Marvel abstained from Comic-Con this year and Lucasfilm didn’t bring any new Star Wars footage to San Diego (that behind the scenes featurette was great, though), but we knew we wouldn’t have to wait much longer for Disney to show off these two highly anticipated properties — the studio’s D23 expo is approaching, and sure enough, Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar will all have a major presence.
When our own Matt Singer got a first look at Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, he wrote that the film looks unlike anything the beloved animation studio has made yet. Now that the first full trailer for the film has arrived, it’s difficult to disagree. This is one beautiful looking movie and this wordless trailer lets those visuals sell the movie on their own.
Buzz Lightyear is one of the most recognizable characters in modern Disney history. But, before he was Buzz, he was a character from the Pixar short film, Tin Toy. Once they decided to make the character a modern toy, he was renamed “Lunar Larry” and “Tempus From Morph” before they settled on Buzz Lightyear. This is just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which takes off with Toy Story!
Sort of like SNL’s famous fake commercials, this new mock ad for Pixar Depression accurately satirizes the studio’s latest animated film, Inside Out. Pixar’s newest film has been praised by many as their greatest effort to date thanks to its surprisingly complex exploration of emotions, but you can’t help but laugh at this video, which deftly mocks Riley for sulking through her first world problems.
Like all of Pixar’s films, Finding Nemo has a lot of references to other movies, past and present. If you look closely you can spot characters from The Incredibles, Toy Story and Cars, plus lots of other fun references from the Pixar team. This is just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which just keeps swimming with Finding Nemo!
Disney and Pixar invited a bunch of journalists to a screening room in New York City earlier today for an hourlong presentation about the film, its characters, and about Sohn himself, who discussed his life story and his journey from film nerd to full-fledged Pixar director. Here are a few notes from the event:
In addition to supplying the voice for Fear, the neurotic and anxiety-driven emotion inside the brain of 11-year-old Riley, Hader has also been spending time inside the Pixar writer’s room, where the so-called Brain Trust convene to work out their upcoming movies. The former SNL star (who also has a cameo as the running slug in Monsters University) has been making recurring trips to the Emeryville campus to contribute to the story process, similar to his role as a Creative Consultant on South Park. We spoke to Hader about working with (and for) Pixar, his contributions to their movies and why, even though he was cut out of the film, he still thinks The Good Dinosaur is going to be awesome.
It’s been at least five years since the last great Pixar film (or more, depending on your feelings about Toy Story 3). In the interim, they produced a series of sequels — some quite entertaining, but few as transcendently beautiful as the original concepts that turned the studio into the most dependable brand in all of Hollywood. Their latest effort, Inside Out, isn’t just a return to form; it surpasses almost all of their previous classics. It is, from start to finish, one of the best films Pixar has ever made.
A few months back, LEGO announced new sets based on beloved properties like Doctor Who and WALL-E, and much rejoicing was heard across the vast geek land. Now we have our first look at LEGO’s WALL-E, and he’s just as cute as you could ever hope for a LEGO WALL-E to be.
It’s possible to talk about Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur without bringing up its troubled production, but it’s difficult. Aside from one very cute teaser trailer, everything we’ve heard about this movie has revolved around massive delays and directors being replaced and the story being radically reworked. Even the newly revealed voice cast includes major changes – Pixar has revealed the “official” cast for this movie before and it looked very, very different.