Editing Pixar's Onward

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, listen as Pixar’s Onward editor Catherine Apple explains the process of editing an animated film and how the fantasy movie’s climactic battle came together. Plus, get behind the wheel on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road with director George Miller and the ensemble cast. And finally, listen as actor and filmmaker Seth Rogen answers a slew of questions about pot, pottery, beards, the internet, and more. Read More »

Pixar Animation Character Rigging

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, listen as Pixar Animation creators explain what character rigs are in movies like The Incredibles and how they help bring the movie to life. Plus, let Binging with Babish reveal how to make the delicious biscuits from the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso. And finally, check out a shot-by-shot breakdown of a tense sequence from Netflix’s I Care A Lot with Rosamund Pike. Read More »

Dug's Introduction in Up

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, listen to a couple Turner Classic Movies hosts talk about the plot device known as a McGuffin and how it’s evolved over the years. Plus, hear Up director Bob Peterson and shading art director Bryn Imagire discuss introducing the talking dog known as Dug. And finally, watch Maya Rudolph answer Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire. Read More »

Movie Explosions vs Real Explosions

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 real explosions don’t look anywhere near as cool as the kind you see in big Hollywood movies. Plus, find out how the opening sequence from Toy Story 4 was created, from writing to storyboarding to animation. And finally, listen as Schitt’s Creek creator and star Dan Levy answers Vanity Fair’s 35-question Proust Questionnaire. Read More »

Pixar Up House with Real Physics

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, watch as visual effects artists simulate the flying house from Up using real physics to determine just how many balloons would be needed to make it happen. Plus, check out 30 minutes of relaxing visuals from Studio Ghibli movies to start your day off on a peaceful note. And finally, find out how realistic karate scenes are in movies like The Karate Kid, Bloodsport, and even The Office. Read More »

The Office Auditions

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, watch The Office audition tapes featuring familiar faces like Seth Rogen, Bob Odenkirk, Kathryn Hahn, Patton Oswalt, and more auditioning for Michael Scott, Jim Halpert, Pam Beesly, and Dwight Schrute. Listen as John Ratzenberger breaks down his cameos throughout the films of Pixar Animation. And finally, hear how The Vast of Night builds tension through sound in a scene breakdown. Read More »

Soul 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 storyboards for a sequence from Pixar’s latest movie Soul compare to the final cut in the film. Plus, take a look back at the making of the pilot for The Office back in 2004, and let Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear help usher in the New Year with a familiar tune that will have you movin’ right along into 2021.

First up, now that you’ve had a chance to see Pixar’s new movie Soul on Disney+, see how the original storyboards for one of the film’s early sequences compared to the final cut. You’ll see that some of Joe’s features didn’t completely translate from the early storyboards, including the shape of his glasses and what he’s wearing, and the soul version of him isn’t quite as defined either. It’s all part of Pixar’s important development processes that makes them one of the best animation studios around.

Next, now that The Office is available on Peacock, the streaming service has provided some bonus treats for longtime fans. In addition to releasing a never-before-seen cold open over the weekend, they also provided a featurette about the making of the show’s pilot from all the way back in 2004. Enjoy how young everyone looks and how enthusiastic they all are despite having an uncertain future during the time of production.

Finally, Disney offered up a warm welcome into 2021, courtesy of a couple of our favorite Muppets. Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear do a virtual rendition of “Movin’ Right Along” from The Muppet Movie to ring in the New Year. Kermit plays the banjo while Fozzie hops in the car to actually move right along. Now if only we could get some of that Muppet magic back on Disney+ in a more satisfying way.

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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, a video essay explores how Christopher Nolan might have a problem with the execution of exposition in movies like Tenet, Insterstellar, and Inception. Plus, check out a Christmas light show at someone’s house that’s synced to the music of The Mandalorian. And finally, learn how to make a little flipbook inspired by Pixar’s new movie Soul. Read More »

Pixar's Soul Interview

Pete Docter is the chief creative officer of Pixar Animation, so he already has his hands full. Combine that with the fact that he’s directing the animation studio’s latest movie Soul, and he’s one of the busiest people in Hollywood. But thankfully, he had co-director/writer Kemp Powers, and producer Dana Murray to help him out, not to mention all the talented people at Pixar making his job a little easier.

/Film was lucky enough to be invited to speak with all three of these filmmakers to talk about the process of making Soul, including the challenges of creating a world that they couldn’t really research, some of the different story iterations that evolved throughout the development process, and a small update on the forthcoming Monsters Inc. animated series Monsters at Work that will be coming to Disney+. This interview is spoiler-free, so you can read before you’ve seen Soul and not have to worry about ruining the movie for yourself. Read More »

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Alternate Pixar Ideas

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, learn about a bunch of scrapped ideas from Pixar Animation that didn’t make it into movies like Inside Out, The Incredibles, WALL-E, Monsters Inc., and more. Plus, watch Mike Myers pay tribute to Sean Connery in a clip from the American Film Institute archives. And finally, find out what a normal day is like in the life of comedian, TV personality, and Community star Joel McHale. Read More »