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From 2001 to 2009, Pixar released original films almost every year. And they were all great. Then they did Toy Story 3, followed by Cars 2 and with this year’s Monsters University, some fans have began to complain the company is relying too heavily on older material. Others argued that out of 14 films, there are only four sequels and only one of those wasn’t legitimately fantastic. So what’s the worry?

Turns out Pixar has heard fan complaints and are taking them to heart. Ed Catmull, the President of Pixar, said in an interview that the studio is hoping to do an original movie every single year, and sequels only every other year. That plan is already in place with a prequel this year (Monsters University), an original film next year (The Good Dinosaur), then an original film (Inside Out) and sequel (Finding Dory) in 2015. Plus, we can now guess what’s being released in 2016 and 2017. Read More »

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Outside of naming a certain director for a certain sequel taking place in a galaxy far, far away, I can’t think of a better way for Disney to kick off 2013 than looking ahead to three upcoming Pixar films. This year will bring the prequel Monsters University, but we already know the three films on Pixar’s slate after that. 2014 will bring Bob Peterson‘s The Good Dinosaur, 2015 will bring Pete Docter‘s inside the mind movie, possibly called The Inside Out, and then Lee Unkrich will release his latest film, a still untitled movie about a family that takes place on the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Concept art from all three of those films has just been revealed in the form of a Pixar holiday card and the images are our first real look at work from any of the films. Check it out below. Read More »

From the moment Disney announced its intentions to create a new Star Wars trilogy, one of the big questions has been which filmmaker might get a crack at the iconic franchise. But the directors themselves are fans, too, and even as we’ve been arguing which of them should get the job, many of them are just going through the same emotions we are — surprise, concern, excitement. Hit the jump read their thoughts.

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Here’s a good bit of trivia appropriate for Halloween: as some people may know, Stanley Kubrick did not create the photo seen at the very end of The Shining. Given the general attention to detail lavished by the director upon his projects, one would assume that the photo was crafted expressly for the film. But the photo was, for the most part, actually a picture from 1923, with Jack Nicholson‘s head added.

A page of a photo retouching book published in 1985 now reveals the original image, before Nicholson was comped in, and on the left side of the image above you can see the original, unknown man who became the stand-in for Nicholson’s afterlife image. Read More »

Very little is known about Pixar’s upcoming film centered on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. Originally, all we were told is it would be helmed by Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich and be released in, or after, 2015. Next, the director revealed the film would explore the Mexican culture’s unique, celebratory view of death. That got many fans wondering how death, even in a positive light, could fit in a family friendly animated Pixar film.

Disney and Pixar Chief Creative Office John Lasseter has now pulled the curtain back just a little bit more. In a new interview he said that the film is a “really a fantastic story of family.” Read more after the jump. Read More »

Last month at CinemaCon Pixar revealed that Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and producer Darla K. Anderson are working on “a wholly original Pixar Animation Studios film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos.”

There hasn’t been any additional info on the project until now. And while we still don’t have many details, a new article gives us a little more info on the Pixar project we can expect to see sometime after 2015. Read More »

Selling a 3D movie through 2D technology (like our computer screens) always presents a bit of a challenge, but even more so when it’s a 3D converted movie of a 2D film that first came out nine years ago. After all, there’s no new dialogue or footage to pick over, and little insight to be gained by watching a new cut of the trailer.

Fortunately, in the case of Pixar’s re-release of Finding Nemo, the tale is already so charming in any number of dimensions that it’s still a treat to watch Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) navigating the wild waters, even if we’ve seen it all before. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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At the Disney presentation at CinemaCon 2012, Pixar announced a new project: Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson are working on “a wholly original Pixar Animation Studios film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos.”

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