It’s only fair, I suppose, that if we run articles trumpeting the fact that other Pixar movies have achieved some form of massively positive consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, that when the company finally releases one that falls far short of the same margin, it would be worth noting. So this weekend will stand as a milestone in the history of Pixar, as Cars 2 opens to the first generally negative consensus opinion in the company’s experience. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 by Germain Lussier
When audiences see Luxo Jr. hop across the screen at the beginning of Pixar movie, we expect pure magic every time out. That’s because the pioneering computer animation company has set the bar incredibly high, consistently making some of the best animated films ever. Talk about pressure. Cars 2 is the latest film to be held to that standard and it actually makes the grade. Just barely. The film forgoes the emotional complexity of Pixar’s previous work and distinguishes itself by going the other way. It’s their first mindless action film. Think Pixar does a James Bond sequel.
If Cars 2 was a live-action film with humans, it might be another studio’s best film of the year. But since it’s Pixar, it places near the bottom of their impressive list. Still, it’s my opinion that a slightly sub par Pixar movie is like a piece of perfection compared to everything else. Such is Cars 2. Read More »
If you saw the above image and thought John Lasseter and Steven Spielberg were going to co-direct Scream 5, sorry to get your hopes up. It just so happens each has a bit of news involving the long standing champion in the battle of apathetic filmmaking, the sequel. Sequel Bits won’t be a daily occurrence (like the week old Superhero Bits) but sometimes, when there’s some interesting sequel news that might not deserve its own article, it’s easiest just to round it up. So, after the jump read about:
- How John Lasseter directed scenes from Cars 2 on an iPad
- The Weinstein Company setting release dates for Scary Movie 5 and Halloween 3D
- Tyrese Gibson‘s hilarious notion Steven Spielberg would direct a Transformers 4
Posted on Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
We all have our collections. For me it’s pop culture themed art prints, for Quentin Tarantino it’s film prints and for John Lasseter it’s Hawaiian prints. On shirts. We’ve all seen the Pixar Creative Chief do interviews in what has become his patented Hawaiian shirt and it seems like he’s always wearing a new one. He probably is. The San Francisco Chronicle recently did an interview with Lasseter about Cars 2 and he was gracious enough to give a tour of his house, which included his closet and 374 Hawaiian shirts, all of which are in the current rotation. That’s more shirts than are days of the year. But that’s not even half of it. Read More »
Just on the off chance that you’d overlooked the fact that a sequel to Cars is being released this summer, Disney and Pixar have released another full-length trailer (after a unleashing a legion of clips and TV spots) for Cars 2. The Disney/Pixar channel on YouTube calls this trailer #4, and who am I to argue? There is some new footage here, and the trailer is cut well, but at this point either you’re on board for Cars 2 or you’re not. If by some chance you’re new to the fact that the film exists, hit the break for the new trailer, or check it out if you can’t wait for the film to open on June 24. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
Walt Disney Pictures’ presentation at Cinema Con included footage from Cars 2, The Muppets, Winnie The Pooh and a sizzle reel for The Avengers. After the jump you can read my virtually spoiler free reactions.
We’ve featured a handful of director montages here on /Film recently, and while this “25 Years of Pixar” compilation isn’t quite that, it’s actually pretty similar. In terms of look, tone, and quality, I’d say Pixar is as consistent as many directors.
For the video, NkMcDonalds pulled scenes from works spanning over decades — from ’80s shorts to this year’s Cars 2. If you like Pixar as much as I do, it’ll definitely make you smile and it might even make you tear up a little tiny bit. Watch it after the jump.
Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 by Germain Lussier
Save for the disappointingly childish trailers, I’d say Pixar and Disney are doing a great job marketing Cars 2. Most of the video has left me stone faced and uninterested, but the more cool characters and cars that are slowly revealed, the more my interest starts to percolate. That balance of good and bad continues with this latest Cars 2 news. While they’re revealed a brand new (and probably final) poster image, new character based on NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon and more, the studio also been slapped with a lawsuit saying the idea for the whole franchise was stolen. See all the new images and read about the lawsuit after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
You might think that the idea to do a Cars sequel came about after Disney looked at their billion dollar sales Cars merchandise reports and fired off an e-mail to the animation studio in Emeryville saying “Do this!” But Pixar head and Cars series director John Lasseter tells an entirely different story — learn how Lasseter came up with the idea for the story of Cars 2 in a short video interview embedded after the jump.