What’s Lava about? According to a studio release, the movie will be “a musical love story that takes place over millions of years” and was “inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes.” Sounds beautiful. And also sounds like a great excuse for Pixar’s animators to enjoy several field trips to gorgeous tropical islands.
Earlier this evening I was invited to the Director’s Guild of America screening room in Los Angeles where director Pete Doctor (Up, Monsters Inc.) and producer Jonas Rivera were on hand to give a handful of film journalists a preview of what they have in store with their upcoming movie.
Pete Docter said Riley isn’t the main character in Inside Out, but rather, the setting. He explains that Fear is another major player in the story (voiced by Bill Hader), and that, “I thought I was making a film about my daughter, but the truth is, I’m more making a film about myself in relation to my daughter."
After such wonderful films as Toy Story, The Incredibles, Up and Ratatouille, Pixar's brand is so strong that their very name makes us pumped for upcoming projects, whatever they are about. But one of their 2015 releases is now coming into sharper focus, as the widely acclaimed animation studio unveils a fuller plotline for Inside Out.
This is the latest in a long line of “Cars Toons,” which tend to focus on Mater and his many adventures. Getting Owen Wilson to return is a coup. Perhaps he was hanging around the Pixar campus running lines for Cars 3.
Pixar's Up was a box office smash, adored by critics, and winner of two Academy Awards (for Best Score and Best Animated Feature). But it turns out the movie's charms aren't quite enough to impress cranky citizens of Santa Clara, California who are furious that one family has recreated the Up house's colorful exterior on their Old Victorian home
Thanks to the recent release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we've spent the last few weeks talking about how good Marvel Studios is as sprinkling little Easter Eggs into their films. But let's not forget: Pixar has been doing similar brilliant work in the same regard for the last 19 years - a.k.a. since they began making feature films.
You know what else is driving these decisions, I’m sure? The existence of the open-world Disney Infinity video game, when characters from both of these film franchises play significant roles. The Pixar heroes remain smoking hot right now, and I’m sure the studio wants to keep capitalizing.
Pixar has been cranking out 3D versions of its past classics over the years. The first two Toy Story movies got a crack at theater audiences again. Finding Nemo and the initial Monsters, Inc. got the upgrade. Bird’s outputs are next up. We just don’t know when.
The title essentially says it all. Disney Movie Anywhere is a new, cloud-based digital movie service launched by The Walt Disney Studios that will allow subscribers to access Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies on the go using their favorite iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
I'm not really sure how much stock to put in this story. On the one hand, it's totally feasible that Disney is looking for any way to make money off of their new sci-fi franchise, but at the same time this report is so vague that it could be totally fake and unprovable. Basically, believe that this story could be true, but don't necessarily believe that it is.
Today’s GG nominees cleared up a few lingering Oscar issues … and raised a few more outstanding questions. Here are, I think, 5 shocking developments that occurred this morning, and some analysis on how I think they will affect the ongoing Oscar season.
No matter how you slice it, this has been a banner year for Disney. The acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel over the years have only boosted the studio’s overall bottom line. And their latest partnership with a little company called LucasFilm should only guarantee that these box-office records will only grow, expand and/or tumble in the years to come.
Over the past few years, a trend has emerged. Disney’s welcome attention to original programming has led to a heartfelt rebirth of sentimental storytelling and vividly beautiful animation. And it happened to occur at a time when Pixar has backslid into a bit of a creative lull.
The studio has been mum as to why Good Dinosaur had to shift direction (and directors). All Pixar president Ed Catmull was willing to say at the time was, "Nobody ever remembers the fact that you slipped a film, but they will remember a bad film. Our conclusion was that we were going to give the [dinosaur] film some more time."