Pixar SadLab

Just recently a wonderful fanmade montage took a look at the range of emotions that have been on display in the 20 year history of Pixar Animation‘s feature films. It’s truly impressive how Pixar’s films have the power to make adults and kids run through the gamut of the emotional spectrum, and a new video finally explains how they do it.

The secret to Pixar’s emotional appeal is something called the SadLab, a group of people working to to discover new ways of making audiences cry as much as possible. The Pixar SadLab has been doing a pretty bang-up job so far. Read More »


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Pixar emotions montage

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 »

Up house demolished

The real-life Up house may be the subject of its own movie. Fox Searchlight has picked up an untitled project by John Whittington about Edith Macefield, a Seattle woman who made headlines when she became the lone holdout in a neighborhood bought out by a commercial development. Learn all about the Up house movie after the jump.  Read More »

Up house demolished

The first 10 minutes of Pixar Animation‘s movie Up are enough to make anyone cry, no matter what age or how tough you are. And now we have another potentially sad story with links to the Pixar movie

You might remember back in 2006 there was the real-life story of an old woman named Edith Macefield who refused a $1 million offer for her 1,000-square-foot house. An investment company was developing a 131,000-square-foot retail center in the area and wanted to tear down her house to use the entire area for their building. But since she refused to sell, they built the entire building around her house (as seen above). But now that house may end up being demolished anyway. Find out if we’ll see the Up house demolished after the jump. Read More »

Pixar’s 15 Best Female Characters


Inside Out stands out among the Pixar stable for a number of reasons, and one of those is its emphasis on female characters. The two main characters, Joy and Sadness, are both female. So is Riley, the 12-year-old kid in whose mind the whole film takes place. That’s quite a welcome change of pace from Pixar, which didn’t get its first female lead until 2012’s Brave — its 13th film.

But that’s not to say Pixar didn’t have great female characters before that. Though they’re typically relegated to supporting roles, sharp women and interesting girls have always been part of the Pixar canon. To celebrate the studio’s new girl-driven film, here’s a look back at some of their most memorable ladies.  Read More »

wondercon exclusives

WonderCon kicks off Friday for three days of comic convention madness. Movie wise, there isn’t a ton going on, but there’s always fun to be had and lots of exclusive merchandise to covet. One of our favorite spots at WonderCon is the Hero Complex Gallery booth. They always have beautiful prints that are only available at WonderCon and this year is no different. We’ve already shown you a few of them, a Batman series by Casey Callendar, but today we’ve got even more. Spider-Man, Wall-E, Watchmen, Star Wars, it’s a pretty solid cross section of cool stuff.

Plus, right now, you can get an officially licensed Mad Men poster from the gallery, by Milton Glaser, celebrating the final episodes that start this weekend. See all the WonderCon exclusives and more below. Read More »

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LOL: Neighbors Mad About ‘Up’ House Remodel

Up House

It’s one thing to like a movie enough to cosplay one of its characters for a convention. It takes another level of commitment to redecorate the entire outside of your house to reflect a fictional home, as Hosam Haggog and Fatima Rahman of Santa Clara did.

The couple spent over two years renovating their Victorian home to resemble Pixar’s Up house. And why not? Comfortable, cozy, and unapologetically beautiful, it’s one of the prettiest things in a film that also includes a rainbow-colored bird and the world’s biggest balloon bouquet.

But the family’s neighbors aren’t so thrilled with the home makeover. They prefer a more “historical” (i.e., boring) look, and are annoyed that the newly painted house sticks out. Hit the jump for video footage of the house and more.

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For all the hate, garbage and stupidity the Internet brings us on a daily basis, every once in a while it provides a global platform for something awesome. In this case, Jon Negroni‘s Pixar Theory. Negroni wrote a post that has been circulating since last week which goes through every single Pixar movie since Toy Story and surmises they’re all set in the same universe.

So, for example, the theory states Brave sets a precedent for why animals can interact with humans, which explains a lot of Ratatouille, which maybe inspired the characters in Up to invent tech to communicate with their animals, which possibly inspired the beginnings of Buy-N-Large from Wall-E, and so on and so on. It’s obviously much more detailed than that and I totally don’t believe it’s “real,” from Pixar’s perspective, but it’s a fun read that does make some sense.

Below, we’ll link to the original post and even show you a video that details it. Read More »

Craig Drake - Akira

Every great hero needs a signature mode of transportation. A huge muscle car, a distinctive motorcycle, or maybe a spaceship that looks like a hamburger. Whatever their pleasure, the latest art exhibit by the Hero Complex Gallery has got it covered. The show is called Righteous Rides…And the Dudes Who Drive Them and it will open May 3 in Los Angeles, CA.

Artists have made posters and paintings based on the “righteous rides” in films such as Flight of the Navigator, Akira, Star Wars, My Neighbor Totoro, Skyfall, Bullitt, Up, Spaceballs, District 9, Easy Rider, the Dukes of Hazzard and so much more. Check out a small sample of the show below. Read More »