Part of the fun of watching new Pixar films lies in spotting the traditional Easter eggs hidden by animators … and ‘Brave’ is no different. Were you able to see the infamous Pizza Planet truck in Merida’s kingdom? How about the standard tease for Pixar’s next movie, in this case ‘Monsters University?’ They’re both in there, and we’ll tell you where.
There is likelihood, or at least a possibility - that there will be a 'Brave 2.' The Pixar movie is a success, and while it would be nice for the wholly original tale to inspire more films not based on a pre-existing work, the truth is that it will sooner spin-off material related to itself, whether in the form of features, shorts or a television series. Hardcore Pixar fans may continue wishing for ‘Incredibles 2', but mainstream audiences with their short memories might be more easily sold on a return to the lush animated world of 10th century Scotland. And Disney, surely surprised by the film’s positive reception from boys, no longer has to fear the property is solely for the less-preferred female demographic.
As you no doubt obviously know, Pixar likes to hide a lot of things in their movies. Whether it's the Pizza Planet truck (which is in 'Brave' this weekend if you keep your eyes open!) or hidden characters from previous or upcoming movies, there are always a bunch of Easter Eggs hidden for the die hard fans.
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A piece went viral on the Internet recently called 'The 22 Rules of Storytelling, According to Pixar,' and if anyone is qualified to create the rules of storytelling, it's the animation wizards who gave us 'Finding Nemo,' 'WALL-E,' 'Up,' and the 'Toy Story' trilogy. Looking over their list of rules, and comparing them against my lukewarm reaction to Pixar's latest animated film 'Brave,' I find myself hung up on Rule #3:
"#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won't see what the story is actually about until you're at the end of it. Now rewrite."
Moviegoers across the world consider Pixar to be one of the leaders of proper storytelling in animated film. They've come out with one successful hit after another, blowing away audiences not only with their spectacular animation but their fine stories. And now they've revealed part of the secret to their success: 22 rules for how to tell the perfect story.