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 »

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 »

Cars 3 Concept Art

In case you’ve forgotten, Disney and Pixar Animation still have Cars 3 on the way to theaters. With Finding Dory coming to theaters in June, I wouldn’t be surprised if some kind of short teaser trailer debuted with that Pixar sequel in order to get families excited about the return of Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and his trusty tow truck sidekick Mater (Larry the Cable Guy).

But when Cars 3 arrives next summer, Mater won’t be the only friend that Lightning McQueen has on the road. Some new concept art and details about the animated sequel introduce us to a new character, one who will help Lightning McQueen adapt to the fast-changing world of racing that seems to be leaving him behind as newer, more high-tech cars start leaving him in the dust.

See the Cars 3 concept art and learn more about the new character after the jump. Read More »

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters

Walt Disney Imagineering has released the first video of Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, a new ride that will replace Luigi’s Flying Tires in Disney California Adventure’s Cars Land. They have also announced that the new attraction will open on March 7th 2016. Hit the jump to watch the Luigis Rollicking Roadsters ride video and learn more.

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Pixar's Classic Movie References

The movies of Pixar Animation are known for having little easter eggs that reference the other movies from the animation studio. However, they’re also chock full of references, homages and tributes to other classic movies. Some are more obvious, such as Rex seen in the sideview mirrors of the Barbie Corvette in Toy Story 2, just like the T. rex in the original Jurassic Park. But others you may have never noticed before. And if you’re curious about the dozens of classic movie references in the Pixar movies, a video has assembled a ton of them for your perusal. Read More »

Pixar 20th anniversary

While Pixar Animation is nearly 30 years old, it’s only been 20 years since the company ventured into feature length, computer animated filmmaking with Toy Story. The film was an instant classic in 1996 and it spawned two successful, acclaimed sequels with a fourth installment on the way in 2017, and it was just the beginning of what the animation house had to offer.

In celebration of Pixar’s milestone anniversary this year, editor Kees van Dijkhuizen has paid tribute to Pixar with a supercut of the films they’ve made over the years, from their early shorts to this year’s feature films. You might find yourself getting some tears in your eyes since it’s accompanied by Michael Giacchino‘s score from Up. Read More »

toy story 4 release date

Pixar fans already counting the days to Toy Story 4‘s 2017 release date need to reset their calendars. The fourth outing of Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang has been officially pushed back a year, and that shiny parking space of a release date now belongs to Cars 3.

More on the new Toy Story 4 release date can be found after the jump.

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Pixar emotions montage

This summer, Pixar Animation made tears come out of our face all over again with their touching story Inside Out. As one clever chart pointed out, all the Pixar movies have been about giving non-human things feelings, right up through Inside Out where even the feelings had feelings.

And in honor of this summer’s emotional adventure inside the mind, Pixar fan Lindsay McCutcheon put together a wonderful montage of some of the most emotionally powerful moments from the history of the animation house’s feature films. Watch the fantastic Pixar emotions montage after the jump! Read More »

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cars knock-off

So there’s an animated Chinese film called The Autobots that looks to be, not a Transformers movie, but a thinly-veiled copy of Pixar’s Cars. Very thinly veiled. That’s some of the key art for the film, above.

The movie opened in China over this past weekend, and despite the fact that the past month has seen a lot of reporting on the fact that the movie is an obvious Pixar knock-off, audiences there are still complaining about being taken in by the feature.

Now the Cars knock-off director claims he’s never even seen Pixar’s movie. But that’s not even the reason this is funny. The funny bit is that we’ve already seen this argument with Pixar’s Cars before, only last time it was Cars that was being dinged for borrowing from another movie. Read More »