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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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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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 »

Dante's Lunch Pixar Easter Egg

It’s long been established that Pixar Animation loves inserting Easter eggs into their movies that reference the many other films they’ve made over the years. They even consistently tease future movies. And in the case of the recently released short film Dante’s Lunch, which is linked to Pixar’s upcoming feature Coco, there’s an Easter that’s both a reference to older movies and an upcoming one. But it’s so small and quick that you probably didn’t even notice.

Find out Dante’s Lunch Pixar Easter egg below. Read More »

cars theory

We’ve talked before about the weird world of Pixar’s Cars. The universe is filled with sentient automobiles, with no humans in sight. We have birds that look like planes and bugs that look like tiny VW Beatles with wings. It’s madness!

But are the cars in Cars really just automobiles? A new theory suggests that there is more to these amorphized vehicles than meets the eye (and we are not talking about Transformers).
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jurassic world trilogy

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • J.A. Bayona suggests that Jurassic World 2 will begin filming very soon.
  • Deadpool 2 will ignore (and maybe mock) X-Men movie continuity.
  • Hugh Jackman reveals a new poster for Logan.
  • A Cars 3 video game is on the way.
  • Saw: Legacy reveals two new cast members…after it has finished filming.
  • Santiago Cabrera talks about joining Transformers: The Last Knight.
  • Cameras have begun to roll on the new Tomb Raider.

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cars 3 trailer

The Cars movies have always been the redheaded stepchildren of the Pixar family. Compared to the likes of Toy Story, Up, Inside Out, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille, these anthropomorphic cars and their baffling world have always stood on the fringes, appealing the young children in the family while the studio’s other movies tend to win over just about everyone.

So what are we to make of Cars 3, whose first teaser trailer suggested a wild left turn for a series that felt stuck in neutral after the second movie? The new trailer sheds more light on what we can expect.

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cars 3 story

The first Cars 3 trailer that arrived a little while back was almost hilariously cryptic, showcasing a dark and dreary scene where series star Lightning McQueen wrecks on the racetrack. Children cried. Grown adults made wisecracks about whether or not this will be the anthropomorphized car version of Million Dollar Baby. I’ll say this much: it was jarring enough that even I, someone who would place the Cars movies last on a personal ranking of Pixar movies, was interested in what was going on with this one.

The first hard story details, including the introduction of two new characters, have arrived to add context to that dramatic accident seen in the preview.

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VOTD: Have You Heard Of These Awful Pixar Ripoffs?

Pixar Ripoffs

Movie goes have gotten used to seeing competing movies about the same concept hit theaters in the same year. Back in the 1990s there was Volcano and Dante’s Peak, Babe and Gordy, Armageddon and Deep Impact and more. In recent years, we’ve had the likes of Jobs and Steve Jobs, Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down, Hercules and The Legend of Hercules. But there are even more that you’ve probably never heard of.

Outside of Hollywood, there are production companies who specialize in creating straight-to-video movies that are blatant rip-offs of popular blockbusters hitting theaters at the same time. The Asylum has been behind several of these movies that are either trying to trick clueless movie goers or attempting to coax viewers into watching a movie simply because they think it will be so bad that it’s entertaining. But there are several animation houses who have done the same thing by ripping off Pixar movies with much worse results.

Find out about some truly terrible Pixar ripoffs after the jump. Read More »

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Gallery Nucleus - Pixar Animation - The Incredibles

Gallery Nucleus has been host to some pretty cool artwork exhibitions inspired by pop culture. They don’t get featured quite as often as Hero Complex Gallery or Gallery 1988 since they don’t have new pieces available as frequently, but they still have some incredible artwork. A new exhibition opening this weekend is no different with artwork inspired by each of the films of Pixar Animation, from Toy Story to Finding Dory. There’s one for each movie, and what’s awesome is that each piece was handpicked by Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter for the show.

Check out the Gallery Nucleus Pixar artwork after the jump. Read More »