In honor of Walt Disney Animation releasing it’s 50th full length film Tangled, our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, and 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes. Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 by David Chen
In this special episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley are joined by writer/director Rian Johnson to review JJ Abrams’ new Star Trek film. They also wonder what the hell director Nicholas Winding Refn thinks about Keanu Reeves, reflect on the promise of Bradley Cooper, and get excited about Neveldine/Taylor’s Gamer. Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom will be in NY/LA beginning on May 15th and will open in select cities beginning May 22nd.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 by Adam Quigley
This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.
Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Deluxe Edition)
Five months ago, the only opinion I thought I’d be spreading in regards to Bolt was pure unbridled hatred. As a major supporter of Lilo & Stitch, I had been following co-writer/director Chris Sanders follow-up project American Dog since the first day it was announced, and everything about the movie looked fantastic. But the higher-ups at Disney weren’t as confident, and questioned the film’s marketability. Their solution was to remove Sanders from the project and give it a substantial overhaul. Bolt was the result of that overhaul. I wish I could tell you that it’s terrible, and the people at Disney made a huge mistake… But damn it all, it’s actually a really solid movie. While I do still wish I could’ve seen what Sanders had in store for us, there’s also no denying that Bolt is incredibly well-made, consistently funny, and genuinely heartfelt. I plan on buying it.
Notable Extras: 2-Disc includes ‘Super Rhino’ animated short, In Session with John Travolta and Miley Cyrus, ‘A New Breed of Directors’, Deleted Scenes, ‘Act, Speak! The Voices of Bolt’, ‘Creating the World of Bolt’ and Digital Copy.
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*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).
What? Save $10 when you buy both Bolt and Lilo & Stitch DVDs.
Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
You’ve probably seen reporters talking to animated characters in the past. The process usually involves the reporter asking prescripted questions while looking at an empty chair which has a pre rendered cartoon character is inserted into the frame. I’ve always found the result rather boring because of the canned answers, which were never really too funny. /Film reader and E Online correspondent Craig Macrae sent me an email, forwarding me to his interview with Rhino the hamster from Disney’s computer animated film Bolt. What’s different about this interview is that it was actually conducted in real time with Mark Walton, the animator turned voice of Rhino.
I can only assume that Disney developed a computer program that acts as a real-time digital puppet for the character, and software that matches the hamster’s lip movements to the real-time responses from Walton. The result is far from perfect, but cool none the less. I can only imagine how real something like this will look 10 years from now.
Macrae claims that Disney handed him the tape five minutes after the video was recorded. I’m sure someone from Disney was behind the scenes making sure to edit anything out of the conversation that might not gel well with the company’s brand. And it does appear that Walton threw a few pre scripted jokes into the mix as well. It also seems to me that Disney should (or maybe is planning to?) use this technology in their theme parks to allow visitors to interact with select Disney characters and purchase the resulting video for some overpriced sum of money. (Update: readers in the comments have pointed actually already out that Disney uses similar technology on the Finding Nemo and Monster Inc attractions…) Watch the video after the jump.
The photo above shows Bolt and Rhino’s backstage reaction to WALL-E’s Best Animated Feature win at last night’s Golden Globe Awards. Bolt was overheard screaming “I thought you said we were be-awesome!?!” Either that or it’s just some random photo we found on the disney blog.
Disney has sent us high resolution photos of Pixar’s new 3D short film Tokyo Mater, which will be attached to Bolt beginning December 12th.
Full press release and four more photos after the jump.
Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 by David Chen
In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam revel in the pleasures of Sukiyaki Western Django, continue to be pessimistic about the Oldboy remake, and get depressed about the death of one of their favorite TV shows. Special guests Angie Han and Jen Yamato from Rotten Tomatoes join us to provide us their valuable perspectives on the important cultural landmark that is Twilight.
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Earlier this week, I have th great oppurtunity to talk to Academy Award-winning animator and chief creative officer at Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, John Lasseter. While the phone call was primarily about Disney’s new release Bolt, we went off topic a couple of times and talked about IMAX, 3D and Blu-ray.
/Film: Hi, John.
John Lasseter: Hi, Peter. How are you?
/Film: Good. I just want to first say I’m a huge fan. As you can tell, SlashFilm has followed all the Pixar productions closely and we just love everything you’ve done.
John Lasseter: Oh thank you so much. Yeah, thanks so much for you guy’s support, too.
/Film: The project “Bolt” didn’t first start off as “Bolt”. It’s started off as a film called “American Dog” with Chris Sanders directing.
John Lasseter: Right.
/Film: Can you talk a little bit about that and how that evolved into what it is?
John Lasseter: Sure, yeah. You know when the merger of Disney and Pixar happened and Bob Iger and Steve Jobs asked me to be the Chief Creative Officer at Disney, as well as Pixar, you know I came in and there was a handful of movies that had been kind of started down here. “American Dog” was one of them. And I always thought that the premise of that had a lot of potential for heart, you know the character that it is a dog that stars in this kind of action TV show. And he thinks he has these real powers, and so he gets separated from the TV show and learns that he, in fact, doesn’t have any powers and he’s just a regular dog. But he has no idea about how to be a regular dog, and so he’s taught how to be a regular dog by a cat. But it’s a deeper story about this friendship, and loyalty and unconditional love that dogs have for their owners. And I think that I had put great possibilities. It’s one of those difficult situations where we’ve done this a couple times before with “Toy Story 2” and with “Ratatouille”, where the potential of film, it’s just we were having kind of creative differences with reaching that potential, and so we brought on Chris Williams and Byron Howard, two young guys here to direct it, because they’re so funny, but they also have a tremendous amount of heart in them. And it’s always a difficult situation, because I love Chris Sanders. He’s a great guy and brilliant talent, and it’s always sort of difficult, but it’s the right thing to do for the movie.
/Film: Oh definitely. What do you think the biggest change was in the direction that you took “Bolt” from what Sanders was doing to what it is today?
I once had a conversation with my college film professor about the movie Monsters, Inc. Like all Pixar films, Monsters was designed to be viewed by kids, yet was also a rewarding tale for adults. But one part of the film always stuck out in my mind: The moment when, in the middle of a wintry wasteland, the monster Sully turns his back on fellow monster Mike to pursue Boo, the human toddler that has become Sully’s ward. Upon my first viewing of the film, this moment was disquieting because, throughout the movie, we had seen the outrageous extent to which Mike was willing to extend his goodwill for the sake of his relationship with Sully. The two had presumably known each other for years, and for Sully to press on without Mike, to give up their friendship to in the pursuit of this girl with whom he’d just recently become acquainted always irked me. What type of message was this film trying to send? Of course, I was young and foolish back then, and my professor swiftly explained to me the error of my ways: Monsters Inc. was not, primarily, a movie about friendship; it was an adoption film. Sully had decided that Boo would be his daughter, and there was something transcendent in that decision, a parental bond that could not be denied even in the light of a friendship forged over years of familiarity and co-existence. Coming from a professor who had adopted a child of his own, this idea struck a particularly meaningful chord in me.
At its core, Disney’s new animated film Bolt is a movie about adoption. Through a clever premise and some great voicework from the leads, it attempts to say something profound about loyalty and devotion, and it mostly succeeds. Read More »