If you’re a big fan of Pixar Animation, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of The Pixar Theory. Originally created by Jon Negroni, The Pixar Theory proposes that every single movie from the animation studio actually takes place within the same universe by finding little threads to connect each and every movie to each other somehow. But despite the fact that Pixar movies contain easter eggs referencing some of the other Pixar movies, it’s just a theory in the end.
But what if characters from the Pixar movies could actually run into each other? Tom Hanks was recently a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which just so happens to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the voice of the titular forgetful fish in Finding Dory. And while they were talking about working on Pixar movies, Hanks decided to have the audience close their eyes while he and Ellen improvised a quick scene where Woody from Toy Story meets Dory, and the result is as funny and adorable as you’d expect.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
Audiences had no trouble finding Finding Dory this summer, as evidenced by the Pixar sequel’s $930 million worldwide gross. But in case you missed her the first time around, or in case you just want to see her again, everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang will be swimming back into theaters. Disney has announced a Finding Dory re-release in theaters across the country this weekend. And if you’re still on the fence, maybe this adorable Finding Dory clip will change your mind. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The summer movie season is over and you know what that means – it’s time to hand out pointless imaginary awards to the best, worst, and weirdest films of the past four months!
Welcome to the 2016 Summer Blockbuster Awards, which is like the Oscars if the Oscars only covered a specific release window, were decided by one person, and were also really dumb. Here’s how this works: I have created 24 categories, from “Best Performance” to “Movie Most in Need of a Hug” and have awarded one winner and one runner-up. At the name of these awards imply, the focus here is on wide releases that arrived between May and August of this year. So while you really should go out of your way to see indie gems like Swiss Army Man and Don’t Think Twice, they won’t be the focus here. Got it? Good. Let’s just dive right in.
Be warned there are spoilers ahead for some of this summer’s films.
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The Toy Box is a recurring feature at /Film that rounds up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
This edition of The Toy Box features a Harry Potter edition of a classic board game, some beautiful new Christmas tree ornaments featuring characters from Pixar Animation, and the best Deadpool figure you’ll ever find.
Check out everything in The Toy Box after the jump. Read More »
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 »