Toy Story 4 Clip

Toy Story 4 is playing in theaters everywhere now. But some people may not yet have been convinced to see it in theaters, so Pixar Animation has released another sneak peek of the animated sequel that introduces a new character named Giggle McDimples (voiced by Ally Maki). Plus, we get to see different versions of Combat Carl (Carl Weathers), who first debuted as an unfortunately blown up action figure in the original Toy Story, but got a more proper introduction in the TV special Toy Story of Terror. Watch the new Toy Story 4 clip below. Read More »

The #MeToo movement has changed how Hollywood addresses allegations of sexual misconduct in the film and television industries, especially when it comes to high-powered producers and executives using their sway to manipulate, coerce and abuse women for their own gratification. And now that movement has caused Disney to look back at a gag from one of Pixar’s animated films and just pretend it never existed.

In conjunction with the release of Toy Story 4, the rest of the Toy Story films were re-released in 4K Ultra HD. That means a lot of people have been going back to see how computer animation has evolved over the years and how good the animation looks in such high-definition. But someone noticed that Disney and Pixar removed a certain sequence from the gag reel that plays during the credits of Toy Story 2. Read More »

Country Bear Jamboree

Update: The official Disney Parks blog, which very rarely comments on theme park rumors, has addressed this one head-on and refuted it.

“Our Imagineers are always looking at ways to bring more magic to our guests through experiences and stories they know, but contrary to rumors, Country Bear Jamboree is not going into hibernation any time soon.  In fact, we’re looking forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary on Oct. 1, 2021, with Henry, the Five Bear Rugs and the rest of the gang.”

Our original article follows.

The Country Bear Jamboree has been a staple at Walt Disney World since the Magic Kingdom theme park opened its doors in 1971, but it may not live to see the park’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

A new rumor says the closing of the long-running attraction is “imminent,” and not only that, but it will be replaced with an audio-animatronic marionette show based on the Toy Story franchise. Walt Disney World purists are, uh, let’s say not pleased about this, especially because part of the rumored plan is to make this change before the park celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021. Read More »

2019 Comedy Actress Roundtable

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 Hollywood Reporter’s comedy actress roundtable with some of the big, potential Emmy contenders this year, such as Natasha Lyonne, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Maya Rudolph. Plus, Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley runs through every key toy from the Pixar franchise, and actor and filmmaker Paul Dano raids Criterion Collection‘s movie closet. Read More »

Stranger Things Wax Museum Prank

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 the kids from Stranger Things surprise fans with a prank at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York. Plus, take a look back 24 years ago at the first ever Easter eggs placed by Pixar Animation in the original Toy Story, and listen as the Spider-Man: Far From Home cast answers the web’s most searched questions about themselves and Spidey. Read More »

Pokemon Bootleg Universe Trailer

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 fanmade trailer imagining a Pokémon movie as part of Adi Shankar‘s gritty Bootleg Universe. Plus, follow Toy Story franchise stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as they explore the Disney theme park expansion Toy Story Land, and see if comedian Tig Notaro can figure out who Melissa Joan Hart is in the latest edition of Under a Rock. Read More »

Toy Story 4 and Classic Horror

(Welcome to Classically Contemporary, a series where we explore the ways in which new releases echo classic Hollywood or how classic Hollywood continues to influence modern filmmaking.)

It’s hard to believe we’re still talking about Toy Story movies in 2019 and yet we are. The latest installment, Toy Story 4, charts the (presumably) final pairing between the heroes that started this series: cowboy doll Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and space ranger Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen). Toy Story 4 follows Woody as he tries to Forky (voiced by Tony Hale), the new favorite toy of owner Bonnie, back to the family RV. Along the way Woody stumbles upon an old friend, Bo Peep (voiced by Annie Potts) and new villains.

The Toy Story features have all possessed random bits of classic film references, but Toy Story 4 discusses topics steeped in the history of classic cinema, particularly horror. So let’s dive into the classic world to better understand Toy Story 4!

Spoilers for Toy Story 4 ahead.

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Cheers Opening with Pennywise

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 Pixar’s animation has evolved significantly since the original Toy Story in 1995. Plus, find out how much creepier the beloved 90s sitcom Cheers gets when Pennywise the Dancing Clown slides into the opening credits, and take a look at a size comparison between some of cinema’s most famous robots. Read More »

Pixar SadLab

Toy Story 3 is a gateway drug of a movie. It’s a film where you can sit down and watch it as a Pixar agnostic and come away, in the end, as a big believer in the ingenious storytelling possibilities of computer animation. Quentin Tarantino, of all people, listed the film as #1 on his Top Ten of 2010, ahead of other landmark films such as The Social Network and Inception.

As a cinephile, when I saw that, it led to some cognitive dissonance. I thought, “Tarantino and Toy Story? Those are two mismatched brands. What the bleep is that movie doing on his list?” It made me curious enough to check out Toy Story 3 for myself, just so I could see what all the hubbub was about.

What I experienced when I sat down and watched the movie for the first time took me by surprise. While still family-friendly, Toy Story 3 is twisty and even a bit twisted in parts (but in a good way)? It’s also fundamentally charming and imaginative in a way that warmed the cockles of my cold, dead heart. This is the Pixar movie that feels the rawest and realest, perhaps because there are some real-life, whether intentional or not, parallels between its plot and some of the behind-the-scenes goings-on at Pixar.

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toy story 4 trailer

When I sat down with Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley and producers Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera following an early screening of the latest Pixar film, I had to get something off my chest. Like many film fans, this movie didn’t seem necessary. The ending of the third film was too poignant, too perfect. Why ruin that? The answer, I learned, was because there was more to say and more story to tell, and I didn’t realize how necessary Toy Story 4 was until they pulled off this miracle. Although their relief that I loved the film was obvious, they also made it clear that, yep, they too initially wondered if they were making a big mistake by trying to follow-up part three.

In our interview, Cooley, Nielsen and Rivera discuss the sequel’s journey to the big screen, how they landed Keanu Reeves for a key role, and whether this is truly the end of the line for Woody and the gang.

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