Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
This summer has served up all sorts of expensive, extravagant spectacles. We’ve traveled to far-flung fantasy realms, battled ghouls and ghosts of every stripe, witnessed multiple animals endangering human lives by driving trucks, and cheered on more superhero-on-superhero pileups than you can shake a supernaturally powered scepter at. One thing we haven’t gotten a lot of, though? LGBTQ characters. Instead, what we have seen are a number of characters like Ghostbusters‘ Jillian Holtzmann, who slink right up to the edge, but then stop just short of coming out.
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The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
This week brings a new assembly of Star Wars and Star Trek items, as well as some new Funko POP Vinyls for characters from Labyrinth and the first ever Indiana Jones figure in the collectible line. There’s also a vinyl release of the Swiss Army Man soundtrack on the way, a couple new South Park figures, and a cuddly friend from Finding Dory.
See all that and more in this edition of The Toy Box. Read More »
Whenever a new Pixar Animation movie hits theaters, you just know there are going to be a bunch of Easter eggs and references to other movie from the computer animation studio. Finding Dory is no different, and even though the film has only been in theaters for a few days, there’s already a list of Easter eggs out there that you may not have noticed.
Some of the Finding Dory Easter eggs are really easy to spot, such as the traditional A113 nod to the classroom number at the California Institute of Arts where many Pixar and Disney animators got their start. Others, like references to the brace-face Darla from Finding Nemo and a reference to WALL-E are a little more difficult to spot in your first viewing. Plus, there’s a few Easter eggs that we know are in the movie, but we’re not entirely sure where they are
Get a rundown of the Finding Dory Easter eggs we know of so far after the jump, but beware of spoilers. Read More »
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the problematic ramifications of the world of Finding Dory, remember their favorite roles of Anton Yelchin, and run down some of the most exciting reveals of this year’s E3. Be sure to read Amy Nicholson’s review of Finding Dory as well as the one thing that bothered David about the film.
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A couple weeks ago, I got a chance to chat with writer/director Andrew Stanton about his new Pixar film Finding Dory. The film hit theaters this past weekend and earned an estimated $136.2 million, breaking the record for the biggest animated opening of all time. (Looks like my Summer Movie Wager pick wasn’t that stupid after all, although we’ll have to see how it does in the second weekend to see if it really has a chance to beat Captain America: Civil War this summer.)
I decided to hold off until after release to publish the full interview as we talk about some spoilers (so stop now if you haven’t seen the film). I talked with Andrew about the real and unexpected meaning behind the film’s title, how he tried (or didn’t try) to avoid the traps of “sequelitis,” how the sea lions and Sigourney Weaver got involved, and of course that story about the symbiotic relationship between the Disney’s story trust and Pixar brain trust that I shared last week. Read the full interview now, after the jump.
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Finding Dory is out in theaters this weekend, and it looks on track to break the record for largest opening weekend ever for an animated film. The film currently sits with a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and /Film’s Peter Sciretta has called it “more emotional and funny than its predecessor.”
I enjoyed Finding Dory, though I certainly didn’t find it a better film than its predecessor. It borrows story beats liberally from the first film (as well as other Pixar films), but what it lacks in originality it tries to make up for in heart. It mostly succeeds, but there is one bothersome element of the film that I just can’t seem to let go of. Some spoilers for the film follow. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
Pixar’s 17th feature film, Finding Dory, is a sequel to its fifth, Finding Nemo. In the world of the movie, only a few months have passed, but in real life it’s been about 13 years since we last dipped below the ocean with Nemo, Marlin, and Dory. Is the magic still there?
If you ask the critics, the answer seems to be “yes”: Finding Dory currently has a 90something rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and our own Peter Sciretta was a big fan. If you ask moviegoers, the answer is also “yes”: Finding Dory is projected to break the all-time opening weekend record for an animated film. But we’re asking you. What did you think of Finding Dory? Join us below for a discussion of Pixar’s latest animated adventure. Be warned that SPOILERS are ahead and in the comments. Read More »
Note: We originally ran Peter’s Finding Dory review on June 10. We’re re-running it now that the film is in theaters.
Finding Dory is an example of why we should never underestimate Pixar. Did we need a sequel to Finding Nemo? No. This film is unnecessary… yet somehow Finding Dory is a fun, rewarding emotional journey. Join me after the jump for a virtually spoiler-free reaction to Pixar’s latest film.
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This weekend brings Pixar Animation’s Finding Dory to theaters, a whole 13 years after its predecessor Finding Nemo enchanted audiences. Having just seen the sequel last night, I can tell you that while it’s not Pixar’s finest effort, it’s still an outstanding family adventure that will make you laugh one minute and tear up the next. Things get a little ridiculous in the third act, even for a movie about talking fish, but it’s still a wonderful movie.
In honor of Pixar’s latest achievement in film, why not take a look back at where it all started, and see how the animation house has evolved over the years? Animation has improved so much since Finding Nemo hit theaters that Finding Dory‘s seascapes and animal animation is leaps and bounds ahead of where it was just 13 years ago. So you can imagine just how much they’ve improved over 30 years. Read More »