Finding Dory

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Pixar is a victim of its own success in a great many ways, because now if one of their movies doesn’t break you down into  slobbering mess contemplating the purpose and value and your own existence, then it somehow didn’t meet expectations. But it’s okay for Pixar movies to be merely fun; fun and heartwarming without grander aspirations to remind you of your own humanity, or your own mortality. That’s where Finding Dory lives. The sequel to the 2003 smash hit Finding Nemo is the perfect sequel in that it expands the world of the original, allows its characters to grow just a little bit more, and recaptures the same sense of fun without too terribly rocking the boat.  (more…)

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Finding Dory is certain to make a bunch of cash, while it’s been thirteen years since Finding Nemo raked in just under a billion dollars at the box office, parents will be flocking to theaters with their young ones in tow for the sequel. Throw in the popular day time host Ellen DeGeneres and this movie pretty much markets itself. There’s a new trailer out and you can check it out below. (more…)

Finding Nemo remains a creative, commercial and critical benchmark for Pixar with its colorful characters, amazing visuals, and touching story about a father trying to find his missing on. But can lightning strike twice? Pixar’s own track record with sequels and prequels has been spotty with the Toy Story films winning creative gold three times over, while Cars 2 and Monsters University marked a less than stellar period in the studio’s recent history. So where will Finding Dory land on the spectrum? It’s tough to say, but from the looks of this new trailer, and all previous one, it seems that a dozen years have only sharpened Pixar’s skills at bringing underwater worlds to vivid life. (more…)

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A few days ago, Nerd Bastards posted our picks for the Top 10 non-comic book, 100 per cent original nerdy films on the docket for the year 2016. But we know that these days it’s all about the franchises, so today we’re checking out the Top 10 highly anticipated sequels, reboots, and comic book movies coming up in the next 12 months. From aliens to ghosts, good guys teaming up and bad guys teaming up, supreme sorcerers and mercs with a mouth, wars, rogues and fish, here is the brand name cinema that you should be marking your calendars for in 2016. (more…)

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Disney is well-known for driving their franchises right to the bank. If they can make a sequel to a movie, chances are they will. And nowhere is this more prevalent than among their Pixar films. So prepare yourselves for another dose of movies that you may or may not care about with this D23 Expo poster reveal. Scroll on to see the first imagery being used to promote Cars 3, Toy Story 4, The Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory. (more…)

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Pixar is a powerhouse studio, and not only among animation houses. Ten of their 14 film have Rotten Tomatoes’ ratings above 90%, and their first flop – not that a 74% RT score or being the sixth highest grossing film of the year makes you a flop –  was Cars. So even when they fail, they fail far better than most movies ever dream of succeeding. It was only when the studio made a sequel to their lowest rated film did their mass appeal drop dangerously low with Cars 2‘ 38% RT score. And sadly, since then films like Brave and Monster’s University haven’t recaptured that universal love.

Some say Pixar is suffering from sequelitis, spending too much time retreading old characters and stories with a succession of sequels: Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Monster’s University, and the announced Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. To be fair, only four of their 14 released films have been sequels, but most have happened recently, and those last two weren’t very well received. I find Toy Story 2 and 3 to be the rare exceptions where the films actually improved as the series progressed, with Toy Story 3 easily being one of the best films of the past five years. But, when you set the bar soooo high, eventually you’ll stumble, right?

Okay, enough of me waxing on about Pixar and how great they are, or were and how they’ve been slipping from their perch in recent years. Ed Catmull, President of Pixar – which must be, like, the best fucking job in the world – has heard the outcry for a return to original films and tone back on the number of sequels the studio produces.

Speaking with Buzzfeed, Catmull said,

For artistic reasons … it’s really important that we do an original film a year. Every once in a while, we get a film where we want or people want to see something continuing in that world — which is the rationale behind the sequel. They want those characters, which means we were successful with them. But if you keep doing that, then you aren’t doing original films.

We’re going to have an original film every year, then every other year have a sequel to something. That’s the rough idea.

This fits nicely with what know of Pixar’s slated upcoming releases: The Good Dinosaur (2014),  Inside Out (2015), and Finding Dory (2015). There’s also the recently released dates for a whole slew of unannounced Pixar projects for June 17, 2016; June 16, 2017; November 22, 2017; and June 15, 2018. You can see a pattern emerging. /Film‘s Germain Lussier seems confidant that 2017 sequel will be Toy Story 4, but I’d like to dream we may finally see an Incredibles 2.

Are you happy to hear Pixar hasn’t forgotten about focusing on the original films that brought the studio such acclaim? Which of their films do you believe deserve sequels?

Source: Buzzfeed via /Film

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