On the eve of the early IMAX-only opening of Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the Brad Bird film is pulling in overwhelmingly great reviews. It has already been certified “fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes and is currently sitting above 90% on the Tomatometer with more reviews continuing to roll in. The consensus seems to be that there are incredible action sequences and likable characters. One of those characters is played by Pixar’s Teddy Newton (Chatter Telephone in Toy Story 3). Ironically enough, his uncredited role in Ghost Protocol also has to do with a phone. Jump ahead to find out just what his role in the film is. [Read more…]
‘Simpsons’ Parodies/Celebrates ‘Ratatouille’
The writers and producers of The Simpsons love to include references to other works. References to Pixar films have often appeared in episodes of the long-running animated television show. A few weeks ago, this tradition continued as one of the defining moments from Ratatouille made its way into episode “The Food Wife.” Take a look at the video after the jump and see if you can spot it – if you’ve seen Ratatouille, it should not be too hard. This is from the end of the episode, so if for some reason you are desperately trying to avoid Simpsons spoilers, then avoid it. [Read more…]
Simpsons Parodies Animation, Pixar
The Simpsons really went all out last night, parodying Wallace & Gromit, Sylvain Chomet, award shows, Banksy, Randy Newman, and Pixar. In the episode entitled “Angry Dad: The Movie,” the official plot description was that “Bart’s film about an angry father quickly becomes a critic favorite, winning him several awards.” It is difficult to cut to specific moments where Pixar and its films are referenced, as there are many small moments throughout, so I would say you should watch the entire episode, which you can do by clicking here. If you want to start watching from the point of the first Pixar references, click here.
Pixar references include The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., and WALL-E. Then, there was the Mixar short, Condiments, where food items come to life when humans are not around. Sounds familiar, eh?
Lisa calls Mixar “the digital Rembrandts of [her] generation.” High praise!