Cars 3 trailer

Sylvester Stallone turned the training montage into a staple of the sports movie genre with his Rocky films, but it looks like the people at Pixar are big fans of Rocky IV in particular. The brand new Cars 3 trailer that just debuted looks like this movie is essentially a remake of Stallone’s sequel, and Cars 3 even has its own version of Dolph Lundgren’s steroid-fueled Russian boxer Ivan Drago: a sleek new car named Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer). See him go head-to-head with Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) in the new Cars 3 trailer below.
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Rick and Morty Tour

While we’re waiting for the third season of Rick and Morty to continue this summer, fans will be able to show their love for the Adult Swim animated series by checking out the Rickmobile touring the United States this summer.

That’s right, the vehicle you see above is real, and it will be driving around the country this summer as part of the “Don’t Even Trip Road Trip.” There’s a whole list of cities that will get paid a visit by the Rickmobile, and it’s not just a goofy car that you can get your picture with, but also a mobile shop full of exclusive, custom-designed merch from Rick and Morty.

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Rick and Morty Voice Recording

Fans are anxiously awaiting the return of Rick and Morty after the surprise third season premiere debuted on April Fools Day earlier this year. We still don’t have a confirmed release date for the rest of the season of the Adult Swim series, but the late night Cartoon Network programming block has provided another tease of what’s to come with a special look behind the scenes.

Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland is responsible for voicing both of the title characters in the animated series. And since the former character is an alcoholic, sometimes co-creator Dan Harmon suggests Roiland get a little bit liquored up before he does some of the voice recording. In the case of the upcoming fourth episode of the third season, apparently it’s integral to whatever is happening, and Adult Swim has shown off what it’s like to work with a drunk Justin Roiland.

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Michael Giacchino

Good news, Pixar fans: the studio’s favorite composer, Michael Giacchino, is coming back to provide the score for Brad Bird’s highly-anticipated sequel The Incredibles 2. Meanwhile, the intriguing possibility has also arisen that Giacchino (Star Trek, Up, Ratatouille) might reteam with his War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves and score The Batman.
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eric tan jungle book letterpress

Cyclops Print Works is releasing two cool print releases today: Summer in Zootopia by Byron Howard, the director of Zootopia as well as Eric Tan’s Jungle Book letterpress. Cyclops Print Works has given us the exclusive debut of both of these new prints. Hit the jump to see the pieces and find out how you can own one or both of these.

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Brian Fee - Cars 3 Interview

Finishing up our coverage of Cars 3 (at least until the movie hits theaters this summer), we have a one-on-one interview with the film’s director Brian Fee. Unlike most directors at Pixar Animation who have taken on a short film before heading into feature territory, Fee jumped straight from being a storyboard artist on the first two Cars films (as well as WALL-E and Ratatouille) right into the director’s chair, with no experience directing whatsoever. That’s something we talk about in our interview, along with how the story of Cars 3 evolved, whether there’s room for improvisation in an animated movie, and much more.
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warner bros

Winds of change must be blowing in Burbank, because Warner Bros. has shifted a ton of release dates for films on the studio’s upcoming slate. The Scooby-Doo reboot and WB’s own clash of the titans, Godzilla vs. Kong, are just a couple of the films caught in the crossfire. Break out your red pens and prepare to update your calendars.
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never ending man hayao miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is one of the best living filmmakers in the world, in and outside of animation. So it was a loss for us all when he announced he would retire in 2013 — and a perplexing but exciting gain for us when he nixed that retirement and stated that he was coming back to direct a feature-length CGI animated film.

And because we got a lovely, melancholy documentary following the end of the last phase of his career — if you haven’t seen 2013’s The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness by Mami Sunada, do so now — we’re getting yet another documentary on Miyazaki titled Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, which follows his newfound passion for CGI animation and the making of the film bringing him out of retirement, Boro the Caterpillar.

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Where Pixar Cars Come From

This summer brings the release of Cars 3 in theaters, and based on the roughly 50 minutes of footage shown to us at Pixar Animation’s campus in Emeryville, California, it just might be the best in the franchise yet. However, even though this is the third film in the animated franchise, there are still a lot of lingering questions about the world of Cars itself.

Most audiences have simply accepted the fact that Cars is about various vehicles (cars, trucks, planes, trains, boats, etc) which happen to be sentient and anthropomorphized. After all, there are countless animated movies about talking animals, bugs, toys and even household appliances, so a movie about some talking cars shouldn’t be seriously questioned, right?

Well, what sets Cars apart from those other animated movies is that humans still exist and play an integral part of those movies. But in Cars, the only living things are other vehicles, and they seem to have a built a society not unlike that of humanity. There’s capitalism, infrastructure,and  a system of rules in place. But how did this world come to be? Let’s explore a new theory regarding where Pixar Cars come from and why they actively avoid giving an explanation in the franchise. Read More »

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Cars 3 Scene Evolution

Last week brought a brand new trailer for Cars 3, along with our reaction after seeing roughly half the movie. Easily the most impressive and promising element of the movie is the new character Cruz Ramirez voiced by comedian Cristela Alonzo, who gives the franchise a much needed bigger heart. But beyond that, Pixar Animation delivers some truly stunning animation in bringing the world of Cars to life for a third round.

Below, we have a batch of images that reveals how a single frame from Cars 3 goes from being a storyboard illustrated by filmmakers to a fully rendered final shot from the film. Every single frame of any Pixar movie is an incredible achievement that is the result of years of work. Check out the Cars 3 scene evolution images below! Read More »