There are those times where big news is dropped by an actor. Did he or she mean to share the huge news or were they sharing information that was not fully true? Thanks to Bleeding Cool, we know that Tom Hanks (Woody in the Toy Story films) appeared on Breakfast News on the BBC this morning and was asked whether there would be a Toy Story 4. Read on for a link to the video and the full quote where Tom Hanks says that Pixar is already working on it. [Read more…]
Cars 2 Grosses Estimated $68 Million On Opening Weekend (Updated)
UPDATE 2 (6/26/11): Box Office Mojo has released the latest numbers.
UPDATE 1 (6/25/11): Adjusted the numbers based on new reports.
Box Office Mojo is reporting that Cars 2 grossed an estimated $25.7 million on opening day, and is taking in an estimated $68 million for the entire weekend. This puts it in the range of previous Pixar releases. Most of the studio’s films have opened to an opening weekend gross between $50 million and $70 million. Only Toy Story 3 has been able to exceed that, taking in $110 million in its premiere weekend. Read on for more on the predicted weekend box office. [Read more…]
Brave Character Images Leaked
A few days ago, character images from Brave were leaked online. I chose not to post them at the time because they were not meant to be out in the wild just yet (perhaps we would have seen them in an “Art of Brave” book?). Those images have now made the rounds online, and it looks like they are here to stay. Take a look at them here and see why I consider the release of these images to be such a big deal. Read on to check out my rant! [Read more…]
Exclusive: Cars 2 Supervising Animators Shawn Krause and Dave Mullins Talk Pixar Animation (Part 1)
A few months ago, not only did I have the chance to talk to Cars 2 composer Michael Giacchino and story supervisor Nate Stanton – I was lucky to also be able to talk to the supervisors of the animation process on the film. Shawn Krause and Dave Mullins served as supervising animators for years before Cars 2 was released in theaters. I spoke with them about their job, how it is working together, and the intricacies of the animation process at Pixar. Read on to view Part 1 of the interview here! [Read more…]
Short Review: Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation
When the credits rolled at the end of Toy Story 3, after composing myself, I began to think that I had just watched one of the greatest endings to a film trilogy. I was happy when Pixar and director Lee Unkrich said that they viewed the third film as the final feature film with Andy. However, the toys have found a way to continue on, in the hands of adorable new owner Bonnie. Continuing the saga of these toys in the medium of shorts sounded like a great idea, as it allowed the feature films to stand on their own as one cohesive animal without the possibility of damage from a sequel. After watching the short a few times, it is clear that we have another great Pixar short on our hands. Check out my spoiler-free review here! [Read more…]
EW Debuts First Official Still From Brave
In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, the popular magazine has debuted the first official still from Pixar’s 2012 film, Brave. Prior to this, we had only seen concept art and a poster, which EW has all debuted in the past. However, the poster only gave us a look at Princess Merida from the back. Now, without further ado, here it is – the first official look at the main character.
New Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation Still Released
Not only is Cars 2 arriving in theaters tomorrow, but Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation will be debuting as well. While I am currently working on a review of the short, you should know that Pixar has once again turned out a great Toy Story film. It may only be about six minutes long, but it sure is nice to see the gang once again. Disney/Pixar has released a beautiful new still from the short, which you can view in hi-res here! [Read more…]
Game Review: Cars 2 Video Game
Hearing that there would be a Cars 2 video game, it was not difficult to imagine where developer Avalanche Software would take it. They could have simply churned out a little racing game and walked away with some easy money in their pockets. However, sitting down and playing thoroughly through it, it is apparent that Avalanche put in a good deal of work to make this not only a creative racing game, but one that has huge replay value due to its awesome multiplayer modes and just how much damn fun it is. Read on for my review of “Cars 2: The Video Game.” [Read more…]
A Ton of New Cars 2 Hi-Res Images Released
Cars 2 is rolling out in theaters this week, which means that after a long wait, you will finally have seen the entire film! Disney/Pixar has a great primer for you, as it has released a ton of images from the film. Normally when new images appear, we get a few at a time. However, we have about 40 new images from the film for you to view today. Click away, enlarge them, and check ’em out in hi-res here! [Read more…]
Exclusive: Story Supervisor Nate Stanton Talks Cars 2
A few months back, I had the chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with Cars 2 Story Supervisor Nate Stanton. We spoke about exactly what a story supervisor does, the difficulty of the job, transitioning the Cars sequel into the spy genre, the response to criticism for the original film, and the inspirations for the spy aspects. We learn great new details about how the creative team had to cut scenes that were deemed too dark to make the cut. Yes, Pixar was determined to make a great spy film. Read on for an enlightening interview with Stanton! [Read more…]