Pixar’s Brave is set in what appears to be some part of Scotland, many years ago. Well before the existence of pickup trucks, at least. So while we knew that actor John Ratzenberger was cast — he being a member of every Pixar voice cast to date — there was reason to wonder whether or not the practice of animating easter eggs from previous Pixar films had continued.
We’ve rundown these references in the past for other films, but those familiar with every detail of Pixar’s output have probably already wondered how, for example, the Toy Story Pizza Planet truck will end up in the film. A pizza cart, maybe? (Let’s not talk about what the Scottish equivalent of pizza might be, a hundred or more years ago. That scares me.)
Ratzenberger isn’t the only continuing tradition in the film, however. Director Mark Andrews says that all the small touches Pixar fans have come to expect from the company’s films will be in Brave, too. Read More »
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Chances are you saw the new trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises and didn’t catch Robin the boy wonder or a reference back to the very beginning of the trilogy: Batman Begins. And you probably also saw Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in IMAX but somehow missed the hidden Pixar easter eggs that Ratatouille/The Incredibles director Brad Bird hid within the film. Aren’t you glad we’re here to point them out to you? Find the easer eggs, after the jump.
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Alfred Hitchcock did it, so why not James Cameron? Hitchcock loved to cameo in his own films and, though many people don’t know it, Cameron does the same. Cameron, however, didn’t physically appear on Judgement Day or live on Pandora. Instead the Oscar-winning director of the two most successful films in history has made a voice cameo in every single movie he’s ever done.
The website FILMdetail has put together an great six-minute video highlighting this phenomenon and you’ll chuckle at some of the places Cameron’s voice pops up. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
The most disappointing, albeit it inevitable, part of attending Comic-Con is when you hear about something that happened you would have loved to see but totally missed. For me, that happened at Entertainment Weekly’s Totally Lost: One Year Later panel when show runners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse made a surprise appearance with a “deleted scene” from the finale of the first season.
Here’s the set-up. Lindelof and Cuse take a lot of flack for saying they had everything in the series planned out even though very little of what actually happened – Jacob, the Man in Black, Candidates, light caves, etc – was never hinted at. This scene “proves” that they weren’t lying. The fact that it was shot specifically for Comic-Con, a year after the series finale aired, is insignificant. It would have been awesome to be in the room for this surprise, especially the big reveal at the end, but thanks to the magic of the Internet, we can all check it out now. Read More »
Update: this post was originally published on July 1st, but was quickly taken down for corrections at the request of Pixar.
Disney has released a list of Easter eggs and fun facts from Pixar’s Cars 2. Did you see the reference to The Incredibles in Radiator Springs? Did you miss the “car-ified” version of one of the characters from Pixar’s 2012 film Brave? Check out the list after the jump.
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Say what you will about Michael Bay, but he is a filmmaker who knows how to maximize the bang for the buck. He is often critisized for using too much product placement, which gives him millions of dollars more to play with than he would have otherwise had access to. In a film like The Island it is annoying and distracting, and in a film like Transformers: Dark of the Moon, its much less noticable (although David Chen was bothered more by the Cisco product placement).
Filmmakers often use stock footage to save money from traveling to capture an exterior of a city, house or location. Its a very common occurance which you likely never notice. Bay has used stock footage in most of films, sometimes borrowing shots from his earlier movies (here is an example from Transformers, a shot of an aircraft carrier that was borrowed from Pearl Harbor). My friend Alex from FirstShowing just pointed me to a clip on YouTube which shows that Bay recycled shots from an action sequence from The Island in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I’m not sure how often this kind of thing happens, but my guess is that it happens probably more than you would think. Watch the clip after the jump.
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Most of the time deleted scenes are deleted for a reason. Sometimes they provide information that is already given in another scene. Other times they disrupt the flow of a movie. Then there are scenes that remain almost the same, but are just trimmed on the edges like fat on a steak. New deleted scenes from Super 8 and Sucker Punch have found their way online and both fall into a few of those categories. The Super 8 clip is largely a scene that’s in the final cut of the film, it’s just happens to feature some of the fat that was nipped and tucked away. As for Sucker Punch, the scene is an entire excised musical number called “Love is the Drug.” Check them both out after the jump. Read More »
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JJ Abrams is obsessed with mystery, and often hides a lot of easter eggs in his films and tv shows. In the past we’ve chronicled easter eggs in the Pixar movies Toy Story 3, WALL-E, and Up, as well as some other films. So it should come as no surprise that his latest movie, Super 8, is also packed with fun hidden bits.
For example: Did you know that Leonard Nimoy appars in the movie? How about that another one of JJ’s Star Trek stars plays “the monster”? Did you spot the references to Lost, Alias and The Twilight Zone? After the jump I’ve compiled 16 hidden easter eggs which can be found in the movie.
Be warned: for those of you who havent seen the film yet, the following article may contain spoilers.
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