Worst Transformers

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, take a look back at some of the weirdest and worst Transformers from over the years, from both the various animated series and toy shelves. Plus, animators react to the classic anime Akira and dig into the basics and history of animation. And finally, take a virtual ride on the Ratatouille attraction from Disneyland Paris and learn some fun facts about the adventure. Read More »

Cooking Scenes in Movies - Ratatouille

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

Throughout their first decade of making feature films, Pixar Animation Studios had managed to find different ways to explore variations on a formula. “What if the human world, but with non-human characters?” That, boiled down, is the entire Pixar creative calculation from films such as Toy Story to Monsters, Inc. to Cars. There are other familiar storytelling elements which crop up as well, such as mismatched characters becoming best friends. But the consistency had paid off for Pixar through 2006. Pixar’s next three films, though, by intent or sheer coincidence, would become their most creatively bold and daring projects.

The first of them was perhaps most daring of all, because its premise was based on something inherently disgusting. What if a rat wanted to make your dinner?

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Cooking Scenes in Movies - Ratatouille

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 a professional chef reviews cooking scenes in movies like Chef, Ratatouille, Julie & Julia, and many more. Plus, see how Stanley Kubrick‘s family friendly holiday drama Eyes Wide Shut compares to the original 1926 novella on which the movie is based, and hear Richard Jewell co-star Kathy Bates look back at the most memorable characters from her career. Read More »

Ratatouille LEGO Set

If there’s one Pixar Animation movie that doesn’t get as much respect as it deserves, it’s Ratatouille. While on the surface the movie is about cooking, it’s moreso about passion and realizing that everything you love is some kind of art. That includes building a LEGO set, and one brilliant master builder has created an incredible Ratatouille LEGO set of the final restaurant that Linguini and his little chef Remy start together. It’s not an official Ratatouille LEGO set, but it can be with your support. Read More »

Ratatouille 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, watch a Ratatouille storyboard comparison for the scene where food critic Anton Ego takes a bite of Remy’s fine cuisine. Plus, check out a Stranger Things recap to get you caught up before the third season this week, and Jake Gyllenhaal breaks down some of his most memorable characters, from Donnie Darko to Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Read More »

Mark Chilcott Pixar Animation Prints

Even though there are plenty of pop culture prints paying tribute to sci-fi and fantasy favorites from every decade, it can be a little more difficult to find satisfying prints for your favorite Disney movies. But thankfully, some of the best films from Pixar Animation have been turned into stunning new prints by artist Mark Chilcott, each with bright, vibrant colors that bring movies like Ratatouille, Up, The Incredibles, Inside Out and more to life in a whole new way. Read More »

iron giant 2

Brad Bird has a new sequel hitting theaters soon, the long-awaited Incredibles 2. That’s exciting, but if you were hoping for more Bird sequels – specifically Iron Giant 2 or Ratatouille 2 – you shouldn’t get your hopes up.

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10 Things I Hate About You - Romantic Comedy Statistics

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 examines the evolution of romcoms over the years, including statistics of tropes spread across 79 of them. Plus, Oscar-winning editor Lee Smith talks about working on Dunkirk and see how Pixar’s Ratatouille changed from the script to the final version we saw in theaters. 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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Ratatouille and Batman Returns Vinyl Soundtrack

Justice League hits theaters this weekend, and Pixar’s Coco arrives just before Thanksgiving next week. So the folks at Mondo are celebrating by honoring the movies that came before them with a couple new vinyl soundtrack releases.

Danny Elfman‘s theme for Batman makes a small resurgence on the Justice League soundtrack from the composer, and now his outstanding score for Batman Returns is getting a vinyl release at Mondo. On top of that, Pixar’s delicious Ratatouille soundtrack is also getting a limited edition vinyl soundtrack. Check out both of the outstanding Mondo releases below. Read More »