Finding Dory Easter Eggs

Whenever a new Pixar Animation movie hits theaters, you just know there are going to be a bunch of Easter eggs and references to other movie from the computer animation studio. Finding Dory is no different, and even though the film has only been in theaters for a few days, there’s already a list of Easter eggs out there that you may not have noticed.

Some of the Finding Dory Easter eggs are really easy to spot, such as the traditional A113 nod to the classroom number at the California Institute of Arts where many Pixar and Disney animators got their start. Others, like references to the brace-face Darla from Finding Nemo and a reference to WALL-E are a little more difficult to spot in your first viewing. Plus, there’s a few Easter eggs that we know are in the movie, but we’re not entirely sure where they are

Get a rundown of the Finding Dory Easter eggs we know of so far after the jump, but beware of spoilers. Read More »

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Archer renewed

If you think about it for even two seconds, it’s incredible that Sterling Archer and his colleagues have survived as long as they have. Never mind the fact that their line of work (espionage, usually, but sometimes private investigation or the illegal drug trade) puts them in danger on a regular basis — these people are often impulsive and foolish and downright incompetent.

But they always live to fight another day, and now we know for sure they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. FX has just renewed Archer for another three seasons, taking the animated spy spoof all the way through season ten.

FX announced today that Archer will return for an eight-episode eighth season in 2017. Seasons nine and ten will also consist of eight episodes each, likely airing in 2018 and 2019. Those are shorter episode orders than seasons past. Seasons one and seven counted 10 episodes each, and all other seasons so far have had 13. There’s no word yet on whether season 10 will be the show’s last.

And now to the official statement for the usual publicity fluff, this time from FX’s co-president of original programming, Nick Grad:

We can’t say enough about what Adam [Reed], Matt [Thompson] and the entire Archer team at Floyd County have done to keep this series so insanely funny and vital through seven seasons. The move to Los Angeles this past season as private detectives was just the latest twist in Archer’s legendary exploits, and the next three seasons will to be just as amazing and unpredictable. We are thrilled to continue making great TV with our friends and colleagues at Floyd County.

Archer‘s seventh season ended with a major cliffhanger made all the more alarming by the fact that FX was taking its time announcing an Archer renewal. But those fans can rest easy now. Today’s news would seem to resolve that cliffhanger, but knowing Archer we’re guessing the explanation will involve more than a few bizarre twists and turns.

While the show no longer feels as fresh as it once did, the creative team has made efforts to keep things lively, occasionally spending a season away from the spy biz to go solve crimes in Hollywood or form a drug cartel in South America. Here’s to three more years of Archer nonsense.

 

Frozen Northern Lights

Disney Animation has been working on a Frozen 2 for the past several months, but we’ve still got a while to wait before the film actually hits theaters. In the meantime, though, we’ll get to see the gang back together again in a slightly different form. The Disney Channel is teaming with the LEGO Group for Frozen Northern Lights, a “brand extension” that will include a series of brand-new animated shorts.  Read More »

Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2 was another hit for Sony Animation, raking in over $100M more than the first film. Despite the success of the sequel, director Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack) wasn’t interested in making another installment. Tartakovsky was ready to move on from the series, to try new things. But it looks like the director has had a change of heart because it’s been confirmed he’ll return for the next Hotel Transylvania film.

Below, learn more about Hotel Transylvania 3.

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‘Spider-Man’ Animated Movie Gets Director

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane

As shooting gets underway on Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony is taking a big step forward with its other upcoming feature about the webslinger. Sony Pictures Animation announced today that Bob Persichetti will direct the Spider-Man animated movie first announced last year. The project has been developing with producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller; Lord also wrote the screenplay.  Read More »

Ghostbusters Animated TV Series

It’ll be a few more weeks before we see how Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters has turned out, but Sony isn’t waiting to double down on that property. Sony Pictures Animation has just announced a new Ghostbusters animated TV series to hit in 2018, titled Ghostbusters: Ecto Force. The biggest twist? This new show will be set in the year 2050 — decades after the events of the old Ghostbusters or the new one.  Read More »

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Finding Dory

A couple weeks ago, I got a chance to chat with writer/director Andrew Stanton about his new Pixar film Finding Dory. The film hit theaters this past weekend and earned an estimated $136.2 million, breaking the record for the biggest animated opening of all time. (Looks like my Summer Movie Wager pick wasn’t that stupid after all, although we’ll have to see how it does in the second weekend to see if it really has a chance to beat Captain America: Civil War this summer.)

I decided to hold off until after release to publish the full interview as we talk about some spoilers (so stop now if you haven’t seen the film). I talked with Andrew about the real and unexpected meaning behind the film’s title, how he tried (or didn’t try) to avoid the traps of “sequelitis,” how the sea lions and Sigourney Weaver got involved, and of course that story about the symbiotic relationship between the Disney’s story trust and Pixar brain trust that I shared last week. Read the full interview now, after the jump.
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Finding Dory

Finding Dory is out in theaters this weekend, and it looks on track to break the record for largest opening weekend ever for an animated film. The film currently sits with a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and /Film’s Peter Sciretta has called it “more emotional and funny than its predecessor.”

I enjoyed Finding Dory, though I certainly didn’t find it a better film than its predecessor. It borrows story beats liberally from the first film (as well as other Pixar films), but what it lacks in originality it tries to make up for in heart. It mostly succeeds, but there is one bothersome element of the film that I just can’t seem to let go of. Some spoilers for the film follow. Read More »

The Lego Movie 2 Release Date

If you’ve been patiently waiting for The LEGO Movie sequel, you’ll have to hold out nine more months. Warner Bros. Pictures has pushed back the release date of the animated follow-up from its original summer 2018 release date to an early debut in 2019. In addition, they’ve also pushed back the release of Geostorm with Gerard Butler nine months, while also bumping up Ben Affleck’s long-developing crime drama Live by Night up by nine months. We’re not sure why nine months is the number of the day here either.

Find out The LEGO Movie 2 release date and the rest of the calendar shuffling after the jump. Read More »