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 »

Making of Wonder Woman

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 an extensive featurette that goes behind the scenes of the first Wonder Woman movie. Plus, see what a futurist thinks of how the future was depicted in movies like The Matrix, WALL-E, Total Recall, and more. And finally, listen in on a Q&A session with Seth Rogen and the filmmakers behind the HBO Max original movie An America Pickle. Read More »

Tenet Puzzle

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 deep dive into the secrets that may be hidden in the title of Tenet after exploring the history of the word in an ancient puzzle. Plus, take a look at a specific sequence in WALL-E that defied the traditions of animation and resulted in the perfect romantic scene. And finally, look back at how Kelly Kapoor was a master manipulator on The Office. Read More »

(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 WALL-E.)

How do you know for sure how much power someone has in Hollywood? For filmmakers, it can be as simple as seeing a studio greenlighting a pet project thanks to their success with big-budget blockbusters. For actors, it can be allowing them to pick and choose their preferred projects, no matter how it may look for their box-office prospects moving forward. Pixar Animation Studios is, and has always been, an entirely different beast. With the exception of Brad Bird, Pixar’s filmmakers aren’t often perceived as distinctive auteurs. 

Yet as the studio’s films became consistently the highest-performing titles from the Walt Disney Company on a yearly basis, and even as they nearly moved beyond Disney entirely at the end of their initial contract, Pixar pushed the limits of how they could tell stories with computer animation. In 2008, they pushed their boundaries further than ever before or since, in telling a story about human avarice and greed, the death of Earth through pollution, and boiling it down to a love story between two robots who don’t speak English. Read More »

2020 Pixar Hallmark Christmas Ornaments

Whenever Hallmark releases their line-up of ornaments for the new year, there are a plethora of them inspired by the movies of Pixar Animation. This year is no exception as the ornaments include characters from Inside Out, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles 2, WALL-E, Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and one of the recurring Easter eggs from all of Pixars movies. Check out the new assembly of 2020 Pixar Hallmark Christmas ornaments below. Read More »

How to Make Harry Potter Potions

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 how to make Harry Potter potions like Amortentia and Felix Felicis, with ingredients at home. Plus, listen as an astronaut fact checks notable space movies like Interstellar, Gravity, Armageddon, and more using his NASA experience and vast knowledge of outer space. And finally, see what happens what King of the Hill voice star Pamela Adlon creates voices for cartoon characters she’s seeing for the first time. Read More »

The Irishman Scene Breakdown

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, director Martin Scorsese provides insight into a scene from The Irishman involving a meaningful exchange between Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Plus, an astrobiologist breaks down apocalyptic scenes from movies like I Am Legend and Waterworld to look at their accuracy and likelihood of actually happening, and Andy Samberg, John Mulaney and Kenan Thompson stop by Late Night with Seth Myers to act out an aired sketch on Saturday Night Live. 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 »

Pixar Fireplace

Around the holidays, families love getting cozy around the fireplace, whether they’re roasting chestnuts or not. However, there are some families who just don’t have a fireplace. Thankfully, our advanced technology and readily available access to streaming video has made life without a fireplace not so terrible because we can have a video loop of a toasty fireplace playing in our living rooms. And this year, Disney has delivered a special Pixar fireplace featuring stockings inspired by some of their beloved characters from WALL-E, Toy Story and Monsters Inc.

Check out the Pixar fireplace below and cue it up for the holiday season. Read More »

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The 15 Most Beautiful Animated Movies Ever

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(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the most beautiful animated movies.)

Over the weekend, one of the most imaginative and visually striking animated movies ever made hit theaters. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is being hailed as a groundbreaking achievement, and a testament to the creative heights that animation can reach. But it’s not the first animated movie to push the boundaries of the medium.

Animation so often gets dismissed a “children’s genre” that it’s often overlooked how damn beautiful these movies can get. Cinema is first and foremost a visual medium, and no other medium can test the limits of the imagination and realize the potential of filmmaking like animation. So in honor of the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, here are the 15 most beautiful animated films ever.

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