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Walt Disney Studios Passes $4 Billion At Global Box Office For First Time
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 studioís 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.
Hear Me Out: Disney Has Reclaimed The Animation Crown As Pixar Falls Behind
Over the past few years, a trend has emerged. Disneyís 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.
Pixar Lays Off Staff Following Delay Of The Good Dinosaur
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."
Operation Kino 138: John Ratzenberger On Cheers, Pixar, American Made And My Cousin Vinny
This week we're incredibly thrilled to have as our guest John Ratzenberger, the iconic star of Cheers and every single Pixar movie, who's joining us to talk about his new TV series "American Made," which is currently launching a Fund Anything campaign. We also asked John to pick a favorite movie to discuss, and he suggested My Cousin Vinny, which gives us the chance to talk about what makes a good Hollywood comedy
Pixar Pushes The Good Dinosaur, Leaving 2014 Completely Pixar-Free
This means there will be no Pixar release coming to theaters in 2014 at all, and that the Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory has been knocked domino-style from Thanksgiving 2015 to the summer of 2016.
Pixar Removes Director Bob Peterson From The Good Dinosaur
Ideally the director change works exactly the way Pixar intends, resulting in a better film and continued camaraderie among a tight-knit group of directors willing to do anything for the betterment of the story. But there's a lot of pressure on The Good Dinosaur, as an effort to steer the once blazingly original studio away from its string of sequels
Monsters University Will Rush Its Way Onto Blu-ray In October
Pixarís been churning out sequels and prequels a lot more often in recent years. Some have been a little more well-received than others, but regardless of where you might place Monsters University in the Pixar canon, very few people would claim it isnít at minimum an extremely enjoyable ride.
Pixar Changes Its Finding Dory Ending In Response To Sea World Controversy
This change in direction for Finding Dory is an excellent PR move for Pixar, distancing itself from a documentary thatís grabbing a ton of press by shining its light on a serious problem in the aquatic community. We donít know what the ending of Dory is (or was), but if it involved an orca in a Sea World park, then yes, it would have been tough to explain away the connections.
Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black And More Lend Voices To Pixar's Inside Out
The news from today's D23 presentation by Walt Disney Animation and Pixar about the voice cast for The Good Dinosaur was exciting, sure, but it wasn't enough to eclipse the buzz for another new, original Pixar movie, Inside Out
Pixar's The Good Dinosaur Cast Includes Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, John Lithgow And More
We've long since passed the days when Pixar was famous for casting little-known character actors to be the main voices in their features, but at least the animation studio continues to know how to pick actors we adore anyway. At today's D23 animation presentation-- which Eric has been liveblogging here-- director Peter Sohn announced the voice cast for The Good Dinosaur, the animated film that's due May 30 next year
It's All Connected! Pixar Theory Obsessively Incorporates Every Movie Into One Timeline
No, this theory isnít meant to be treated as gospel. Itís a fun exploration that admittedly makes Pixar sound like a more together studio than some of its weaker films may have us believe. As a geeky icebreaker, itís hard to beat.
Pixar Scaling Back On Sequels, Re-focusing On Original Stories
To put it kindly, Cars 2 wasnít good. And their subsequent films havenít been as good either. While the studioís films continue to make gobs of cash, nearly everyone agrees they arenít as good as they once were. Even they seem to see that thereís a problem. So theyíre making changes.
See The Pizza Planet Truck Hidden In Monsters University
Sulley is entering classroom A113 on the campus of Monsters University. That, of course, is an inside-joke reference to a CalArts classroom that housed several of the Pixar artists during their formative years. The numerical sequence has found its way into every Pixar film to date, and Monsters U. is no different.
Pixar And Disney Animation Announce Release Dates Through 2018
While they have missed a couple years here and there, for the most part Pixar has managed to put out just about one film a year ever since they got into the feature game with Toy Story back in 1995. But 2015 will mark a very significant change, as for the first time ever the studio will be putting out two films in one calendar year.
Brave Director And Fans Protest Merida's Disney Princess Makeover
The Disney Princess has a knack for diluting the most interesting qualities of all its characters and shoving them into a generic princess box, overlooking the fact that Mulan wanted to be a soldier more than a girl in the dress, for example. But Merida's placement in this crowd, especially since the movie ends with her not marrying anyone and continuing to reject all the fancy trappings of princess-dim, seems especially galling
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