Making of Westworld Season 3

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, go behind the scenes of the third season of Westworld to see how they pulled of some of the visual effects sequences, which included some help from the technology used to make The Mandalorian. Plus, learn about the ABCs of Cinematography from Film Crit Hulk, and learn about the making of Cars Land from Disney’s theme parks. Read More »

draw with pixar

With everyone stuck inside their homes amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, people are naturally going to get a little stir crazy. Many have taken to baking, embroidery, learning new skills, and trying to tame their bored children. The latter two, Pixar can help with. The studio’s artists have introduced a new “Draw With Pixar” video series which teach viewers how to draw your favorite Pixar characters and give your kids something to do during their quarantines.

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Cars Revisited

(Infinity and Beyond is a regular bi-weekly column documenting the 25-year filmography of Pixar Animation Studios, film by film. In today’s column, writer Josh Spiegel highlights Cars.)

In the early days of 2006, the Walt Disney Company made a dramatic change whose impacts are still being felt today. Michael Eisner had once been the CEO of the Disney conglomerate, and while he’d grasped a modicum of the success that Pixar Animation Studios would bring, he’d always been standoffish to the idea of Pixar being fully brought into the fold. For many reasons, Eisner was pushed out of Disney in 2005, when Robert Iger became the new CEO. As Iger wrote in his recent memoir, The Ride of a Lifetime, one of his first acts of business was to do what Michael Eisner refused to do: make Pixar an official part of Disney.

So in January 2006, Disney confirmed a $7.4 billion deal to acquire Pixar Animation Studios. The deal was such, though, that it really felt like Disney was asking Pixar to join them, instead of throwing billions at them. John Lasseter was installed as a creative lead at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, too. That same year, Lasseter returned to the director’s chair, for a true passion project. It was technologically as bold and daring as anything else Pixar had done. The studio’s prior film, The Incredibles, had focused entirely on humans, for the first time. For Cars, though…well, Cars was another story.

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Famous Cars Pick Up Groceries at Walmart

Last night brought us the 76th annual Golden Globes, and during the ceremony broadcast cinephiles were treated to an extremely cool advertisement from Walmart. To promote their growing grocery pick-up service, the megastore utilized some of film and television’s most famous vehicles in an advertisement where the Batmobile from Justice League, the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, the Jurassic Park Ford Explorer, the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future, Lightning McQueen from Cars, and more are speeding to Walmart to pick-up their groceries.

Watch famous cars pick up groceries at Walmart below. Read More »

Mowgli Motion Capture

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out why Disney has consistently killed plans for a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Plus, Andy Serkis breaks down a motion capture performance from his Netflix movie Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, and one frequent Disneyland attendee celebrates his 10,750th ride on the Cars attraction Radiator Springs Racers. Read More »

pixar scrapped ideas

Every movie has its early drafts, some of which never see the light of day. But the rise of concept art books and juicy “How Did This Get Made”-style oral histories have left nary a stone unturned in the vast movie development landscape.

Pixar boasts some of the most critically acclaimed and universally beloved animated films of the past 20 years, largely in part thanks to the animation studio’s meticulous attention to detail and story. Pixar films can take up to six years to get made, with films going through several drafts and concepts before they finally hit the big screen. Early versions of films like Toy Story or Finding Nemo may be virtually unrecognizable to us. But Pixar has opened its tight vault of undiscovered ideas to fans, and revealing some of its weirdest and most intriguing scrapped ideas for its films.
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Cars universe motorcycles

Disney and Pixar’s Cars films raise many questions: Where did all the humans go? What brought all those cars to life? Why do they keep making these movies? There are plenty of theories for some of these queries, but there’s one question that’s has long gone unanswered: why are there no motorcycles in this universe of sentient vehicles? It seems we now have the answer. Are you ready to learn the shocking truth about the Cars universe motorcycles?

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DisneyToons Space Movie

Just before the weekend, the D23 Expo brought a slew of announcements and teaser footage shown for the likes of Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 and Frozen 2 (and the short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure) from Walt Disney Animation, as well as Pixar Animation movies like The Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4 on the sequel side of things, this year’s Coco, and an original, untitled suburban fantasy film. But there was one other project that we glossed over, and it’s actually more intriguing than it initially sounded.

DisneyToon Studios is the Walt Disney production banner behind a lot of low quality direct-to-video sequels, but every now and then they have some solid theatrical releases like A Goofy Movie. They’re also the company behind Planes, the movie that’s set in the Cars universe (as is the film Planes: Fire & Rescue), even though it’s not a Pixar Animation production. Now the company has announced a new movie that takes place in the Cars and Planes universe, and it raises a slew of new questions about the strange animated world.

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Pixar TV Show Pitches

Though Pixar Animation puts out some of the most popular animated movies in the business, but for the most part, they haven’t tried to bring their movies to TV. There have been shorts like Toy Story That Time Forgot and Toy Story of Terror, as well as shorts like the Cars Toons and Toy Story Toons. Plus, there was a 2D animated series called Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. But Fairly OddParents creator Butch Hartman has some great ideas for Pixar TV shows that would spin-off from some of their movies.

Hear Butch Hartman’s Pixar TV show pitches below along with some awesome art illustrating them. Read More »

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Cars 3 Batmobile Cameos

The universe in which Pixar’s animated franchise Cars exists is already confusing enough, and it was almost expanded to be even more perplexing in Cars 3 with several cameos inspired by a certain DC Comics superhero.

In a recent interview, director Brian Fee explained that a different version of Cars 3 almost saw Lightning McQueen end up in Los Angeles at a Hollywood party that would have been full of movie stars, including two different Batmobiles. That version of the story didn’t survive, but if it did, the existence of Batmobiles in the Cars universe would have been supremely strange.

Find out more about the cut Cars 3 Batmobile cameos after the jump. Read More »