Evolution of Pixar Animation

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, see how the movement and expressions of the film of Pixar Animation have evolved over the years to allow for lifelike characters. Plus, find out how movies like Aliens, Jurassic Park, and more. are being adapted into complex and engaging board games. And finally, listen as comedians like Roy Wood Jr., Lil Rel Howery, Luenell, Ms. Pat, Donnell Rawlings, Sinbad look back on the major Black comedians who influence their careers. Read More »

Finding Dory Storyboard Comparison

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, see how the adorable Finding Dory scene with a cute baby Dory evolved from storyboards to the final movie. Plus, find out how actors train their voices for animated movies, and watch as Stuber co-stars Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista partake in a lie detector test interview. Read More »

Pixar Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments

Even though we’re way too far out from the holidays to even consider decorating, the folks at Hallmark like to get a head start on the season with the unveiling of their new batch of Keepsake Ornaments for your Christmas tree. Every single year there are dozens of amazing new ornaments from your favorite movies and TV shows, and that includes a bunch of new ones from Pixar’s movies like Inside Out, Up, Incredibles 2, Cars 3, and the upcoming Toy Story 4.

Below, check out the new Pixar Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments that will be available this summer and fall. Read More »

pixar sequels ranked

(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: In honor of the release of Incredibles 2, all the Pixar sequels ranked from worst to best.)

While Pixar‘s name has become synonymous with masterful and profound original animated films, it’s no stranger to sequels. Incredibles 2 hit theaters this weekend, making it the seventh sequel that the animation giant has put out.

But — despite the poor reputation that many sequels have in Hollywood — these Pixar sequels are some of the best works that the studio has produced. Thankfully, Incredibles 2 is no exception — but where does the second The Incredibles film fall in the list of every Pixar sequel ever? Here are all the Pixar sequels, ranked.

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incredibles 2 advance tickets

Incredibles 2 is flying to the top of the pre-sale charts and shattering the records for animated movie advance tickets. The Pixar sequel is on track to pummel the records of its last reigning champion, Finding Dory, which currently holds the No. 1 spot for most advance tickets sold. But Incredibles 2 appears to be on track to outstrip Finding Dory and become the best-selling pre-sale animated movie ever.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Get egg-cited about the egg-cellent Easter egg hunts coming to Disneyland Resort and Epcot.
  • The Annual Pass program for Disneyland Resort may be about to undergo a major revamp.
  • Hello Kitty fans, your prayers have been answered: the character is now at Universal Hollywood.
  • New details have emerged about rides themed to Batman and his villains at Warner Bros. World.
  • Two different rides at two different Disney parks carry the name Nemo & Friends. Which is better?
  • And more!

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Finding Dory - Morning Watch

(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, despite Pixar’s track record, a video essay explores how they think Finding Dory went wrong. Plus, check out a slew of Easter eggs and comic book references you might have missed in The Defenders, and watch Sansa and Arya Stark (Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams) from Game of Thrones in their own Carpool Karaoke segment from the Apple original series. Read More »

The Most Underrated Moments in Pixar History

The 12 Most Underrated Pixar Moments

Whenever there’s a conversation about the work of Pixar, it tends to shift into emotional reactions their films produce. And when you’ve been having these conversations for as long as I have, you tend to notice that the same specific moments are always brought up. These would likely include the emotional rollercoaster that begins Up, the intense start to Finding Nemo, or the edge-of-your-seat climax of Toy Story 3. But with such a rich catalog of feature films (and shorts), there are many funny, lovely, and truly bizarre moments within the company’s history that seem to never get the spotlight they deserve.

So with the release of Cars 3 this week, it seems only right that a new list of moments needed to be created. Some of these are funny and others might make you cry, but as with anything related to the house that made Buzz and Woody, there’s a lot of mushy feelings involved. So sit back, grab onto your Luxo Jr. ball, and let’s take a look into some of the more underrated Pixar moments.

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nemo-and-friends-searider

This month, a new attraction opens at the Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort in California. Or rather, a new attraction built on the skeleton of an older attraction. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! utilizes the same building and ride engine as the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, albeit with a complete Marvel makeover. The results have been controversial amongst theme park fans, to the say the very least.

Meanwhile, across the world, another attraction makeover hasn’t received nearly as much press. The StormRider attraction at Tokyo DisneySea has become Nemo & Friends SeaRider. Utilizing the same space and ride system, this attraction takes riders under the ocean to interact with the characters from Finding Dory and Finding Nemo. Full ride video has arrived online, just in case you want to check it out and don’t think you’ll be heading to Tokyo anytime soon.
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The nominees for the 89th Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning and, as usual, there were plenty of moments that made you want to shout “Come on!” And to be fair, there were also plenty of moments where you smirked and announced to the empty room “Well, at least they got that one right.”

The paint isn’t even dry on these new Oscar nominations, but it’s time to dive in and start picking them apart. So let’s start with the knee-jerk reactions. Let’s take a look at the biggest surprises and snubs of the 2017 Oscar nominations.

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