As beautiful as Blu-ray is as a format, those HDTV’s shine brightest when they’re boasting computer animation. Pixar, everyone’s favorite computer animation studio, has slowly but surely been releasing their back catalog on the format with two glaring omissions: Oscar winners The Incredibles and Finding Nemo. Well, sorry, no news for you fish fans just yet but buried in the inserts for the soon to be released Toy Story 3 Blu-ray is an announcement that Brad Bird’s superhero family will be flying onto Blu-ray next Spring in a Blu-ray+DVD+Digital copy combo pack. No word yet on extras. Thanks to The Pixar Blog for the heads up.
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With director Brad Bird on the top of the list to direct Mission: Impossible 4, and the filmmaker’s strong stance against sequels, I doubt we’ll see a follow-up to Pixar’s The Incredibles any time soon. But Disney has teamed with video game developers Media Molecule to release Incredibles-inspired downloadable content for the popular video game LittleBigPlanet.
The pack, which hits on April 8th for $5.99 will include a total of nine costumes (Mr & Mrs Incredible, Dash, Violet and Jack-Jack, Frozone, Edna, Syndrome). A level kit will be sold separately for $4.99 which will include recognizable landmarks from the film like: Enda’s home, Nomanisan Island and the home of the Incredibles. And of course, all the new content can be used to design your own incredibles-themed level. I’ve always loved the production design of the film, and it looks like the new pack gives gamers the ability to play with some of the 3d models created for the world we saw in the movie. More info and photos on /Gamer.
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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/Film reader and Brazilian artist Mario Graciotti has created a few series of posters I wanted to showcase on the site. The posters showcase the films of Paul Thomas Anderson, Alfred Hitchcock, and Pixar Animation Studios. Check out some of Graciotti’s minimalistic posters, after the jump.
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Early this morning, every fanboy and fangirl woke up to some shocking news… The Walt Disney company announced they were buying Marvel Entertainment for $4 Billion in cash and stock. Yes, $4 Billion. While some fanboys immediately thought this was the worst thing they’ve ever heard, others were excited by the possibilities of a merger between these two entertainment juggernauts. After all, combining all the characters of the Marvel universe with a company that owns theme parks, cable channels, and makes movies, the potential for even more Marvel characters getting a shot at prime time or a movie screen just increased.
Since this news was the type that Steve (Collider) and I would talk about on the phone, we decided to record one of our video blogs to share our conversation with all of you. So if you’d like to watch what Steve and I think about the deal and why we both think this could be a good thing… take a look after the jump.
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Does Pixar have a gender problem? A blog called Vast Public Indifference thinks so, claiming that the Emmeryville computer animation studio doesn’t have any good women characters as the central protagonists in their stories. Caitlin GD Hopkins claims that most of Pixar’s female characters are “helpers, love interests, and moral compasses to the male characters whose problems, feelings, and desires drive the narratives.” I highly recommend reading Hopkins’ rant as she examines each and every Pixar film, one by one, even taking a look at the studio’s future projects.
Does Pixar have a problem with creating strong female protagonists? I’m a Pixar fanatic and this is a question that has never even occured to me. I would like to think that Hellen/Elasticgirl and Violet were well rounded female characters in Brad Bird’s The Incredibles, and you could argue that WALL-E‘s EVE is both smart and strong. While she is the romantic love interest of the film’s title robot, EVE is a driving force within the story, many levels above Dory from Finding Nemo or Ratatouille‘s only female lead, Colette.
But I do see the point — why does Remy have to be a male rat anyways? Or as someone quickly pointed out in the comments, would that then open the argument up to perpetuating a stereotype by making a female the one who is good at cooking. It might have been more interesting if Linguini was a woman. Heck, even Colette said that it’s harder for a female to make it in the kitchen.
Discuss: Does Pixar Have a Problem Creating Good Female Characters?
If you’re a comic book geek, than chances are The Incredibles is one of your favorite Pixar films, if not one of your favorite films of all time. Unfortunately, when the film was released, Disney decided not to produce many collectables for the movie, which is a shame.
Enesco produced a series of statues as part of the Walt Disney Classics Collection. Both Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl statues have been honored with RETIREMENT by the Walt Disney Classics Collection, meaning these are the last of production, available while supplies last. Offered separately, the statues include a gift box and Disney Certificate of Authenticity imprinted with the signatures of Disney Master Artist and Creative Director David Pacheco and Disney Archives Director Dave Smith.
These statues hand-crafted of fine kiln-fired hand-painted porcelain with elements of hand-cast pewter authentically recreate in dynamic three-dimensions the superhero couple just as in film.
Presented on special insignia logo bases, Mr. Incredible (standing 9.5″ High) was sculpted by Kent Melton who applied his extraordinary talents as the lead maquette designer for the original Disney-Pixar film as well as for this statue. Available for $179.99 on Sideshowtoy.com.
Elastigirl (7.5″ High) was sculpted by Disney veteran animator and maquette designer Ruben Procopio. Available for $149.99 on Sideshowtoy.com.
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