Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Toy Story 3 brought Pixar‘s flagship series to an emotionally resonant and thematically sound conclusion, solidifying the the series’ place as a landmark in modern animation and filmmaking. So let’s just be totally honest here: Toy Story 4 can’t help but feel a little redundant. What else do these characters have to say?
A few new updates on the status of Toy Story 4 have arrived, confirming that this project is still very much in the works and racing toward its 2018 release date. All we can do now is trust that the folks at Pixar (who are still, for the most part, geniuses), have a good reason to bring Buzz, Woody and the gang back to the big screen for another adventure.
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In just over a month we’ll get to see a new friendship blossom between a talking dinosaur named Arlo and a feral little boy named Spot in The Good Dinosaur,the second Pixar Animation film of 2015. If the recent trailer is any indicator, we’ve got another wonderful family film on our hands that will really pull at your heartstrings.
But this isn’t the first time Pixar has played with our emotions. Ever since Toy Story hit the big screen 20 years ago, they’ve brought characters who developed meaningful bonds and unforgettable friendships, and they want to remind you of that leading up to the release of The Good Dinosaur just before Thanksgiving. Read More »
Danny Boyle‘s Steve Jobs is my favorite movie of the year so far. I love so much about this film. I love how it’s a biopic without being a biopic. I love how it captures the truth and essence of a person, but probably 90% of the events and conversations in the movie never happened (or at very least, not at a keynote). I love Aaron Sorkin‘s intense dialogue and Michael Fasbender‘s performance — he may not look like Steve Jobs at the start of this movie, but by the end of the movie he transforms into the man.
Hit the jump to read my Danny Boyle Steve Jobs interview.
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Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Pixar fans already counting the days to Toy Story 4‘s 2017 release date need to reset their calendars. The fourth outing of Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang has been officially pushed back a year, and that shiny parking space of a release date now belongs to Cars 3.
More on the new Toy Story 4 release date can be found after the jump.
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This summer, Pixar Animation made tears come out of our face all over again with their touching story Inside Out. As one clever chart pointed out, all the Pixar movies have been about giving non-human things feelings, right up through Inside Out where even the feelings had feelings.
And in honor of this summer’s emotional adventure inside the mind, Pixar fan Lindsay McCutcheon put together a wonderful montage of some of the most emotionally powerful moments from the history of the animation house’s feature films. Watch the fantastic Pixar emotions montage after the jump! Read More »
Next spring, before Steve Rogers and Tony Stark square off in Captain America: Civil War, the big screen will see a comic book match-up that is unprecedented in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. But two heroes at odds is nothing new, and a modern classic tale that pitted two now-iconic heroes against each other has been given a DC Comics twist.
It’s no secret that Woody and Buzz Lightyear weren’t the best of friends when Toy Story premiered in 1995, and now they’re given The Dark Knight and Man of Steel confrontation treatment in this cleverly edited Toy Story Batman v Superman mash-up. Watch below! Read More »
Full frontal male nudity is hard to come by in most major motion pictures. But hat doesn’t mean there isn’t an abundance of phallic imagery in a lot of movies that you’ve seen, and we’re not just talking about sex comedies.
The folks at Now You See It have put together a video that takes a look at a wide variety of manhood-shaped objects and implications that have made their way into the movies such as Spaceballs, and even family films like Shrek and Toy Story, but they also shine a special light on how phallic symbolism is used in more dramatic films like Birth of a Nation and North by Northwest. See more of phallic symbolism in movies after the jump! Read More »
Since it’s summer, we’ve seen our fair share of sequels from The Avengers: Age of Ultron to Terminator: Genisys to Magic Mike XXL and the pseudo-reboot Jurassic World. Audiences have varying opinions on these sequels, sometime saying they’re not as good as the predecessor, others saying that they’re missing something. But what?
Well, a new video essay aims to answer that question by asking “What Makes a Sequel Good?” The video does this by comparing original films like Toy Story and The Terminator to their sequels, Toy Story 2 and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. But those aren’t the only examples, because there’s some bad sequels that need to be discussed too.
Find out what makes a sequel good after the jump!
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Disney has made some more announcements for the D23 Expo 2015. This time the announcements involve Pixar’s presence at the Disney fan convention, which includes its first ever D23 Expo floor booth, a bunch of panel presentations and a One-of-a-Kind John Lasseter Hawaiian-Shirt Exhibit. Find out all the details in the Pixar D23 Expo 2015 press release, after the jump.
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No one argues the impact of Toy Story. The 1995 film totally changed the world of animation, making hand-drawn films all but obsolete. Pixar’s way of thinking changed filmmaking, too. The studio’s incredible success rate, which started with Toy Story, was due in part of their Brain Trust method of making movies. Since then almost every major studio has adopted this thinking in one way or another. Not to mention the film is just delightful. It is funny, introspective, and smart, a true cinema classic.
So is there anything wrong with it? Well, maybe. The team at Honest Trailers have made a Toy Story Honest Trailer that celebrates the film for its quality and cultural significance, but also questions some of the film’s philosophy and context. It’s a very interesting and entertaining watch. Check out the Toy Story Honest Trailer below. Read More »