Pixar's Classic Movie References

The movies of Pixar Animation are known for having little easter eggs that reference the other movies from the animation studio. However, they’re also chock full of references, homages and tributes to other classic movies. Some are more obvious, such as Rex seen in the sideview mirrors of the Barbie Corvette in Toy Story 2, just like the T. rex in the original Jurassic Park. But others you may have never noticed before. And if you’re curious about the dozens of classic movie references in the Pixar movies, a video has assembled a ton of them for your perusal. Read More »

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The Good Dinosaur reviews

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Pixar Animation Studios and preview the company’s next film The Good Dinosaur. You can read what I learned about the making of The Good Dinosaur here and read my interview with director Peter Sohn. While at Pixar, I had that opportunity to sit down with some of the other creatives behind the film, here is my interview with Denise Ream, who has an interesting story as she started out as a Visual Effects Producer at ILM working on films like Star Wars, Men In Black, Harry Potter and Mission Impossible movies before jumping across the bay to Pixar where she worked on Up, Cars 2, Brave, The Good Dinosaur and the upcoming sequel Cars 3.

Hit the jump to learn about how she went from Star Wars to Pixar, what its like to be on a project that loses a director and gets completely reworked, the choice of making the characters cartoony against a almost photo real backdrop, the daunting quest to find voice actors for this film, and how do you hide a Pizza Planet truck in a Dinosaur movie? All this and more in our Denise Ream interview, which you can read now after the jump.

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Pixar 20th anniversary

While Pixar Animation is nearly 30 years old, it’s only been 20 years since the company ventured into feature length, computer animated filmmaking with Toy Story. The film was an instant classic in 1996 and it spawned two successful, acclaimed sequels with a fourth installment on the way in 2017, and it was just the beginning of what the animation house had to offer.

In celebration of Pixar’s milestone anniversary this year, editor Kees van Dijkhuizen has paid tribute to Pixar with a supercut of the films they’ve made over the years, from their early shorts to this year’s feature films. You might find yourself getting some tears in your eyes since it’s accompanied by Michael Giacchino‘s score from Up. Read More »

20 Years of Pixar

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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

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 »