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Disney and Pixar‘s Incredibles 2 has exceeded all expectations by not only being the #1 movie upon release but by scoring an estimated $180.2 million on its opening weekend.  Finding Dory previously held the largest opening weekend for an animated film with $135 million.

It also passed Disney’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast to have the biggest opening of a non PG-13 rated film (it pulled in $174 million).  It is the 47th film to earn an A+ CinemaScore.

The original The Incredibles earned $70.5 million its opening weekend (the original film also has an A+ from Cinema Score).

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After Disney/Pixar released the original Incredibles in 2004 and pulled in over $633 million at the worldwide box office fans were all anxiously waiting for a sequel. It’s been a long 14 years, but at last, we are getting closer to seeing it… and not much has changed. No real passage of time, just a different role for Mr. Incredible, whose now playing Mr. Mom to a freshly powered baby Jack-Jack while Elastigirl gets to be a worldwide hero thanks to an image-conscious new character (voiced by Bob Odenkirk) who wants to “bring supers back into the sunlight”.

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This one has been around for years. Ever since some intrepid, young fan noticed a little something out of place or a familiar image, the idea that all Pixar movies belong in the same shared universe has been out there. There’s a lot backing the theory up too as many people have identified clues in each film that point to one another. Of course, this kind of thing isn’t usually acknowledged outright by the creators. It took decades before the folks behind Disney’s Aladdin confirmed the opening scene with the narrator selling the lamp was the same ‘person’ as Genie. Maybe it’s been long enough, since today, Pixar officially posted proof on their Toy Story Facebook page!

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Pixar has been returning to the well and chumming out sequels to the films that built the animation studio to the powerhouse it is today. After releasing the sequel to Finding Nemo (Finding Dory), Pixar has plans to release sequels to Cars (Cars 3), The Incredibles (The Incredibles 2), and also the one that started them all, Toy Story (Toy Story 4) in the upcoming years. Originally Toy Story 4 was planned for a June 2018 release date, but now it has been pushed back.

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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…)

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One Pixar film a year almost always feels like a treat. Two films in one year (actually less than six months) feels unearned largesse, but that’s assuming the second film, in this case The Good Dinosaur, matches the first, Inside Out, in the depth and breadth of its storytelling, of its emotional resonance, and visual and verbal wit. Unfortunately, that assumption would be wrong were The Good Dinosaur, a long-delayed, shockingly short-on-imagination animated film stitched together through several, ill-fitting conceits, beginning with the asteroid credited with the extinction of dinosaurs as recently as 65 million years ago. In The Good Dinosaur, the asteroid comes closes, but misses, burning out as it hits the earth’s atmosphere, saving the dinosaurs and, in turn, relegating the descendants of small rodent-sized mammals to never-was, supporting status. It’s clever, certainly, but what The Good Dinosaur does with that conceit isn’t clever at all. It’s often plodding, dull, and uninventive, dolling out child-oriented life lessons minus the subtlety and nuance typical of Pixar’s significantly better, previous efforts. (more…)

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It was a pleasant surprise earlier this year when it was announced that Brad Bird was working on sequel to his 2004 hit The Incredibles, after all, it’s the only “Fantastic Four” movie that’s ever worked. Seriously though, it’s remained a Pixar classic, and despite repeated comments made about the desire to crank out a part 2, in almost 11 years it just hasn’t happened. Blame director Bird who moved on to Ratatouille and then flirted with live-action films with mixed success. With fans everywhere eager to see where Bird takes his superheroes next, the filmmaker recently offered an update on the production, why it took him so long to circle back around, and the very different climate of comic book films today. (more…)