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…)


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…)

Imagine being in that first meeting for Inside Out, a tale about what goes on inside the head of a young woman on the cusp of puberty as represented by a complex technical infrastructure and five characters based five unique emotional states. The whole thing sounds like a psychology text re-edited to be read by children, and perhaps even just as difficult to market. But having said that, this is Pixar, and they’re not your average animation studio. Still, such ambition seems like an odd choice for the studio to put its renewed creative effort behind to rebound after a three movie slump that made people ask if Pixar had lost its mojo? Naturally, by aiming so high, it seems that Pixar, through the wonderfulness of Inside Out, has got its groove back. (more…)

Yes, Brad Bird Will Make ‘The Incredibles 2’ Next


For a while there, Pixar was on a bit of a sequel kick with Toy Story 3, Cars 2 and Monsters University. While movie fans will note that while Toy Story seems to outdo itself with every sequel, what use did a second Cars serve? Or a Monsters Inc. prequel for that matter? Especially when you could be putting all that time and effort into, say, a second edition of The Incredibles. Well, that is changing because an essential piece of that puzzle has now fallen into place. Disney/Pixar‘s already announced The Incredibles 2, but now writer/director Brad Bird has said that it will be his next project. (more…)


We haven’t heard much since Pixar and Disney announced they were beginning work on The Incredibles 2 last year. No one then even knew if Brad Bird would be back to write the sequel. Word is making the Internet rounds today that not only is Bird back to script the sequel, but that The Incredibles 2 will be released in 2015. If that wasn’t enough to get you interested, would you like to see the synopsis that’s also floating around? (more…)


Not just a big box office performer, but Academy Award-winning too, Big Hero 6 was a huge win for the folks at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Disney, as a company, is no stranger to animation domination, but this is the second year in a row where they’ve had a huge international smash hit that was also critically well-received and further lavished with the most prestigious movie trophy in Hollywood. So keeping all that in mind, Disney would have to be crazy not to green light a sequel to Big Hero 6, right? After all, all the live-action comic book adaptations are getting more than one. Well, according to one of the voice actors on the original Hero, there are rumblings… (more…)

pixar star wars

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…)