Depending on who you listen to, cinema is dying. Or cinema is dead. Pining for the fjords, or soon to be buried, don’t forget: the medium of film is in serious trouble. Recently, director Steven Soderbergh—who’s been very public about retiring for the last couple of years, and is finally heading out after his HBO biopic about Liberace premieres later this month—gave an address at the San Francisco International Film Festival, holding court for nearly an hour on how the difference between cinema and movies has opened an immense and irreparable divide between art and commerce, one that few filmmakers can bridge. Over the weekend, this video was posted around the Internet; in it, Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle categorized the problem he saw with mainstream cinema as being the “Pixarification” of films.
The animation, characters, and script may get a lot of the glory in Pixar films, but it would be a mistake to overlook the role that the music plays. A prime example would be the opening sequence in Up, which took a somber turn right after we fell in love with the characters – it broke our hearts, but combine that with Michael Giacchino‘s superb score, and we were left devastated. Composer Thomas Newman has collaborated with director Andrew Stanton twice before, is reportedly working on next year’s The Good Dinosaur, and we have just learned that he will likely return for Finding Dory. Find more details after the break!
As unlikely as it may have seemed a few years ago, or even a few months ago if you were stubbornly holding out against the truth, there will be a sequel to the 2003 Pixar classic Finding Nemo, opening in 2015. Of course, more than 30 months from its release, we know very little about Finding Dory, aside from that title, its release date, the involvement of Albert Brooks and—in a more pronounced fashion—Ellen DeGeneres, and little else. But that title can, if nothing else, allow us to assume we have a general notion of what the film will entail: instead of the harried, neurotic Marlin searching the ocean for his son Nemo, he’ll have to do so for the unlikely friend he picked up on that first journey, Dory. These are the facts—at least based on Disney’s recent press release—but those meager crumbs have inspired a great deal of worrisome Internet fervor in the last couple weeks.
Over the last year or so, there’s been a trend online where people create short videos in which they list a series of problems they spotted in a mainstream movie, from Skyfall to Looper to The Dark Knight Rises. These videos all have received a disturbing amount of traction, as if their creators deserve a pat on the back for seeing what the rest of us, apparently, didn’t see or chose to ignore. These bite-sized excuses for modern film criticism are created by people who presume they’re being insightful, which is far from the truth. Better still, when they’re called out for their unnecessary whining, as happened when Looper’s director, Rian Johnson, got audibly frustrated at one of these videos, they half-heartedly shield themselves behind the “Oh, it’s just a joke!” excuse. Among Pixar films, Brave avoided this nitpicking—at least on such a grand scale. But if this video is any hint, we may need to batten down the virtual hatches because the nitpickers are already unloading on Monsters University. [Read more...]
Over the last two decades, Pixar Animation Studios has been able to top its competitors by reaching an almost unattainbly high level of quality. Pixar isn’t worried, it seems, with topping DreamWorks, but topping only what they’ve done in the past. Those rival studios—really, any studio making a family film, animated or not—are judged against whatever Pixar makes, but the Emeryville, California company raises the bar mostly so they can clear it before anyone else does. We may become rapidly disappointed at their output when they release something like Cars 2 after Toy Story 3, but it’s only because when Pixar delivers on a promise of brilliance, they do so in such unbelievable, ridiculous, unexpectedly moving ways. Their various consecutive runs of quality are unparalleled in the modern film industry, which they’ve worked hard to be separate from. Pixar works with Disney, fully ensconced in the culture of Hollywood, but being placed hundreds of miles north makes them feel totally separate, even now. And yet, there is one disturbing trait they share with the greater film industry, one that needs to be fixed soon: Pixar has a woman problem.
Since the revelation that Andrew Stanton would be returning to Pixar to direct a follow-up to Finding Nemo, many have wondered what the plot for the second film would be. Will Nemo go missing again? Will it be a sequel or a prequel? Will Darla grow up to be a perfectly normal adult? Much of the success of the original film stems from the touching story and the talented voice cast, including veteran Albert Brooks. It has now emerged that Brooks will be returning to voice Marlin. More after the break!
Earlier this year, Andrew Stanton‘s first live-action effort made its leap onto the big screen but was quickly overshadowed by unsubstantiated rumors of a bloated budget and unplanned reshoots. Stanton went on the record, combating many of the negative rumors attached to John Carter. Now that there are currently no plans for a sequel, he confirms that, in line with unconfirmed reports back in July, he is returning to Pixar to direct a follow-up to Finding Nemo.
Before Pixar’s focus turned to feature films, the studio mastered the art of the short. Back in the 1980s, animation technology was far more limited than it is now, but John Lasseter and company were still able to blow audiences away with revolutionary computer animation but more important than that, stories with heart. After the release of Pixar Shorts Volume 1 , which collected such memorable shorts as Luxo, Jr., Tin Toy, and For The Birds on DVD and Blu-ray, many have been anticipating a Volume 2. The time is now, as the Blu-ray and DVD for the second volume has just gone up for pre-order!
Finding Nemo remains one of the most visually stunning Pixar films. While it has been about 10 years since the film arrived in theaters, the underwater world still wows with its incredibly realistic water effects. The 3D re-release of the animated film is just a few weeks away, which means the marketing campaign is well underway. Disney/Pixar has released a new featurette that looks specifically at the 3D conversion. Watch it in HD after the break!
Yesterday, the Internet was whipped up into a frenzy over the news that director Andrew Stanton had developed an idea for a follow-up to his Oscar-winning Finding Nemo. Deadline reported that Stanton had worked out a deal with Disney where if he directed Finding Nemo 2, the studio would allow him to direct a live-action film. The big news took over Twitter yesterday, becoming a top trending topic for much of the day, and generated thousands of comments across the web. Stanton stayed quiet on the speculation until late yesterday when he tweeted a semi-response. Find out what he said after the break! [Read more...]
Andrew Stanton has a fantastic track record at Pixar, having directed Oscar winners Finding Nemo and WALL-E. He ventured into live-action recently with John Carter, which was dubbed a flop before it even made it into theaters but still made around $300 million worldwide. It may have lost Disney money, but it was a notably ambitious take on the Edgar Rice Burroughs series that many tried to bring to the big screen yet failed. Now, in the shadow of Finding Nemo 3D‘s release in September, there are reports that Andrew Stanton has returned full-time to Pixar and is working on bringing a sequel to Finding Nemo to theaters in 2016. [Read more...]
Many of us have been drooling over the prospect of a Finding Nemo Blu-ray set for a long while. Over the course of the last several years, Disney has been slowly re-releasing early Pixar films in the Blu-ray format, as the later films have enjoyed simultaneous Blu-ray and DVD releases. The time for Finding Nemo is now almost here! On Tuesday, I was given a tour of Disney’s upcoming toys and other merchandise, in which the film’s new Blu-ray 5-Disc set was featured. Last night, I returned to the Preview and took a few pictures of the packaging, which lists most of the special features. Take a look at the images after the break! [Read more...]
Cafe Where Pixar Came Up With ‘A Bug’s Life,’ ‘Monsters, Inc.,’ ‘Finding Nemo,’ and ‘WALL-E’ Shuts Down
Hidden City Cafe is well-known in Pixar lore, as it is the location of a very special lunch that studio employees had – a lunch where they came up with the ideas for four of its films. Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter, Pete Docter, and Joe Ranft (RIP) gathered for a memorable meal at the cafe, as they outlined ideas that went on to become A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and WALL-E. The cafe has often been visited by Pixar fans, to get a taste of the birthplace of so many of the studio’s films. However, when one fan recently dropped by, he discovered that the place had been shut down. [Read more...]
Ever wonder how one gets their hands on an original sketch from a Pixar artist or a signed book from a director at the studio? Of course you have! Dice Tsutsumi, Art Director of Toy Story 3, has set up an auction to benefit Japan after the catastrophic events the country faced one year ago. With 100% of the proceeds going to the Mercy Corps Japan Recovery Fund, taking a look at the auction of these rare items is a no-brainer. Check out some of the awesome collectibles after the jump! [Read more...]
Given the amount of negativity surrounding Finding Nemo and WALL-E director Andrew Stanton’s first live-action film, John Carter, you would think that many are not only expecting it to fail, but want it to. Stanton recently returned to Twitter and has been very active, taking time out of his surely-insane schedule to answer questions posed to him by followers. He has cleared up a few rumors about the film that have been floating around the web for months. After the jump, read what he had to say about the film’s oft-written about budget problems and more. [Read more...]
I don’t tend to pay a large amount of attention to parody trailers, because the vast majority of them are not that great. However, there are a select few that hit the right note, mostly due to its creator’s close attention to detail. One of those is called WALL-ETHEUS and it is exactly what it sounds like – a WALL-E trailer, featuring the music and design from the trailer of the much-anticipated Alien prequel, Prometheus. The video comes to us from Brad Hansen of CraveOnline. Check it out after the jump! [Read more...]
Our first look at Finding Nemo 3D is hitting multiplexes all over the country this Friday with Beauty and the Beast 3D. To mark the underwater film’s debut in the 3D format, Disney/Pixar has just released a trailer for the film’s debut in September. While it is fine to see the beautiful world all over again on the computer screen, it cannot compare to the 3D trailer that will be playing in theatres this weekend. For now, check out this Finding Nemo 3D trailer…in 2D! [Read more...]
One complaint about the teaser trailer for John Carter was that there was not much to be seen – that it was too mysterious. Well, the curtain has been pulled apart in a big way as the new trailer, which has debuted online through IGN, showcases a lot more action and features snippets from what are sure to be some kick-ass battle sequences. From the many interviews that director Andrew Stanton has given about the film, he is clearly passionate about the film and is determined to release something great. Check out the full trailer here! [Read more...]
With a new trailer coming later this week, Disney has debuted a brand new poster for the live-action John Carter. The first poster for the film received a bit of a mixed reaction, as it was very mysterious and did not provide any hints as to the storyline of the film. However, I believe that this new poster not only provides tidbits about the story, but it also does it with some style. Courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers, take a look at the great-looking poster after the jump. [Read more...]
John Carter is now less than four months away from its release, which means that marketing for the film is ready ti kick into high gear. Disney should be releasing a new trailer for the highly anticipated film, which is director Andrew Stanton‘s first foray into the world of live-action. The WALL-E director has been busy with reshoots recently, signaling that the film is nearing the end of its production. EW and SFX have released a few new stills from the upcoming production, which will likely be seen in the new full-length trailer. Take a look at the images after the jump! [Read more...]