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 »

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 »

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 »

The Incredibles Fun Facts

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 some of the innovation that made the state-of-the-art animation of The Incredibles possible, as well as some fun facts about the Pixar movie. Plus, listen as comedian and Moonbase 8 star Tim Heidecker eulogizes himself by way of a series of questions from some kind of afterlife computer. And finally, take a closer look at the Sesame Street LEGO set and how it was designed to carefully replicate the children’s television show. Read More »

Avengers: Endgame Alternate End Credits

Want to see some alternate end credits designs considered for Avengers: Endgame? Would you like to see Stephanie Beatriz take over the mantle of Batwoman? What did Ben Affleck have to say to fans about supporting Zack Snyder’s Justice League? Why might there be a challenge with Catwoman once The Batman resumes production? What is James Gunn‘s favorite superhero movie? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Rick and Morty Props

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 how the props of the animated series Rick and Morty are designed and see some alternate versions of some of the most famous devices. Plus, listen to a pair of therapists analyze the relationships of Disney characters like Anna from Frozen and more. And finally, watch Conan O’Brien learn a stunt from Jackie Chan in a vintage. Read More »

Making of Rick and Morty

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 certain animation challenges that have popped up throughout the four seasons of Rick and Morty on Adult Swim. Plus, Patrick (H) Willems gets economical by doing a video essay follow-up to six previous videos about Cats, Michael Bay, music biopics, and more. Finally, go on a virtual ride of The Incredicoaster from Pixar Pier at Disneyland and learn some trivia about the theme park attraction. Read More »

The Incredibles 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 The Incredibles.)

For nearly a decade, Pixar Animation Studios was an island among animation studios. It worked with the Walt Disney Company on having its films distributed and its characters and worlds turned into theme-park and merchandising fodder. But its films were very homegrown in every possible respect. It took until their fourth film, Monsters, Inc., for the studio to have a film not directed or co-directed by John Lasseter. But their first five were all made by people who’d worked at the studio since before the release of Toy Story

Another common thread in those five films is that humans were part of the overall stories being told, but never the main attraction. And the last common thread was that Pixar’s films weren’t driven by a single author; even Lasseter had co-directors, and Toy Story, as excellent a film as it was, had a script credited to a handful of writers. That would all change with Pixar’s sixth feature. It was from the mind of someone who hadn’t started at Pixar, it was written and directed by the same person, and…oh, yes. The Incredibles was a film entirely about humans.

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Joker

Which DC Comics villain did Cardi B dress as for Halloween? Who is the latest Arrow cast member returning for the final season of the show? Which Marvel movie star doesn’t know that they’re supposed to be in the animated What If? series? Want to go behind the scenes of the Avengers: Damage Control VR experience? Want to listen to the first episode of the official Watchmen podcast? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Earlier this year, we wrote about how Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center park is finally rebranding its old Wonders of Life pavilion into something called the “Play Pavilion.” Now some new details have emerged about the attractions and activities that will be in that section of the park, including an interactive game based on Zootopia, the return of Animation Academy, and more. Read More »