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.
The last time we saw Woody and Buzz in their own movie they were in the warm and loving care of Bonnie. Sure, we got a sneak peek at their lives post-'Toy Story 3' in the 'Toy Story Toons,' but do you want another feature length movie made about our lovable group of plastic toys? Of course you do. That's why Disney is gearing up to make two more, but this time they're not releasing them in theaters nationwide.
Disney is gearing up to release 'Brave' in theaters this June. The movie, which is basically Pixar's rendition of an arrow-slinging Katniss from 'The Hunger Games,' is set in the lush lands of Scotland, a place all of us should visit really soon. Why's that? Because Disney is offering to bring you on a magical tour across the great land.
Until 'Toy Story 3,' 'Finding Nemo' was Pixar's most successful film, and it could be again when it hits theaters in a 3-D version this September. There's a little more than $75 Million that separates their grosses, and reissues have been known to do well. We're guessing it's going to retake the throne. Check out the trailer for the upcoming re-release.
As is par for the course of marketing these days, there's now a new clip from Pixar's 'Brave,' which hits theaters June 22. It plays up the family dynamic of King Fergus's kingdom, and shows how the group interact behind closed doors. It seems the King (voiced by Billy Connolly) is something of a braggart.
Not everybody can catch every single movie out there in theaters. Sometimes a couple of the films we end up loving we never got the chance to see when during it's theatrical run. So if you were one of the unfortunate people who wasn't able to see 'Ratatouille' or even 'Up' in theaters, AMC Theatres is giving you the chance to finally watch them, and other Pixar classics, on the big screen.
When you're Pixar it's good to take chances, and there's something of a gamble in their upcoming film 'Brave.' It's their first film to have a female lead, which means that they're encroaching on Disney's Princess territory. It's good to give yourself a challenge, and it appears that's what Pixar has done. We've got some new stills, check them out.