Jason Reitman Beekle movie

Jason Reitman has made Oscar contenders, cult classics, TV pilots and live reads. Now he’s signing up for something totally different: an animated film. Reitman is attached to write and direct Beekle for DreamWorks Animation, based on a book called The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginery Friend by Dan Santat. It’s about an imaginary friend who is so unique, no child imagines him, and he’s left alone. He then goes on an adventure to find a child to be friends with. Read more about the Beekle movie below. Read More »

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pixar tomorrowland sequence

The backstory for Brad Bird‘s film Tomorrowland contains a lot of detail about the beneficent cabal known as Plus Ultra, a secretive group of dreamers which conceived and built a futuristic creative paradise. In the actual film, however, we don’t see too much about Plus Ultra. Scenes were trimmed for length and pacing, and much of that story was left out of the film, along with all mentions of Disney.

Pixar actually animated a short scene that was meant to quickly define and explain Plus Ultra. Bird, however, decided the bit killed the pace of the film, and he cut it. That clip is online and you can watch the Pixar Tomorrowland sequence below. Read More »

Inside Out Director Interview

Filmmaking often comes down to one thing: guiding the audience. What do we see, and when, and why? With Pixar, which has the power to create all its images from nothing, there’s always a process of guiding the audience eye to settle on one particular part of the image, no matter how many appealing details may color the margins.

That image control is part of storytelling guidance, too, and often a cover for the real heart of the matter. Pixar’s films use big concepts — toys that have their own lives we never see, a rat who loves to cook, an adventure in a flying house — as a portal to concepts that are much more difficult to capture in a single image or marketing push.

Inside Out has had a very specifically guided path. We know the film is about the five emotions, Joy, Anger, Sadness, Disgust, and Fear, who guide the responses a young girl named Riley has to her changing world. We know Joy is in the lead, but trailers for the film already show us that the core of the movie has Joy and Sadness literally going to the center of their own world — Riley’s mind — on a journey of discovery.

Six weeks ago I went up to Pixar’s campus in Emeryville, CA, to join a few other editors to sit in on sessions with department heads who worked on Inside Out. Our last session was with director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera. The pair discussed the creation of the film, but  Read More »

Good Dinosaur Details

Pixar premiered its new film Inside Out at Cannes, and along with that finished debut the studio showed off footage from two other upcoming films, The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory.

The former film, about a dinosaur who befriends a human boy, represents the culmination of a long and ultimately revamped story development cycle. The latter is the sequel to Finding Nemo. Thanks to the Cannes presentation we have a few new comments from John Lasseter about each film, and tantalizing descriptions of environments in The Good Dinosaur as among the most realistic Pixar has ever created. Read More »

Finding Nemo

Want to feel like a small, vulnerable fish in a big, scary sea? Who hasn’t, right? Well, starting in 2017 Disney will offer you the opportunity to enjoy that terrifying experience, with the opening of a Finding Dory ride at Tokyo Disney Resort. Get a first look at the Finding Dory ride after the jump.  Read More »

When Marnie Was There clip

This week the film that may be the final Studio Ghibli feature opens in limited US release. When Marnie Was There is from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, and tells the story of Anna, voiced here by Hailee Steinfeld, who is sent off to spend the summer with relatives of her foster mother.

In this When Marnie Was There clip we see Anna arriving in the seaside town that will be her summer home, and we meet Setsu and Kiyomasa Oiwa, voiced here by Grey Griffin and John C. Reilly. Read More »

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Inside Out Tomorrowland Review

The embargo has finally broken for Pixar’s Inside Out and Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, and you can read the buzz reports compiling the early critical reactions at the links above. I’ve seen both films and have decided to write up my thoughts in a virtually spoiler-free reaction. Hit the jump for my thoughts.

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Japanese Inside Out trailer

There’s a ton of new footage in this Japanese Inside Out trailer, including the clearest shots yet of Riley’s imaginary friend, who has so far been minimized in the US marketing in order to emphasize the emotions. There’s other new footage, too, showing Riley’s life, with many ups and downs, and Joy’s journey to the center of Riley’s mind as she tries to find and restore the young girl’s core memories.

This is almost more a music video than a trailer, as it is structured as some Japanese trailers are, with a pop song overlaying everything. But you won’t need to hear or understand any dialogue, as the action speaks for itself. Read More »

Harry Shearer Simpsons characters

Harry Shearer may not voice any of the Simpsons themselves, but he’s pretty essential to what makes The Simpsons a show that has lasted more than quarter century. Shearer voices dozens of the show’s large and small characters, and though things are still up in the air according to show producers, there’s a good chance the famous comedian and voice actor might be leaving this show with the upcoming season.

Just how essential is Shearer to The Simpsons? We’ve ranked his 25 best characters, which only scratches the surface of the characters he voices. Will we ever see or hear these characters again? Read about the 25 best Harry Shearer Simpsons characters below. Read More »