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…)
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…)
There was a nagging thought in the back of my head all week that NYCC 2014 would have some new trailers premiering and right on cue the first day Disney let’s loose with a new, Big Hero 6 full length trailer that sets the story, mood, and style for the movie. *Note to Hollywood – We’re all pretty tired of being teased repeatedly. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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
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?
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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]
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