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Wednesday
Jul072010

A behind-the-scenes look into Pixar Studios

Any fan of Pixar will find this fascinating. The Guardian was fortunate enough to get a full tour of Pixar Animation Studios. In May, Newt was cancelled, leaving only one original film on the company's release list, along with a sequels to Cars and Monsters Inc. on the docket of a company that doesn't usually make sequels. But now, with Toy Story 3 criticaland commercial success, we're all wondering how the little California company keeps making such great films without exception. While I wish The Guardian would have gone into more depth, the tour is a fun look into the coolest room in the House of Mouse. 

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Monday
Jun212010

Is TOY STORY 3 about the Holocaust? Existentialism? Marxism? Maybe it's all about sexual inadequacy?

Everyone's abuzz about Toy Story 3. It's Pixar's best reviewed film yet (98% on RT) and earned a hefty $109 million in its opening weekend, beating out Pixar's previous launch record of $71 million with The Incredibles. If you haven't seen it yet, get to the theater. I recommend IMAX 3D (regular 3D isn't as good), but see it on a big screen either way. It's fantastic. That said, some people have conjured up some unique interpretations of the series. Spoilers ahead!

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Friday
Jun182010

TOY STORY 3 is a hilarious, emotional rollercoaster for all ages

Rating:  (Awesome)

Usually, when I review a movie, I take notes, but last night I didn't even think about it. Toy Story 3 was the most fun I've had at the movies in a long time. A friend of mine used the word 'rollercoaster' to describe it, and I'd agree. Woody and Buzz Lightyear's new adventure has more action and comedy than any Pixar film yet, but in the end, Pixar never loses sight of what makes Toy Story so lovable: its characters. 

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Thursday
Jun172010

Finding Nemo meets BP oil spill (funny, sad)

I laughed at these Finding Nemo meets BP Oil Spill pics, but only because of how sadly accurate they actually are. They come from Chibiboto (via Nerdcore). /Film ponders if the proposed sequel should be named Saving Nemo--not bad. I hope the folks at Chibiboto redo The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker in BP oil next. I've posted a few more of the concepts after the jump.

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Thursday
Jun102010

The cast of TOY STORY 3 Googles itself (video)

You have to hand it to Pixar. There is a lot of positive 'buzz' about Toy Story 3, despite this year being pretty harsh to sequels, so far. How do they do it? Well, it starts with ads like this. Just watching this is enough to get me excited for the new film and they hardly talk about it. It's funny, the first Toy Story came out in 1995; the internet was a very different place back then. Everyone but Rex seems to have learned how to type in the last few years. Microsoft might be angry they aren't using Bing

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Friday
May142010

INCEPTION meets Pixar's UP in this trailer mash...up

Inception, the next film from auteur Christopher Nolan, is on its way. Check out the trailer, if you haven't yet. After you're finished, come on back and watch this mash up.  It's almost as good as the Pocahontas / Avatar trailer a few months back. 

Youtube user iwantmyTVNOW created the trailer. Thanks to Filmonic for the link and for pointing out that the beautiful music in the trailer is "Mind Heist" by Zack Hemsey. Click here to listen to the full track.

Thursday
May132010

Pixar cancels NEWT...is Pixar losing itself now that it's a part of Disney?

Newt, an original film, has gotten the axe in favor of a sequel flurry at Pixar. This is the first announced project that Pixar has cancelled. This news comes from Mike Bastoli of The Pixar Blog, who heard it from Disney archivist Dave Smith. Bastoli noticed that the film was no longer on an encyclopedia of Disney titles operated by Smith. Newt was announced in April 2008 at Disney/Pixar's Animation Presentation in New York City and was scheduled to be released in the summer of 2011.

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Friday
Mar262010

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3D is DreamWorks' best animated movie since SHREK

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I didn't expect much after seeing its trailer, but How to Train Your Dragon is not your typical Dreamworks animated movie. For the first time in a long time, the studio has stepped up its game and produced something memorable. Dragon is a DreamWorks movie on par with Pixar. Though it's based loosely on a book from Cressida Cowell, it is also one of the best video game movies I've seen, blending elements from some of the warmer Legend of Zelda games and the visceral feel of Panzer Dragoon. Children, parents, gamers, adults, and even cynics will find something to enjoy. 

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Friday
Mar192010

MEGAMIND teaser is a reminder why Dreamworks is no Pixar

From the director of Madagascar and two unknown writers comes Megamind, which looks like yet another rather lame computer animated comedy from Dreamworks. I suppose it wouldn't be so bad if not for the incredible films consistently flowing from Pixar. Shrek (2002) is still the best film to come from Dreamworks animation, while Pixar seems to top itself year after year. Perhaps I'm being too harsh?

The IMDB description for this is as follows:

After super-villain Megamind (Ferrell) kills his good-guy nemesis, Metro Man (Pitt), he becomes bored since there is no one left to fight. He creates a new foe, Titan (Hill), who, instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world, positioning Megamind to save the day for the first time in his life.

Megamind hits theaters Nov. 5, 2010. 

Thursday
Feb252010

MONSTERS INC. 2 on the way? 

Mike Wazowski still hasn't filed his paperwork, it would appear. Sully, Mike, and his succulant little garden snail Roz (seen above) may be returning for a sequel. Latino Review reports from an "inside source" that the sequel is "a go" at Pixar and will likely hit theaters before 2013. If that seems like a long time, remember that a typical animated film from Pixar has a four year development cycle. Since the film is a sequel, this Dev. time may be shorter, but Pixar is known for taking its perfectionism.

Here's the current Pixar release calendar.

  • 2010: Toy Story 3
  • 2011: Cars 2
  • 2011(late): The Bear and the Bow
  • 2012: Newt 

Pixar is my favorite movie house, but all these sequels are scaring me. The studio is popular solely because it doesn't usually do sequels. Let's hope that it can retain its magic as it starts cranking out two films a year, per its marching orders from Disney. More on Monsters Inc. 2 as I hear it.