VOTD: Pixar Short Easter Eggs You Probably Missed

Pixar Short Film Easter Eggs

Pixar Animation is famous for including little Easter eggs in all of their movies that reference not only their previous movies from years before, but also their next movie in the pipeline. That same signature applies to all of Pixar’s short films that play before each and every movie that hits theaters.

Not only do the bite-sized Pixar movies reference the other short films they’ve made, but they also have winks and nods to their feature films. Thankfully, Pixar has assembled a video showing off how their shorts are connected to other Pixar movies, and there are even some references to other Disney animated movies too. They begin with the recent Dante’s Lunch that played before Cars 3 and go all the way back to Geri’s Game from the first Toy Story.

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Peter Pan anniversary

(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises. In this edition: Peter Pan turns 65 and it’s time to grapple with this popular but problematic classic.)

Few stories have endured throughout the last 100-plus years more than the tale of a boy who could fly and never had to grow up. Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, the upstanding Darling children, Captain Hook, Never Land, and the other details within the iconic yarn weaved by J.M. Barrie have, like pixie dust, lingered in films, TV specials, books, and the Broadway stage literally for generations. The 1904 play led to the 1911 novel, both of which inspired stage musicals, other plays, films and more that directly adapted or were heavily inspired by Barrie’s work.

Today marks the 65th anniversary of arguably the most famous adaptation of Barrie’s eternally young pirate, Disney’s animated take on Peter Pan, a film marked as much by its memorable imagery and music as by its immensely troublesome, retrograde depiction of women and people of color.

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Disney World summer

When it comes to corporate synergy, it’s hard to beat The Walt Disney Company. The media giant is a king of cross-promotion among its ever-growing number of properties, and while that in and of itself isn’t something we’d normally care about, it just so happens that this latest piece of synergy involves properties that fans are deeply invested in.

If you’re in or around Orlando, Florida this summer and are planning a trip to Walt Disney World, you’re in luck: the Incredibles, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and more will be coming to that park in new ways later this year. Read about the Disney World summer plans below, including the opening of Toy Story Land.
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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles images

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in a new animated series. The show Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will reboot those pizza-loving mutants everyone knows and loves and offer a refreshing change for the series: the new April O’Neil will be black. Some new Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles images reveal your first official look at the new takes on the old characters.

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Best Movies Streaming February 2018

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Welcome to another edition of Now Stream This. I’ve scoured the wild world of streaming services to bring you the best of the best of the best. It seems every day another new streaming service is popping up, making it nearly impossible to navigate this dangerous terrain. Don’t worry, I’m here to help. You’re welcome.

This edition of Now Stream This brings you a highly underrated and very recent Todd Haynes movie, a new Netflix horror flick, a gloriously over-the-top action movie, a cynical noir loaded with snappy dialogue, the first Hannibal Lecter film, a romantic horror movie, a Steven Spielberg adventure, a cringe-inducing social media comedy, and some good old fashioned body horror. It’s time to look at the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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mario movie

Updated: Tonight, Nintendo confirmed that a Mario movie is indeed in the works:

Our original story from November 2017 follows.

The last time Mario and Luigi leapt across the big screen, they were played by Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo in a 1993 live-action film that set the stage for the many, many bad and misguided video game adaptations to follow. But maybe live-action was just the wrong fit for the famed video game duo. Maybe animation is the right track.

A new Super Mario Bros. movie could come our way via Illumination Entertainment, the company behind Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets. All Nintendo needs to do is sign on the dotted line.

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Amusement Park Director - Dylan Brown

Hollywood is still dealing with revelations of sexual misconduct happening behind the scenes, and today brings news of another incident, this time involving a filmmaker working on an animated film.

Paramount Pictures has fired director Dylan Brown from their animated feature Amusement Park after an investigation into complaints from the production found evidence of “inappropriate and unwanted conduct.” Read More »

Watch Our Cartoon President

Since every single day is a waking nightmare thanks to the actions of Donald Trump and his bumbling administration, some good old fashioned satire is exactly what we need to help us get through the next three years.

Showtime has teamed with Stephen Colbert to deliver an animated series called Our Cartoon President, providing us with a comedic take on the Donald Trump presidency. Since the administration itself is already laughable, mocking them satirically has proven to be a bit of a challenge (as evidenced by Saturday Night Live‘s hit or miss sketches on the matter), but this show looks to be wacky enough to bring some levity to the situation in Washington D.C.

And you can watch the pilot episode for free right now, even if you don’t subscribe to Showtime.  Read More »

new muppet baby

Get ready to meet the next cherub-cheeked Muppet who will be joining the toddler versions of your favorite Jim Henson characters.

The Muppets first transformed into hand-drawn toddlers in Henson’s animated series The Muppets Babies, which ran from 1984 to 1991 on CBS. The adorable munchkins will finally be returning to the small screen as a Disney Junior series. The new Muppets Babies reboot will not only give the Muppets a computer-animated makeover, it will introduce an all-new character.

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Cat in the Hat movie

Prepare yourselves: an onslaught of animated Dr. Seuss movies could very well be coming your way.

A new report states that Warner Animation Group has signed a deal with Dr. Seuss Enterprises that will allow the company to produce “a series of films” based on the works of the legendary children’s author, and the first one on the docket is a new take on the The Cat in the Hat. No word yet on whether they’ll try to lure Mike Myers to reprise the role from that bizarre live-action 2003 interpretation.
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