicks off, the blue-green sea rippled with the wonderful sunlight from above as the mesmeric colours of the cove’s are superbly rendered once again. Indeed Pixar has come a long way since the first adventure in terms of technical abilities (hell, even Nemo was leap years forward from their early beginnings) but now at their apex, it really feels as though you are looking into a glass tank or taking a scuba trip into the deep blue such is the majesty of the images.
With original director Andrew Stanton back to take the sequel reigns after his unsuccessful John Carter venture, everything feels like home both in terms of design and look but also in the story department. It would have been very easy to have made Finding Nemo 2, focusing again on the young clownfish as he explores the wonders of the deep but shifting the focus keeps everything as fresh and vibrant as its surroundings. But Pixar equally excels when dealing with the reality of its stories whatever the situation and Dory will pull at the heartstrings as much as tickle the funny bone. Stanton and co-writer Victoria Strouse beautifully balance the laughs with true and meaningful reflections of loss and separation and that our flaws, however, big or small, should inspire rather than suppress. That said, some moments don’t touch the heart as deeply as they should while the final act is perhaps a slapstick stretch too far but it’s never anything less than deliriously entertaining.
And of course, when you have the comedic brilliance of Ellen DeGeneres front and centre, half the battle is won. The comedian and talk-show host has been aching for a sequel to be made and having got her wish she tackles it with full force, filling the screen with both heart and humour. It’s easy to see why such talents as Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton, Ed O’Neill and the always superb Bill Hader when supporting characters such as these as wonderfully realised as everything else on show. Keep those ears peeled for a very funny cameo too.
Any fears that the long-awaited sequel to Nemo was never going to work are slain within minutes as Pixar hits another home run – you’d think they were getting tired by now. Joyous, touching and superbly realised, Finding Dory is a sequel worthy of the name and one that could easily be even bigger than its predecessor. Get the swimming cossies and goggles at the ready and just keep swimming.
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- Scott J. Davis
“Before you catch the sequel that everyone hopes is a little more ‘Toy Story 2’ than ‘Cars 2,’ revisit the movie that had to spoil its own ending in its title,” begins the latest Honest Trailer created by Screen Junkies for “Finding Nemo.”
As usual, the video gives you a detailed, more straight-forward, blunt recap of the Disney and Pixar movie that made everyone fall in love with clownfish and Dory. And yes, the video does touch on the subject of the popularity of clownfish as pets and then the “death of countless fish that kids tried to free down the toilet.”
Read More: Review: ‘Finding Dory’ Is A Compelling Argument In Defense Of Sequels
The heartwarming story will make you reevaluate your life but it will also take you on an adventure that “combines the wonder of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ the excitement of the ‘Great Escape’ and the musical talents of Ellen DeGeneres.”
With “Finding Dory” being released in a few days, the Honest Trailer also hopes that Pixar didn’t go full “Minions” on us (being that the “Despicable Me” spin-off received mixed reviews) and compares the forgetful fish to Guy Pearce’s character in Christopher Nolan’s thriller “Memento.”
Read More: ‘Piper’ Exclusive Clip: Catch a First Look At The New Pixar Short Preceding ‘Finding Dory’
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- Liz Calvario
TheWrap’s film critic Alonso Duralde rates all the Pixar animation studio’s features, placing “Finding Dory” in the top half 17. Cars 2 (2011) “They should let people see the movie for free,” one pundit opined, “since Disney will make all their money back on the bedsheets.” Some of Pixar’s best movies are sequels, but this follow-up to an already inferior studio entry seemed like nothing but a craven bid for more merchandising money. The results were good for shareholders but middling for moviegoers. 16. Cars (2006) Never underestimate little boys and their love for automobiles. This brightly colored but dramatically flat tale. »
- Alonso Duralde
Over the years, we’ve come to expect Pixar features, at their best, to function as delivery systems for laughs, tears and adrenaline. And even if “Finding Dory” is less of an assault on the tear ducts than some of its predecessors — I’m still not ready to talk about Bing Bong’s selfless act in “Inside Out” — it more than compensates in the other two departments. Sequel-wise, that puts this follow-up to 2003’s “Finding Nemo” leagues ahead of “Cars 2” and “Monsters University” if not quite at the level of the second and third “Toy Story” entries. Still, the studio. »
- Alonso Duralde
“Finding Dory,” the ingeniously pleasing sequel to “Finding Nemo,” opens with a scene that merges our affection for a beloved character with a bit of a jolt. We see Dory, the friendly blue tang fish from the first film, back when she was a big-eyed toddler with a babyish gurgle, getting trained by her parents, Charlie (Eugene Levy) and Jenny (Diane Keaton), to tell a stranger (any stranger), “I suffer from short-term memory loss.” The thing is, poor Dory really does — she can’t even remember the phrase! It’s no wonder that her parents are aghast with anxiety. In a flash, a character with a singular and beguilingly funny trait — the inability to remember almost anything for more than 10 seconds — comes at us in a whole new way. She’s no longer a daffy amnesiac. She’s a child fish with a serious disability.
Have the creators of “Finding Dory »
- Owen Gleiberman
Way back in March 2014, Disney Pixar announced that two long-awaited sequels were finally moving forward, Cars 3 (June 16, 2017) and The Incredibles 2 (June 21, 2019). Last August, we saw the first poster for Cars 3, but we haven't seen or heard much from this animated sequel since then. While we still don't know when the first trailer may debut, new concept artwork has arrived offering our first look at the iconic Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and a brand new character named Cruz Ramirez.
USA Today has the first look at this artwork, along with details about the story from director Brian Fee. Cruz Ramirez will serve as Lightning McQueen's new trainer, as he tries to stay competitive with up and coming racers like Jackson Storm, who is said to have "trounced" McQueen in a race. Here's what director Brian Fee had to say about this new character Cruz Ramirez.
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Lightning McQueen broke onto the scene as an up-and-coming rookie in the Piston Cup, before storming to the World Grand Prix five years later for Cars 2. But come 2017, Owen Wilson’s cocksure racer will be held up a seasoned veteran, paving the way for a story that involves McQueen entering a heated competition with the new kid on the block.
That’s the core premise fuelling Pixar’s upcoming sequel Cars 3, according to director Brian Fee, who shared the first details and concept art for the follow-up to USA Today.
Having assumed the role of storyboard animator across both Cars 1 and 2 – directed by Pixar stalwart John Lasseter – the stage is well set for Fee’s directorial debut and here, the filmmaker outlines the journey that awaits an older, slightly more grouchy Lightning McQueen.
“Think of where he’d be in his career now in real time. »
- Michael Briers
While I may have a soft spot for the two films so far, it’s safe to say Cars and Cars 2 are least well received of Pixars output thus, with Cars 2 being the movie from the animation giant to get a ‘rotten’ certification on Rotten Tomatoes. But, y’know what, the kids love Lightning McQueen, Mater, and the rest of those anthropomorphised motor vehicles, so it was no surprise when Cars 3 was given the green light (heh) for a June 6th 2017 release date, with Brian Fee making his directorial debut after cutting his teeth as storyboard artist on the first two films. USA Today has the first, very early look at the film, as well as revealing details of the plot which sees McQueen (Owen Wilson) fast becoming a veteran in the racing circuit, and finding it hard to compete with the more hi-tech rookies, such as newcomer Jackson Storm. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
It comes as a surprise, and from out of the blue, but Disney has officially cancelled its Disney Infinity video game series. The once successful toys-to-life franchise is no more, and the same is unfortunately true of its main developer, Disney’s own Avalanche Software.
The news was first reported on Twitter and has since received validation from Disney’s chairman of consumer products and interactive media, Jimmy Pitaro. His words confirm that the House that Mickey Built has decided against continuing on with its Disney Infinity toy and video game line, and will transition to a “licensing model” instead.
With no internal development to worry about anymore, Disney has also decided to shutter Disney Infinity‘s primary developer, Avalanche Software. The studio — which was owned by Disney itself, and employed approximately 300 people — was undoubtedly talented, and our hope is that its employees will land back on their feet in the near future. »
- Chad Goodmurphy
Edward Gardiner ranks Pixar’s movies from worst to best…
Studio Ghibli runs them close, and even Dreamworks can come out with some crackers, but it’s hard to argue that Pixar isn’t the world’s greatest animation studio. From their inception with Toy Story in 1995 to last year’s The Good Dinosaur, here’s a run-down of the good and the bad, in order of quality.
(It should probably go without saying that from about #7 onwards, it gets difficult).
14. Cars 2 (2011)
Cars 2 isn’t terrible (Pixar are virtually incapable of making a terrible film), but it is awfully generic and unnecessary. It turns out there’s a reason Cars was the first film Pixar chose to sequelize: merchandise. They made more from the toy cars than the film itself, so Cars 2 was basically just a way of creating more characters to sell to kids.
13. A Bug’s Life (1998)
Until quite recently, »
- Edward Gardiner
The first photos from the set of Powerless have found their way online, and they offer up a look at the heroic Crimson Fox. Who’s in the costume, you ask? That’s not clear just yet, and while there’s been some speculation that it’s Vanessa Hudgens, it’s thought that she’s playing one of the office workers in the DC Comics series instead.
Described as The Office but with superheroes, the show is going to be set firmly in the DC Universe and is being written by Ben Queen (Cars 2). The official description reveals that it’ll take place in a world, “full of superheroes, villains and people just like us,” and adds that Powerless is going to be “an office comedy about the exceedingly average employees at an insurance company and their quest to find their own power.”
There’s no denying that Powerless boasts an intriguing concept, »
- Josh Wilding
This weekend, the smashing success of “Zootopia” confirmed the wisdom of that decade-old acquisition. It continues a string of box office hits such as “Tangled,” “Big Hero 6,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Frozen” that might not have been possible had Disney not absorbed Pixar and its brain trust.
Although they were released under the Walt Disney Animation Studios banner, Pixar’s DNA — a double helix of artistic daring and technological innovation — is evident in all of these films. That makes sense given that as part of the Pixar purchase, the company’s leaders Ed Catmull and John Lasseter assumed responsibility for all of Disney’s animated output.
“What they have focused on in each of these films is having an original voice and an original story, »
- Brent Lang
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