Disney/Pixar is pumping the brakes on sequels, and its next movie is a totally original animated fantasy adventure called Onward. As usual, the cast is wildly impressive: Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer star, and Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) is the writer/director behind the new feature.
We learned a bit more about this elf-centric adventure film during today’s D23 presentation – here’s what we know so far.
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Following the release of Toy Story 4, Pixar is entering a new era: one that no longer includes sequels or prequels. For fans of the award-winning animation studio this is great news — even though Pixar’s sequels were of higher quality than most sequels or reboots out there, there’s nothing like watching a fresh, original Pixar film.
The first of these is Onward, a magical adventure film that stars Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as two elf brothers living in modern day suburbia. Disney has released the first Onward first look at the Holland and Pratt’s elvish characters, who “go out on an adventure to see if there’s a little magic left in that world.”
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Pixar Animation has announced the first four cast members in their upcoming animated fantasy adventure Onward, the story of two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.
Marvel Cinematic Universe fans will be excited to hear that Guardians of the Galaxy frontman Chris Pratt and Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland will be voicing the two lead characters in the film, but they’re not the only cast members announced for the film. Read More »
During D23 today, Pixar Animation announced a new animated project from the team behind Monsters University. The project is slotted for either 2020 0r 2021 – one of the dates Disney has claimed – and takes place in a “suburban fantasy world.” The untitled film is set in a world that doesn’t feel unfamiliar to our own, based on editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta’s description of what he saw and heard, but technology has taken over in a land of fantastical creatures and old magic.
Below, learn more about the Pixar urban fantasy film.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
UPDATE: Disney has reached out to let us know that its blog has made an error, and that Scanlon is not directing Cars 3. No director has been announced for the Pixar sequel. Original story follows.
You won’t find many Pixar fanatics who cite the two Cars movies as their favorites from the studio. The first Cars wasn’t bad, but it was a disappointment coming in the middle of Pixar’s impeccable early run, and the second Cars is still the only Pixar movie ever to get a “Rotten” score on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s safe to say a lot of adult fans wouldn’t mind if Lightning McQueen and his friends just drove off into the sunset for good.
But Cars is absolutely huge with kids, and as a result this franchise draws in money by the truckload. Box office and home video sales are just the start of it. There are also toys, theme park attractions, and tons of other tie-in merchandise. So of course Pixar’s going to keep this thing running as long as they can. The studio announced a Cars 3 in 2014, and now they’ve finally revealed who’s behind the wheel: Monsters University director Dan Scanlon. Read More »
One of the things Pixar is legendary for is the company’s story meeting. Each is a gathering of creative minds (John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich and Brad Bird are frequent attendees) at which they go over the scripts for upcoming movies and riff on concepts. Ideas are thrown out, discussed, and evolved. It’s this collaborative process that helps Pixar make such timeless movies.
Unfortunately, the normal fan is never allowed into these meetings. Instead, we have to settle for a minute long tease of one where director Dan Scanlon and others discuss Monsters University. It’s still pretty great and you can see it below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
The completed Monsters University hit theaters this summer, but now director Dan Scanlon is back to earn some extra credit with two new deleted scenes. The clips were released as promotion for the film’s home video release, which will hit in time for Halloween.
The first offers a better look at the Monsters University campus and curriculum, including a lesson on gathering information about kid targets. The second shows Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) butting heads yet again, this time in the context of a drama course. Hit the jump to check them out.
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Monsters University features all the entertainment and heart you’ve come to expect from Pixar, and then some. We meet Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) during their college years, as the company’s first prequel is set years before the events of 2001’s Monsters Inc.
Director Dan Scanlon turns that simple story idea into a great, fast paced college comedy with an intriguing blend of emotional highs and lows. Every single character and moment is played to near perfect effect, leaving the audience dumbfounded at how the movie constantly keeps raising the bar. Just when you think it can’t get better, it does, and you’ll leave the theater fulfilled, but also wildly surprised at where Pixar goes this time around.
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Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
As college kids across the country toss their mortarboards into the air, the bright-eyed freshmen of Monsters University are just now getting ready to arrive on campus and hit the books. And this year’s new class includes future Monsters, Inc. co-workers Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (voiced by John Goodman).
With three weeks to go until the release date, Disney has now revealed the final trailer for the Pixar prequel. This promo’s a little heavier on the plot, with a fair amount of new footage. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Odds are, your college experience didn’t involve two-headed frat boys or courses about scaring. In most other respects, though, Mike and Sulley’s first days on campus should look pretty familiar to anyone who’s ever logged time in a dorm room.
In a new clip from Monsters University, the pair have a little roommate spat, because learning to live with other people is never easy. Fortunately, they learn to have good times together as well — the new trailer shows them staying up way too late and partying way too hard to the strains of Swedish House Mafia‘s “Roar.” See both videos after the jump.
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