Disney & Pixar Announce ‘Incredibles 2′ is in the Works

- 03-18-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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BREAKING. About 10 years after the release of The Incredibles, Disney CEO Robert A. Iger dropped some surprise news of the pleasant variety when he told shareholders and D23 Members at today’s Annual General Meeting that Pixar is developing a big screen sequel to the animated superhero film. (more…)

Disney Letting Pixar Join in on the ‘Star Wars’ Movie Fun

- 01-22-14Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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It’s no news that the folks at Disney are trying to exploit this Star Wars deal to its fullest potential and rake in the big bucks. New ‘Episodes’, spin-off series, cartoons and a new comic series all play into their plan. So what on Tatooine could they possibly come up with next to make even more money? Well, the answer may not have you jumping for joy, for it seems as if Disney is giving the thumbs-up to one of their other properties to play with the franchise, and that property in question is Pixar. (more…)

Nerd Art Dump: Joker’s Gotham City Circus, Pixar Characters Get Gritty Video Games and More!

- 11-03-13Cool Stuff, Nerd Culture Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Here we go, your weekly taste of the amazing nerd based art to hit the net this week. It’s your Nerd Art Dump, so enjoy this whirlwind trip of the webs finest.

ABOVE: What started out as a simple request, take the classic Beatles Abbey Road album cover and replace the band with characters from their favorite fandom has ended with ‘Geek Road‘ by the amazing Aviv Or

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Pixar Wants to Make More Original Films, Too; Scaling Sequels Back to One Every Other Year

- 06-28-13Film Posted by Sarah Moran

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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

Nerd Art Dump: ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Star Wars’ Landscape Paintings, Lara Croft & MOAR!

- 06-20-13Cool Stuff Posted by NickBungay

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Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.

On with the dump!

Above: Oh no! Oliver Akuin has drawn Jurassic Park‘s Lex and Tim getting attacked by a T-rex, I guess we’ll allow it. If you’ve already seen the movie, and who hasn’t by now, you know that this failed snack attempt is the least of their worries. [XombieDIRGE]

Hit the jump for hipsters, balloons and X-men!
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Brad Bird Talks About ‘The Incredibles’ Sequel Possibilities

- 05-16-13Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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While he’s still working on his latest movie Tomorrowland starring George Clooney, Brad Bird recently took the time to sit down with THR and discuss a number of subjects. Two questions quickly became the chief topic of the interview: Why did he turn down the directors chair for Star Wars VII and would fans every see a sequel to the animated Pixar hit, The Incredibles?

Let’s start with the big one, any chance of an Incredibles sequel?

“I have been thinking about it. People think that I have not been, but I have. Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another [Incredibles] film, and if I can get ‘em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that.

“I like the idea of moving a little more quickly in films. I’m looking for ways to accelerate the pace a little bit and figure out a way to keep creative control over these movies to a level where I’m comfortable with the end result but also speed them up a bit and make more of them. I have many different films I wanna make. It’s like a big airplane hangar and I have different projects on the floor; half-assembled in my brain. I’m interested in all of them. You kind of have to move on the ones people are willing to pay for and the ones you’re most excited about.”

There are so many good reasons to get the Incredibles sequel started, forget the obvious financial reasons, we all know the movie would make truckloads of cash. Everyone wants to see more super family, how did the world really react once the super family returned to the world spotlight? How did that affect the family, what about the other super heroes?

Make this movie . . .please.

Bird also discussed why he turned down Star Wars VII:

“They did come to me. But the problem was, the schedule they had in mind made it impossible to do…unless I dropped Tomorrowland. And I was just really deeply into this film at that point. It’s easy to say, “Just put it on hold.” But you’re moving now; you don’t know if you’re going to be able to move later. Maybe it’s true of filmmakers like Cameron or Spielberg, but I have to act on momentum. We had reached a critical mass where it would’ve thrown the furniture around from the train stopping. I really want to see this movie. I love the Star Wars films, and I can’t wait to see what J.J. does, but it meant I’d have to shut down one dream to participate in another. I feel like [with Tomorrowland] we’re making something that’s really special and unique.”

What’s really interesting is his interest could bring the Disney folks back to ask Bird to Direct one of the stand alone movies or perhaps Star Wars VIII or IX.

What do you think?

Via: Comingsoon

Nerd Art Dump: ‘The Hobbit’- Cat Edition, Disney Game of Thrones, the Creepiest Joker Ever & MOAR!

- 03-21-13Cool Stuff Posted by NickBungay

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Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.

On with the dump!

Above: A cat version of Bilbo by Andrea Femerstrand being creeped up on by a cat version of Gollum, wonderful. The Hobbit made it’self a lot of money last year but if you redo it with cats… You’ll be purring all the way to the bank! [The Mary Sue]

Hit the jump for Deadpool mashups, Corgis and Kocks! (You’re reading that correctly)
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Nerd Art Dump: Disney Princess Jedi Knights, Mondo’s ‘Brave’ poster, Super Villain Arm Wrestling & MOAR!

- 02-28-13Cool Stuff Posted by NickBungay

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Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.

On with the dump!

Above: It’s good to see Disney is putting their ownership of the Star Wars franchise to good use, like making their princesses jedi knights. Ok, they didn’t, but Ralph Sevelius did. [Nerrrding]

Hit the jump for Game of Thrones, cat burglars and a Marvel/Tron crossover! (more…)

Nerd Art Dump: Hulk’s on a Rampage, Daryl Dixon Versus Zombies, PIXAR Star Trek and MOAR!

- 02-22-13Cool Stuff Posted by NickBungay

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Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.

On with the dump!

ABOVE: Looks like someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning -and he’s taking it out on everyone. Just one of many “Hulk smash everybody!” pieces from Darren Rawlings has the gamma powered beast taking his rage out on everyone he can get his hands on. Guess this is what happens when you’re “always angry”. [Lado Inverso]

Hit the jump for Flash Gordon, the saints of pop culture and more!
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Mickey Mouse/Roger Rabbit Ultimate Team-Up!

- 02-20-13Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Well folks, it looks like two of the world’s biggest animated stars may be coming back to the big screen, and it looks like they might be doing it together.  Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit are the subject of a recent proposal entitled The Stooge and, if Roger Rabbit creator Gary K. Wolf’s words are to be believed, Disney is looking at the project pretty seriously.

Apparently the concept art is already being worked on and producer Erik von Wodtke is involved as well, having developed both a story and a treatment for the potential flick.

Or perhaps it’s best to just let Wolf say it in his own words:

The movie is called The Stooge. It will be based on the classic Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movie of the same name. The story has the emotional empathy and sensibilities of Wall-E and Toy Story. It will be a (G) Rated Pixar type animated musical buddy comedy. Mickey takes on the Dean Martin role, Roger, who is already regarded as a comic genius in France, takes the Jerry Lewis part.

The film incorporates five specific locations from the Disneyland park. It also introduces the Toon Train, an exciting and interesting way to travel through Toontown.

The film features real-life people. Walt Disney costars. Orson Welles makes an appearance.

The packaged Development Proposal is currently being evaluated by Disney and Pixar. Meetings are happening! Directors and writers are being evaluated.

And some more of Wolf’s words:

The Stooge is a real development proposal for a Disney/Pixar movie.  It has the same title as the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis film and some of the same plot elements, but it’s not a remake. The storyline in this Stooge is quite different.

This movie, which will be all animated, has nothing to do with the sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit. They are totally different concepts and projects.  It’s not a case of making one instead of the other.  In an ideal, rabbit-centric world, Disney will make both.

The Stooge development producer Erik von Wodtke came up with the story and wrote the treatment.  He showed it to me hoping that I would see how special it was and would be interested in coming in on the project.  With that, he did succeed.  I love the idea of a Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit musical buddy comedy.  This is a co-star pairing made in cartoon heaven.  Two iconic cartoon characters playing off one another in a story that has the heart and emotional soul of films like Wall-E and Toy Story. What Disney fan wouldn’t want to see that?

If this film makes it into full production and the rumored Roger Rabbit sequel also comes through, audiences could be looking at a giant pile of gibbering rabbit in the near future.

What do you folks think?  Roger and Mickey plus music equals good idea?  Or is Disney just looking for yet one more franchise to milk?

 

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.