Cars 2 is the next Pixar feature. It is slated to be released on June 24, 2011, and is currently having some problems. Not as many problems as newt, but more like the development problems that Ratatouille experienced before Brad Bird took over. However, it is fair to say that the problems will soon cease to exist, as John Lasseter has recently been working very closely with Brad Lewis, the film's director, since these problems arose.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The pros estimate that Toy Story 3's final earnings of this weekend were a whopping $109 million! This is a land slide victory that puts the film high above Pixar's #2 opening, The Incredibles, at a measly $70.5 million. Of course, this means that Toy Story 3, like every other Pixar film to date, was #1 for its opening weekend.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Toy Story 3 is a great film. If you've read my review, you know that I loved it. The critics have spoken, and they all completely agree with me. The final film of the Toy Story trilogy is a smash hit, both at the box office and when it comes to reviews. I was going to compile a list of my favorite reviews, but Mike over at The Pixar Blog has an even more comprehensive list than mine; check it out here and here. All of these reviews offer valuable insight to anybody who is still wondering why they enjoyed the film so much.
Toy Story 3 earned a record-breaking $41 million yesterday at the box office, putting it ahead of Up and WALL-E (both earning under $25 million in their first days). This also gives the film a very good chance of beating The Incredibles' opening weekend box office of $70.5 million, Pixar's best to date.
Friday, June 18, 2010
In 1988, John Lasseter wrote and directed the Pixar short Tin Toy. It was a very crude short film that won an Oscar, as well as the admiration of the animation and filmmaking world. Quickly after the then-revolutionary short was released, Pixar was commissioned by Disney to produce a feature film. Ed Catmull recommended a one-hour TV special to the Mouse instead of a film, but Disney quickly replied that: "If you can make a one-hour special, you can make an hour-and-a-half long picture."
Briefly: /Film has just posted a list of "easter eggs" from Toy Story 3. These easter eggs are almost all references to other Pixar features, which is a tradition for the 25-year-old studio. And with the very colorful and intricate scenes of the daycare, the animators had a lot of freedom when it came to hiding these references. One of the more obvious ones is pictured above--Buzz's battery is a BnL brand battery, straight from the universe of WALL-E!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Ever since I saw Momento, I knew that Christopher Nolan knew how to make a movie. Then, I saw The Dark Knight, and that just reassured me that he is a master of the art of film. His next feature, Inception, looks thoroughly confusing, entertaining, and visually stunning. Watch the video embedded above to learn more about it, and see some cool behind-the-scenes footage.
Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved.
Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible: inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.
If you had the pleasure of walking down Hollywood Blvd. yesterday, you would have noticed a lot of commotion coming from Disney's El Capitan theater. All of that commotion would have been the world premiere of Toy Story 3.
A lot of Pixar and Disney personalities showed up--director Lee Unkrich, Tim Allen (voice of Buzz), Tom Hanks (voice of Woody), composer Randy Newman, John Lasseter, Disney CEO Bob Iger--as well as some other celebrities, such as Buzz Aldrin and Britney Spears.
Check out Daylife and Hollywood.com for a ton of photos, as well as TrailerAddict for some great on-the-spot interviews.
Only 3 more days...
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Briefly: Wired has recently released a hilarious article that proposes five alternative directors to helm The Hobbit, but then quickly decides against all of them. These directors include Terry Gilliam whose "famed bad luck comes into play" and dooms the whole production, Tim Burton but "doubt sets in when Johnny Depp is brought on to play Gandalf," George Lucas who "changes the plot to be about Sauron's early life as an adorable toddler caught in the middle of a continent-spanning dispute over water rights," Michael Bay and Uwe Boll. There's some really funny stuff in there if you're as into movies as I am.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
There are some great quotes in those interviews. Especially when Tom talks about how emotional he and Tim got during Jessie's song in Toy Story 2. It just shows how powerful Pixar's unique attention to story can be.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Above is the very first that anybody has ever seen of Disney's upcoming animated film, Tangled. It's short and has quick cuts, but I can already tell that it is going to be a gorgeous film--while computer-generated, it looks like it will retain the quality and depth of the hand-drawn Disney films we all love. Here's hoping...
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Briefly: The cinema-oriented publications Variety and The Hollywood Reporter have just released their reviews of Toy Story 3. While I don't personally recommend reading a review of a film before seeing it, some people are adamant about it. So, if you're one of these people: Variety, THR.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Watch that video. Now. It is the making of Day & Night. It shows great drawings and concept art, as well as some great interview footage from the crew of Pixar's upcoming short, Day & Night. The director discusses his inspirations for the short, as well as the 3D aspect of it. Also, it has a brand new clip from Day & Night! It's a great, brief video.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
If you look at Disney, etc. often, you'll know I am a Pixar and Disney guy, and not too fond of DreamWorks Animation as a whole. Sure, they have some great films such as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, but, overall, their films aren't of the same quality as Disney or Pixar. Still, I love movies and animation, and am interested in all of the studios' histories and creative methods. Therefore, I am definitely going to pick up a copy of The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks. It has great reviews (here's one from Business Week), and apparently contains a lot of thorough research and animation history. Here's an interview with the book's author, Nicole Laporte. When asked if DreamWorks will ever surpass Pixar, Laporte comments:
The Pixar culture is the anti-Hollywood studio. It’s based in Northern California. They nurture these ideas over years. At Dreamworks, it’s much more about the way a live action movie gets made. You hire Judd Apatow to come in one day and write some jokes and punch it up. At this point, Pixar is head and shoulders above everyone. I don’t see them passing on the crown any time soon. But I think Katzenberg has seen the folly of his ways. I think he realized you have to let the artist be the artist.The book is available from Amazon now for $18.50.
Source: Cartoon Brew
Saturday, June 5, 2010
The Amazon product page for the Toy Story 3 album has just gone live, and reveals a lot. It has a complete track listing, the album cover, and a 30-second sample of each track.
All tracks on the soundtrack are by Randy Newman. All, that is, except for the Spanish version of "You've Got a Friend in Me," which is performed by one of my favorite bands, the Gipsy Kings.
Here's the complete track listing:
- We Belong Together
- You've Got a Friend in Me (para el Buzz Español)
- Woody Bails
- Come to Papa
- Go See Lotso
- Bad Buzz
- You Got Lucky
- Spanish Buzz
- What About Daisy?
- To The Dump
- The Claw
- Going Home
- So Long
- Zu-Zu (Ken's Theme)
Very exciting! I am definitely most excited for the Gipsy Kings' rendition of one of my favorite songs, "You've Got a Friend in Me"; it's gonna be great. See the product page for the album here.
Toy Story 3 comes out in theaters on June 18--only 13 days left!