Every once in a while, The Simpsons still hits the right notes. A few months ago the show opened with a Banksy-designed sequence that was the most pointed bit of animation seen on the show in years. Now The Simpsons is turning barbs toward the film award season, and is taking easy but amusing shots at Pixar, Aardman Animation, Sylvain Chomet and more. Some of the ideas in here are pretty well-worn (Mixar instead of Pixar?) But there are moments of good stuff that are worth watching to find. Check out the episode after the break. Read More »
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When in doubt, turn to Pixar. That appears to be the new adopted motto by Disney, who only weeks after being revealed to have had a helping hand by the world’s most celebrated studio on Tron, have now turned to Pixar once again to receive input on the new Muppet movie (previously titled The Greatest Muppet of All Time, or possibly, The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made, according to IMDB). More after the break. Read More »
Brad Bird’s The Incredibles has long had many political meanings read into it. Perhaps most controversial is how well the film lines up with Ayn Rand’s objectivist movement. It’s also quite popular with politically conservative types as well — the National Review named it number two on their list of the top 25 conservative movies. Tom Elrod, over at The House Next Door, points out that The Incredibles isn’t the only Pixar film that could be read conservatively in a recent post. He argues that while Pixar’s movies may not be politically conservative, you could apply a more relaxed notion of conservatism to many of their films due to their focus on preserving the family unit.
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George and AJ is a short film-cum-animatic that, until today, was only officially available as an extra with the iTunes release of Up. Now, though, the clip is online and you can see it after the break.
Like Burn-E or Jack Jack Attack before it, this is a side story to the main narrative of the associated feature film, in this case featuring Shady Oaks caretakers George and AJ dealing with the aftermatch of Carl’s big escape. George and AJ was written and directed by Josh Cooley
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Two months after Norwegian lamp manufacturers Luxo AS threatened surprise legal action, it seems that they and Pixar have settled their dispute over the hop-happy anglepoise mascot. Details are of course shrouded in the expected fog of corporate secrecy but, thankfully, there’s no longer going to be any need to get the courts involved.
If there was some kind of payment agreed, there’s not any indication of how much. There has been some kind of amicable agreement, however, and it seems that Luxo Jr. will remain the Pixar front man, the lavish collectors set of Blu-rays and replica lamp will stay on the market and the six-foot RoboLuxo can keep entertaining the crowds at Disney’s theme parks.
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The manufacturers of the Luxo lamp, model for Pixar’s mascot, have ended over two decades of happy cooperation by the two companies by this week filing a lawsuit against the animation studio. While they have been more than happy for Pixar to use the likeness of their product on screen, the lawsuit seems to have been brought about by both the new Luxo Jr. replica lamps that Disney will be packaging in the Premium Combo Pack release of the Up Blu-Ray, and a nifty looking animatronic 6ft-tall Luxo Jr. that has been making an appearance at Walt Disney World (and who you can see in action after the break).
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After the break, a video interview in which Terry Gilliam and I discuss The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and his real plans for adapting Philip K. Dick. But first…
Who doesn’t love Pixar? Okay, apart from Armond White? Not many folk, no? And it seems like Terry Gilliam is as enamored with the powerhouse animation studio as the rest of us. Speaking at a BFI special event career retrospective last Friday night, Gilliam came around to discussing the state of modern animation. After praising Pixar for their films, noting how they are clearly a studio run by “creative people” and not suits, and commenting on how much of the bold political cinema he’s seen recently has been in animated family films, Gilliam also let on that he wants to work for the studio. He revealed that he met Andrew Stanton at the premiere of Wall-E and quite sincerely told him to “hold the door open” for him.
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According to an interview at MTV, Pixar‘s Up was originally an even more overt adventure movie, as a subplot featured Carl Fredricksen protecting a giant egg (laid by the bird Kevin) that is believed to be a sort of fountain of youth. The fact that a subplot was dropped from the film isn’t a big deal, as it happens all the time in many films of all types during development, but this detail provides an interesting glimpse into the film as it was originally conceived. Read More »