Coco Storyboards

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Bill Hader goes out of his way to give one of the worst auditions. Plus, see how Pixar Animation’s Oscar-winning movie Coco developed from storyboards to final animation, and see how John Carpenter‘s adaptation of The Thing compares to the novella that inspired it. Read More »

What do Coco and The Shining have in common? Not much — aside from The Shining uber-fan and Coco co-director Lee Unkrich.

The director has a long-running tradition of placing sly homages to the Stanley Kubrick horror film in all of the Pixar films he has worked on since 1995’s Toy Story. And more than 20 years later, he’s keeping up the practice with Coco.

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Star Wars Animated Movie

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a hand drawn, animated, abridged version of Star Wars as remembered by the artist. Plus, see how the script for Pixar’s Oscar-nominated Coco compares to what we saw on the screen, and watch the Director’s Guild of America panel discussion featuring the nominees for documentary filmmaking. Read More »

Coco locations

Disney/Pixar’s Coco is bursting with authenticity. From the set designs to the family dynamics to the music, the whole film feels like a love letter to Mexico. It has a story that works for everyone, but goes out of its way to give a special nod to a culture that isn’t often represented on the big screen. That attention to detail paid off in a huge way: Coco became the highest grossing movie in Mexico’s history and has made more than $730 million worldwide.

So how did the film that survived a justified uproar when Disney tried to copyright the phrase “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) become one of the most culturally accurate and pure-hearted films in recent memory? Immersion, research, and respect.

In honor of Coco’s home video release, Disney flew me and a handful of other journalists to Oaxaca, Mexico, where we followed in the footsteps of the filmmakers’ research trips and visited many of the neighborhoods and locations that inspired the creation of the movie. Learn more about the making of Coco below. Read More »

New Blu-ray Releases

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Time for another Blu-ray round-up for all you physical media fiends out there. There’s so much good stuff here, folks. Thor: Ragnarok comes home, loaded with hilarious features; the star-studded Murder on the Orient Express also arrives, bringing with it one hell of a mustache; then you have Coco, the latest from Pixar; Gary Oldman‘s Oscar reel, aka Darkest Hour; the absolutely wonderful The Florida Project; the Stephen King werewolf flick Silver Bullet; and the home invasion horror movie The Strangers.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week, and beyond.

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Coco interview

I’d never conducted an interview at a UNESCO World Heritage site before a couple of weeks ago. But after speaking with Adrian Molina, the co-director of Pixar’s Coco, at the ancient ruins of Monte Alban in Oaxaca, Mexico, I can cross that very specific thing off my bucket list.

In honor of the movie’s home video release (and before this weekend’s Academy Awards, where it’s nominated for Best Animated Feature), I spoke with Molina about the power of the film’s music, how physically visiting a place like Monte Alban actually translates into a movie’s screenplay, and much more.

I also spoke with animation manager Jesus Martinez about the inner workings of Pixar, how he came on board this project, and what an animation manager’s job consists of. Check out our Coco interviews below.
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Coco Animation Progression - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this special Pixar edition, one of the animators behind Coco guides us through the progress of finalizing one of the key sequences from the movie. Plus, take a look at some of the Easter eggs from WALL-E you might have missed and compare the final cut of Toy Story to the script. Read More »

Making of HBO's Feature Presentation - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Coco star Anthony Gonzalez gives a live performance of one of the best songs in the Pixar Animation movie. Plus, watch how HBO created the newest animated opening for their Feature Presentation bumper, and see a scene from The Florida Project broken down by the film’s director. Read More »

coco alternate opening

Coco begins in an unusual fashion. Young, aspiring musician Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) dramatically recounts the story of his family’s past as the people within the story spring to life via the colorful papel picado banners that decorate the streets of Mexico on Dia de los Muertos.

As stunning as the animated papel picado drawings are, it’s a bold choice to not show our hero immediately, and even bolder to dive into a generations-long family history. But it ends up working perfectly for the film, which above all, is a story about family. However, for the many years that Coco was in development at Pixar, the animated film had a very different opening.

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Wonder Woman - 2018 PGA Awards Nominees

Awards season is in full swing, and today we have the Producers Guild of America announcing their nominations for the annual PGA Awards. This is one of those awards that is a good indicator of how the Academy Awards nominations are going to fall when the time comes, so a certain comic book movie getting a nomination is kind of a big deal.

The 2018 PGA nominees include the standard awards season favorites like Get Out, The Post, Lady Bird, and Call Me By Your Name. But due to a tie, the full list also features 11 total nominees, which has allowed Wonder Woman to come away with one of the nominations. Find out the rest of the nominees below. Read More »