April 18, 2014

‘Brave’ Co-Director Brenda Chapman Exits Pixar? (Confirmed)

Co-Director Brenda Chapman arrives at "Brave" World Premiere. Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images.

Brenda Chapman was a well-known personality in the industry before she arrived at Pixar, as she was the first woman ever to direct an animated film from a major studio (The Prince of Egypt from DreamWorks Animation). She had also worked in the writing department on Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Chicken Run. Excitement was in the air when she was hired by Pixar, considered by many to be the best in the animation business. She was to be the first female lead director at the studio when she came up with the idea for Brave before she was replaced by Mark Andrews. Now, a report has emerged that she recently left Pixar. [Read more...]

‘Brave’ Crosses $200 Million Mark At The Box Office

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Pixar films have a phenomenally consistent record at the box office, averaging well over $200 million in North America alone. Before last week, nine of the previously released 12 films from the animation studio had settled at a number larger than $200 million. Brave has followed in the footsteps of those films and just last week joined them, crossing the mark last Wednesday. Factoring in the film’s gross from this weekend, it climbed the chart of Pixar films to become the ninth biggest (domestically) from the studio. [Read more...]

Comic-Con 2012: Pixar Costumes

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Each year, about 130,000 people descend upon San Diego to attend Comic-Con, which has evolved into a massive event focused on film, TV, comics, and pop culture. Many cosplay (definition for those who may not know: they wear costumes) and put together incredibly intricate designs to bring their favorite characters to life. Brave‘s Merida is the first female lead in a Pixar film, so it comes as no surprise that there are fans who have donned costumes, bringing the red-haired princess to the real world. Take a look at some Merida cosplayers, as well as a costume mash-up of two Pixar films from San Diego Comic-Con after the break! [Read more...]

‘Brave’ Stays Strong In Third Weekend, Closing In On $200 Million

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More than sheer spectacle is necessary if a film is to maintain some strength throughout its box office run. If it suffers from bad word-of-mouth, odds are that the numbers will experience percentage drops of more than 50% in subsequent weekends. More often than not, Pixar films have stayed strong in their third and fourth weekends and beyond, making the Pixar brand extremely bankable. Pixar’s Brave grossed an estimated $20 million in its third weekend, which now has it closing in upon the $200 million mark. [Read more...]

‘Brave’ Easter Eggs – Pizza Planet Truck, Sulley From ‘Monsters University’

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Aside from the fun of enjoying a new Pixar film every year, fans have grown accustomed to hunting down easter eggs hidden by Pixar employees. After its debut in Toy Story, the Pizza Planet Truck has appeared in every Pixar film, aside from The Incredibles. Additionally, we are regularly provided with a hint of a character from the studio’s next film. With Brave seeing release on June 22, many fans have found some of the cleverly hidden easter eggs. After the break, check out hi-res images showing where these gems are hidden! [Read more...]

Actress Kelly Macdonald On Voicing Merida In ‘Brave’ And Its Video Game

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Great acting means that viewers forget that they are watching an actor or actress playing a role – the actor fully becomes the character. In Brave, actress Kelly Macdonald voices the main character, Merida, and does a beautiful job at convincing us we are watching the journey of a teenager trying to connect with her mother. With Brave now playing in North America (and starting to expand to theaters around the world) and its video game adaptation available, Macdonald spoke about voicing the fiery redhead for the screen as well as the game console. Watch the video in HD after the break! [Read more...]

‘Brave’ Adds Estimated $34 Million In Its Second Weekend

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Box office success depends on more than the opening weekend, as those who are the most excited to see a film will go see it as early as they can. The real challenge for studios is bringing in the audience that is on the fence – a good film will usually accomplish that with the circulation of positive word-of-mouth. Last weekend, Brave took in over $66 million, and many box office analysts expected it to hold rather well in its second weekend, with two R-rated films opening. While it did not maintain the number one spot, Pixar’s latest was still up to the challenge and brought home an estimated $34 million. After the break, we take a closer look at how Brave is holding up against its Pixar brethren. [Read more...]

PixArt Salutes The Pixar Heroine – Batch 4

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What an incredible month of PixArt it has been! We are back with our final post featuring art honoring Pixar’s female characters. Pixar fans – not to mention fans of this blog in particular – are the best, and we’ve got the art to prove it. Check out this last batch of talented tributes, which contains 12 pieces of artwork! Make sure to check out their personal websites for more art. Our thanks this week to Jay RogersMartin GeeVirginie Taravel, Dave Mott, Jenelle Huddleston, Elizabeth Duncan, Chavah Billin, Chris Kennett, Ciara Panacchia, Jonathan Jimison, Jon Lousie Paramel and Cat Oshiro. [Read more...]

15 New Hi-Res Images From ‘Brave’ Released

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Brave is enjoying its time in the limelight, racking up over $66 million last weekend and gearing up for a box office battle with Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, which may be another good film from the famed director, but I hardly think families will be viewing the stripper-focused film together. Whether you have seen Brave or still remain unconvinced (for the record, I really enjoyed the film), Disney/Pixar has released 15 new hi-res stills from the animated film for you to gander at. Bask in their high-resolution glory after the break! [Read more...]

Disney Holiday Gift Preview 2012: Pixar Merchandise

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Yesterday, Disney provided me with an extensive tour of its upcoming merchandise for the next few months. Unsurprisingly, given their popularity, we will be seeing new toy lines from both the Toy Story and Cars franchises. With Monsters University still a year away, the big focus is on Brave merch at the moment, though, as bow and arrow sets continue to sell out across Disney Stores and other retailers. After the break, get a preview of some of the merchandise based on Pixar films you can expect to see at retailers soon. [Read more...]

‘Brave’ Opens To $66 Million – Pixar Continues To Be A Force At The Box Office

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Pixar has been enjoying an incredible run of success stories, dating all the way back to Toy Story, its first feature film, and the first feature-length computer animated film in the industry. Before this weekend, the studio had released 12 feature films in theaters, and all 12 of them had opened at the number one slot at the box office during its opening weekend. Pixar seems unstoppable in that department, as Brave officially lengthened that streak to 13, bringing in over $66 million in North America this weekend. [Read more...]

‘Brave’ References Canceled Pixar Film ‘Newt?’

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Back in 2010, there came shocking news (at least for those who follow Pixar) that the highly-anticipated film, Newt, had been cancelled. Employees had done years of work developing the film, so it was surprising to see the film taken off the production schedule indefinitely. Pixar likely realized how much of the employees’ great work would never be seen, and released concept art online (seen here and here). The film has lived on, though, in the form of an easter egg in Toy Story 3. We have also found what may very well be another easter egg for the now-deceased film in Brave. Take a look at the evidence after the break! [Read more...]

Discuss: What Did You Think Of ‘Brave?’

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Brave opened today in North America, seeing release at over 4,000 locations (a new record for a Pixar film). You have likely heard or read a review or two for the film, but Pixar makes its movies for everyone, not just critics. We all have our own opinions on films that we have just viewed, so share your own thoughts about the film after the break. As this is a discussion between those who have seen the film, there may very well be spoilers up ahead. If you have not seen Brave yet, come back once you have. Everyone else – proceed! [Read more...]

PixArt Salutes The Pixar Heroine – Batch 3

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Today is the day! Finally, Brave has been unleashed upon the public here in North America.  What better way to celebrate Merida’s grand debut in theaters than with a super-sized tribute to the many heroines of Pixar films. We’re back with Batch 3 of artwork from our amazing readers. Check out their work and make sure to visit their sites for more samples of their amazing talents. Our thanks to all of the artists in this week’s post: Yosiell Lorenzo, Wayne Harris, Viviane Yamabuchi, SaMtRoNiKa, Phillip Light, Nilah Magruder, Miriam Bos, Marco Luna, Kylea Phillips, Keelin Quigley, Jonathan Jimison, Jackie Williams, Genevieve Santos, Dave Mott, Danny Clark, Courtney Godbey Wise, Bob Ostrom, Andrew Kolb and Alice Reka. Check out the 20 pieces after the break! [Read more...]

‘Brave’ Monopoly Rolls Onto Store Shelves

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Playing board games is a tradition in many families, bringing people of all ages together to play on level ground. Monopoly is easily one of the most popular examples, with the game spawning numerous editions throughout the world. To add to that, Disney/Pixar and USAopoly have collaborated to release Monopoly: Brave Collector’s Edition, inspired by the latest animated film from Pixar. After the break, check out the game board, the tokens, and more! [Read more...]

Film Review: ‘Brave’

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With most reviews written today for Pixar films, there is this innate drive to compare the studio’s latest with its fantastic catalog. The Pixar name has become synonymous with more than just great animated films – a story that is layered so that both children and adults can enjoy it, characters that you can relate to, smart and creative humor, beautiful visuals – over the last decade, Pixar has become a brand that brings in droves of people expecting another great film. The challenge that arises from that expectation is that instead of weighing the films on their own merits, they are endlessly compared to the films that came before. Brave arrives in theaters tomorrow with much hype about whether it makes for a film worthy of the Pixar name – Pixar film or not, Brave is first and foremost an impressive feature, with a compelling mother-daughter relationship that sits at its core. After the break, you can find my full spoiler-free thoughts on the film. [Read more...]

Photos From ‘Brave’ World Premiere At The Dolby Theatre

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The world premiere of Brave, Pixar’s latest feature-length film, was held last night in Hollywood, California. Members of the Pixar production staff turned out to celebrate the imminent release of the film. The premiere was held at the Dolby Theatre, which had its grand re-opening, after the sound company took over the naming rights from Kodak. The Kodak Theatre name may sound familiar, as it has been the home for the Academy Awards. Take a look at photos from the animated film’s world premiere after the break! [Read more...]

“Brave: The Video Game” Now Available For Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PC and MAC

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Films of the action/adventure sort have the potential to be entertaining video games, but adaptations often fall short. Disney Interactive, though, has been on somewhat of a roll with its releases of high-quality games based on Toy Story 3 and Cars 2. Working closely with Pixar, the game developers have been focused on bringing gamers of all ages an experience that is faithful to the films, as well as an enjoyable adventure that goes beyond the film’s story. Brave: The Video Game, which hopes to continue that tradition, is now available for all major gaming consoles. [Read more...]

Exclusive: ‘Brave’ Production Designer Steve Pilcher Talks Change In Directors, Mythical Side of Scotland, And Setting A Mysterious Tone

Steve Pilcher working in his office. (Photo by Deborah Coleman/Pixar)

Back in April, I was invited to Pixar to preview the first half-hour of Brave, and speak in-depth with several of the filmmakers. I had the opportunity to sit down with the film’s production designer, Steve Pilcher, who worked on the film for almost seven years. That may sound like a frustrating amount of time on one film, but Pilcher loves what he does. After the jump, read my exclusive interview with him, where he talks about the job of a production designer, the change in directors that Brave went through, the mythical aspects of Scotland, the importance of mystery to the film’s look, and more! [Read more...]

Watch: ‘Brave’ Says “Happy Father’s Day” In New Promo

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With the release of Brave only one week away, there has been an avalanche of promos for the upcoming Pixar film. Many of them have gone the comedic route, parodying such things as informercials and fashion ads. I have always been a fan of the emotional ads, which is why I thought the Mother’s Day Brave promo was the best one in the film’s marketing campaign. With Father’s Day right around the corner (you have less than two days to buy those last-minute presents), Disney/Pixar has released a similar promo, this time focusing on Merida and her father’s relationship. Watch the promo in HD after the jump! [Read more...]