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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 […]
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- 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
The upcoming CG animated feature film adaptation of the hit PlayStation video game franchise Ratchet & Clank has secured a star-studded voice cast to feature alongside James Arnold Taylor’s Ratchet, David Kaye’s Clank, Armin Shimerman’s Nefarious and Jim Ward’s Captain Qwark.
Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. President and Chief Creative Officer Michael Hefferon and Blockade Entertainment CEO Brad Foxhoven made the announcement, revealing a cast that includes Paul Giamatti (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as Chairman Drek, John Goodman (Monsters University) as Grimroth, Bella Torne (Blended) as Cora, Rosario Dawson (Daredevil) as Elaris and Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables 3) as Victor.
See Also: E3 trailer for the Ratchet & Clank movie
“The collaborative relationship between Rainmaker Entertainment, Sony PlayStation, Insomniac Games and all our partners has helped us to bring this massive game franchise to the big screen,” said Hefferon. “Our outstanding celebrity talent together with the original voices from the »
- Gary Collinson
While we already know the short that will be screening in front of Pixar’s Inside Out here this July (Lava, a clip from which you can see here), the company has now announced the film that will be attached to its late 2015 release, The Good Dinosaur. Take a look at the first picture from Sanjay’s Super Team. It’s the directorial debut of Sanjay Patel, an artist who has worked in character design and animation at the studio since A Bug’s Life. After working on movies such as The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Monsters University, he’s bringing to life a story based on his own childhood.Growing up in California in the 1980s as the child of Indian immigrants, his world was a blend of the superheroes he loved to watch in cartoons on TV and his parents’ strong religion. So the short follows him as a youngster combining both worlds, »
This November, Pixar Animation Studio artist Sanjay Patel will bring his vision to the world. “Sanjay’s Super Team” — a seven minute short film — will play in from of Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.” Growing up as an Indian American in the 1980s, Patel lived into two worlds: one dominated by Saturday morning superhero cartoons, and one rooted in the Hindu rituals of his family. It’s those colliding cultures Patel will bring to the screen with “Sanjay’s Super Team.” From the La Times: The seven-minute short begins with young Sanjay watching cartoons and eating cereal in a bland, beige room as his father jingles a bell, beckoning him to join in meditation. Reluctant and bored by the ceremony, Sanjay begins daydreaming a kind of ancient, Hindu version of "The Avengers," with the gods appearing like superheroes. As the daydream progresses, the color, light and animation of the film grows increasingly dazzling and cosmic, »
- Donna Dickens
The summer movie season isn't just sequels and reboots. Okay, well, it mostly is. But there are originals trying to squeak through, too.
Here are 10 to look for this summer including Aloha, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Trainwreck, Spy, and more!
Inside Out (June 19)
By June, it will have been two years since the last Pixar release (Monsters University). They have been missed. The pressure will be on Pixar's latest, about the voices inside the mind of a young girl, to rekindle absolute faith in the animation studio. But with one of Pixar's top talents, Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.), directing, hopes are deservedly high for Inside Out. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
It’s been nearly two years since Pixar last had a film in theaters, but given the strong reaction that “Inside Out” enjoyed from exhibitors Wednesday at CinemaCon, the wait was worth it.
The animated family comedy received enthusiastic applause — and a few tears from the crowd.
“Inside Out’s” concept is a heady one. It offers up a colorful story of the inner emotional workings of an 11-year-old girl whose family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. A running joke about the jingle for Triple-dent gum proved especially popular, while the poignancy of a little girl becoming so sad that she starts running away from home turned on the tear ducts for more than a few exhibitors.
Nearly all of the film is set within the brain of Riley Andersonn with five emotions — Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness — trying to lead her through life.
Some audience members wondered »
- Dave McNary
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
A deeply moving and very satisfying piece of entertainment that knits up seemingly disparate elements in a tapestry of family pain and pride. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Maria Altmann just wants back that portrait of her aunt, the pretty one that used to hang in her family’s home when she was a child, and which reminds her of her aunt, who died far too young. Problem is, that home was in Vienna in the 1930s, and when the Nazis swooped in, they confiscated the painting and all her family’s other belongings. And despite Austria’s new spirit of reconciliation in the late 90s, including efforts toward art restitution, this painting is different. It’s Gustav Klimt’s famous “Woman in Gold” — now known as “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” — and it »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Brad Bird has one of the more anticipated films of the summer movie season in Tomorrowland and he's coming fresh off the success of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, but it appears he may be ready to return to his animated roots. Speaking with NPR (via The Playlist), he tells this site, "I'm just staring to write The Incredibles 2, so we'll see what happens." As Pixar has continued to release sequels to their features including the Toy Story trilogy and Monsters University, the fact they haven't made a sequel to 2004's The Incredibles, which Bird wrote and directed, has always confused fans. After all, it's a superhero movie and superhero movies are not made to simply be one film. Bird's first animated feature was The Iron Giant back in 1999 and his last one was 2007's Ratatouille so should Incredibles 2 come to fruition it would most likely come at least »
- Brad Brevet
Bill Hader has signed on to join the growing cast of director Steven Spielberg's The Bfg. The actor will play one of the giants in this adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved 1982 novel, joining a cast that includes Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill. Production will take place in Vancouver, but it isn't known when shooting is scheduled to start.
The story centers on a young girl (Ruby Barnhill) who meets a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) and is taken inside their world, known as Giant Country. She teams up with this Bfg and the Queen of England to stop a group of mean giants from invading the rest of the planet. No specific details were given for Bill Hader's character, except that he will play one of the not-so-friendly giants.
By the end of 2014, the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey was the most viewed trailer of the year with a reported 93 million total views. Second was the trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens with 81 million after it was reported earlier in the year the Star Wars trailer had amassed 58.2 million views in its first four days, besting the current record (at the time) held by Avengers: Age of Ultron, which finished 2014 with an estimated 78 million online views. What does all this meanc Well, one thing is for certain, it means if your movie gets a lot of trailer views it's likely to make a lot of money. This is good news for the likes of Jurassic World and Furious 7, but what of the recent press release from Sony announcing the trailer for Pixels was the studio's #1 trailer launch of all timec Sony announced the »
- Brad Brevet
Science fiction dream team Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Frozen, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, 42, I, Robot) and Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle, Monsters University, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog) are blasting off once again to bring a sci-fi show to life. This time, the former captain and pilot duo are launching a campaign on Indiegogo, the world's largest crowdfunding platform, for a brand new web series titled Con Man. The series is a lighthearted take on the personalities, luminaries, comic book stores, and characters they have run into during their years in the sci-fi community and convention circuit, while telling the story of a guy learning to love and embrace his fans. Fans can contribute to Con Man now on Indiegogo here: Indiegogo.com/Projects/Con-Man. Here's what Alan Tudyk had to say about the project in a statement.
"If you've gone to a sci-fi convention, you've only seen half of it. Con Man »
If you didn’t think those two names together was already awesome, well get ready to get even more excited because the science-fiction dream team Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion are back together and, quite literally, they want you!
The pair who’ve worked on a huge range of fantastic films and series including; Firefly, Serenity, Frozen, I Robot, Monsters University and Dodgeball have now launched their Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for a brand new series Con Man which gives fans an all –access look behind the scenes of the sci-fi community and conference world.
Tudyk and Fillion both had something to say, let’s begin with the latter:
“I’m here to say, ‘Woooo!’ and you can quote me. Let me explain: Alan has, for the entire time that I’ve known him, never failed to impress me with his talent. Don’t think I’m blowing smoke here, »
- Dan Bullock
Ahead of Disney's Cinderella arriving in theaters this weekend, we're getting a new look at Pixar's Inside Out that will, quite literally, give you all the feels. The film, due in theaters on June 19 (and Pixar's first since 2013's Monsters University), has dropped its biggest trailer yet, expanding upon the universe of emotions (Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness) set up in previous trailers by teasing what looks like a wildly imaginative adventure story that revolves around the emotions and memories of a little girl named Riley. Watch the trailer below. After accidentally messing with some of Riley's core memories, Sadness (Phyllis Smith) and Joy (Amy Poehler) find themselves lost inside the fantastical active mind of a little girl, forcing them...
- Erik Davis
Ahead of Disney's Cinderella arriving in theaters this weekend, we're getting a new look at Pixar's Inside Out that will, quite literally, give you all the feels. The biggest trailer yet for the film, due in theaters on June 19 (and Pixar's first since 2013's Monsters University), expands upon the universe of emotions (Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness) set up in previous trailers by teasing what looks like a wildly imaginative adventure story that involves the emotions...
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Tokyo – The latest installment in the “Doraemon” animated series for kids, “Doraemon: Nobita’s Space Heroes,” bowed atop the Japanese box office for the March 7-8 weekend.
Released on 365 screens, the film earned $5.3 million on 557,000 admissions from 365 screens. This was 7% better than the opening frame of the previous “Doraemon” entry, which went on to earn $29.5 million last year.
Also debuting was “Solomon’s Perjury (Part 1).” The first element of a two-part mystery based on a bestselling novel by Miyuki Miyabe that begins with a 14-year-old boy’s death in a schoolyard, earned $991,000 on 91,900 admissions from 311 screens. The concluding part, also directed by Izuru Narushima, will open on April 11.
Last week’s number one, “American Sniper,” slipped to number two in its third week on release.
“Big Hero 6” fell from number two to number four in its 12th week in the theaters. As of March 8 the animated feature’s cume was $79 million from 7.05 million admissions, »
- Mark Schilling
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 »
News: DuckTales is Coming Back to TV!
Here's seven animated series we're starting to feel nostalgia for that could give joy to a new generation.
2. Rocko's Modern Life: The humor of this show was pretty sophisticated for a cartoon, giving it an appeal to kids and parents alike.
3. Dexter's Laboratory: If The Powerpuff Girls could get a reboot, surely we should get the chance to see Dexter back in his lab. The brother-sister/odd couple comedy duo of a mad scientist child and his annoying sister Dee Dee is one of the best of all time.
4. Johnny Bravo: »
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