September 30, 2014

Post 153: Pixar Theory Answers by Pixar!

Hi everyone! We all know the famous Pixar theory by Jon Negroni which says all of the movie made by Pixar are connected. I might do a Pixar Points on it in the future. But what does Pixar think of it? Recently some Pixar workers said their thoughts on the conspiracy:

" "It all starts with Merida discovering 'the will-of-the-wisps,'" Jon Negroni wrote in his widely circulated "Pixar Theory," the end-all, be-all timeline that aims to prove all of Pixar's movies exist in one universe. Fans have spent hours agonizing over Easter eggs and hints about old and upcoming movies in each Pixar project, but the studio has never said if executives intentionally created the timeline.

In a recent interview with Movies.com, Monsters University director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae spoke about the theory. Asked if there was any truth to fan speculation, Scanlon said, "It's a funny idea, but we would've had to be insane geniuses to have plotted that out." Rae claimed that she had never spoken about it at Pixar, but added, "I'm sure people do, though."
But they had to admit there are some obvious connections between the movies. "You gotta think -- obviously we build on a world, and it's not for any other reason than a fun thing to do, but you can't deny that certain products are sold in the same world," Scanlon said.

Last year, Jalopnik spoke to Pixar's Jay Ward, who is considered the "guardian of the 'Cars' franchise," about the theory. At the time, Ward said, "No, the movies were sort of made in a different order by different directors in different times, in different places. It's cool that it all worked out that way, but it probably was not intentional." But hey, there are only so many times you can see a Luxo Ball and think coincidence." -Jessica Goodman, Huffington Post

Also, it has been made into a mind-blowing video. [Link] Also, let's see how many Pixar workers think about it. See you soon!

What Pixar worker do you want to give their reaction of the theory next?

Post 152: New 'Toys R Us' Pixar Toy Line-Up!


These top photos are from the site Dan the Pixar Fan I highly recommend the site.
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Hi everyone! We all know the Toy Story and Cars and Monsters University toys are still in stores. But now at Toys R Us you can get a all-new line up of  "New toys!" (-Toy Story 3) Including the fan-favorite Pixar toys from over the years and some new ones. And one that you might be interested in is the U-Command WALL-E (which came out originally in 2008, and I have it) is coming back as part of the line-up! They even put out a video on the new/old toy:
Also, I found a old ad about when it came out:
It is so cool that they are brining these toys to Toys R Us and seeing toys for all the Pixar classic movies. And I can't wait to see what lays ahead for the line-up.

What is your favorite Pixar toy of all time?

Post 151: 'Dancing with the Stars' Goes 'Up' (Updated with Video)


Hi everyone! If you were watching Dancing with the Stars recently, then you know that recently a dancing team danced with a little Pixar twist. That's right! They danced to the wonderful score of Up. And if your wondering which part of the score, well grab your tissues because it was the 'Married Life' scene score. And though I didn't find any clips so far of the dance, you can kind of picture it with music. And if they do post a clip of it, I'll keep you posted. And this make me wondering what Michael has for the Inside Out score.

UPDATE: I found the dance! So cute!!!

What is your favorite piece of a Pixar score?

September 27, 2014

The Pixar Points #3: Pixar's Animation

 Hi everybody! Get ready, for the next three Pixar Points including this one I'm going to talk about the three most loved things about Pixar: Animation, Story, and Characters. For the first one I'm going to talk about, animation. The reason I wanted to do this one is because it is what Pixar is most known for even on Cars 2 (which I recently reviewed) though being the most critically-hated movie from their history currently people still said the animation is breathtaking. And now what do I think of their animation from over the years?


Well, let's start from the first Toy Story. Sure the humans and the dogs look a bit creepy (but not as bad as the Billy from Tin Toy), the toys look good or at least better. The animation kind of looked rough a bit up until about Finding Nemo. Now I'm to talk about how Pixar's animation looks now. If you look at Monsters University, you see that they put little, tiny detail into everything. Anyways, to sum it all up, Pixar is always trying to improve their animation in new ways. Sorry for this one not being as long as normal but there is three parts to this one! So see you then!

What do you think of Pixar's animation?

Next Time on Pixar Points: Pixar's Storytelling!

Pixar Review: 'Cars 2'

Hi everybody! It is time for my review on Pixar's most critically-hated movie currently, Cars 2.

Plot:
About couple years after the first movie Lighting McQueen has recently came back to Radiator Springs after his fourth Piston Cup win, but now his best friend Mater has gotten him in the new World Grand Prix. But in another side of the globe a spy car named Finn McMissile is trying to find out a case about a mysterious camera. Meanwhile, when Lighting, Mater, and the crew are getting ready for the first race in Japan, Mater got mixed up in Finn McMissile's and his parter's (Holley Shiftwell) undercover spy quest. And now the movie is a collage of the first movie's racing scenes and a new spy story.

Cast Highlights:
  • Emily Mortimer (Holley Shiftwell)
  • John Turturro (Francesco Bernoulli, one of the racecars Lighting is up against)
  • Thomas Kretschmann (Professor Z, the right hand man to the main bad guy, who I'm not going to spoil.)
Final Thoughts:
Okay, though it is not as great as WALL-E or Up, it is still a pretty good movie, after watching it a couple of times I see what they were trying to do and though the spy story is a bit unoriginal, the animation is great as you would expect from Pixar. Overall, it might not be the most awesome Pixar movie ever, but it is still a pretty nice movie, not the best but still good.

My Rating: 5/10

NOTE: I love Pixar, but this movie just didn't feel right to me. I just felt like a normal family movie and not a Pixar one.

What do you think of the movie? (No spoilers!)

September 23, 2014

'Disney Infinity 2.0' Out Starting Now!

Hi everybody! CALLING OUT ALL DISNEY, PIXAR, AND MARVEL FANS! The sequel of Disney Infinity is out now! With more classic Disney characters and the all-new Marvel Super Heroes line up! You can start collecting some today with more coming soon! And I will do a Pixar Points on it soon, once I've played around in it for a while. Have fun playing everybody!

Will you be playing? And tell me what you think on it! (No spoilers!)

September 21, 2014

Post 150: 'Pixar Artist Showcase' Debuts

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Hi everybody! When you first see picture books, you usually think it is for little kids. But if you read some good one little the Little Golden Books whivh we all had as kids, you see this great artwork that people put time into making. And if I told you Pixar has made a picture book you think, wait, wait? , but if I told you Pixar is making a series of them you think, I NEED THEM ALL! Introducing the Pixar Artist Collection:

"Listen up, Pixar fans. Your favorite creative studio is kicking off a new series of picture books, all written and illustrated by the studio’s incredibly talented artists. Introducing: the Pixar Animation Studios Artist Showcase series!
Just think: a series of children’s books that are actually personal projects of Pixar Animation Studios artists. How cool is that?

Over There

The series made its debut with an adorable picture book entitled Over There, written and illustrated by Pixar production designer Steve Pilcher. Thanks to our friends at Disney Publishing Worldwide, I was able to review this 40-page gem for your consideration.
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Which brings me to this interesting note. The press release that came with my review copy said that the purpose of the Artist Showcase books is to “showcase the personal work of one of these talented artists and introduce a brand-new world and characters”. Say what? “Brand-new world and characters”? Is this Pixar’s sneaky way of introducing new material into its canon? Or is Pixar simply claiming ownership because it’s “their” book series?

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Whatever’s really going on here, I’m thoroughly interested in these picture books and I’m anxious to see what Pixar will release next from its Artist Showcase series.
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About Steve Pilcher

Steve Pilcher joined Pixar Animation Studios in July 2005 as a production designer. Pilcher worked briefly on the Academy Aware winning film WALL-E, before moving full-time onto Disney-Pixar’s Academy Aware winning film Brave.

"BRAVE"Born in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, Pilcher is a self-taught artist who began his career with a solo art exhibition of his work in 1974 at the age of 19. In 1978, Pilcher illustrated his first children’s picture book called, Norbert Nipkin, which has become a Canadian classic for kids. Pilcher continued to work in Toronto, Canada as a commercial illustrator, creating a wide variety of artwork for children’s books, editorial, advertising, packaging and film animation clients. He was eventually invited to join Warner Bros. Feature Animation as an Art stylist.

Pilcher was nominated for an Annie Award for his production design work on the Warner Bros. animated film Osmosis Jones. He also contributed his illustration talents to the one-sheet poster for Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant. Pilcher worked as an art director at DreamWorks Animation on Shrek 2, and briefly freelanced at Disney Feature Animation, before coming to Pixar. Pilcher currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children." -Rotoscopers, Mason Smith

If you have the book, what do you think of it? (No spoilers!)

The Pixar Points #2: A Pixar Fan's Thoughts on 'Wreck-It Ralph'

Hi everybody! Welcome to the first type of Pixar Points which are called, A Pixar Fan's Thoughts on..., which will talk about something not made by Pixar and what a Pixar fan thinks about them. And on this first edition of them we have a movie talked a bit on the first Pixar Points, Walt Disney Animation Studios' Wreck-It Ralph. The reason that I am doing this movie first is because that in 2012, Pixar released Brave and Disney released Wreck-It Ralph, and after both came out the critics thought Wreck-It Ralph was more like the awesome Pixar movie. And back then I was more excited for Brave, but then after I saw it let's just say I loved it but it was not as great as WALL-E. But when I saw later that year in September when I saw Finding Nemo 3D, I saw this trailer, and I got excited for the movie. And now, my thoughts on the movie!

My Thoughts on the Movie:
 First off, I love all they put on there for video game fans, and I'm not a video gamer but I love old-school games, like Pac-Man and loved the little blink or you miss it cameos or the clearly seen cameos. Next up, I love all the styles of the movie from the first person shooter to the old school style of animation. Next up, I love the story and giving these characters heart like Pixar does or tries to do with their characters. But a thing I don't really like is that they stay at Sugar Rush for such a long time I wanted to see more worlds, and they stay there for most the 2nd act and all the 3rd act, I liked it, but wanted to see more video games at the arcade. But anyways, I still like it. I'll give it a 8/10. And about it being better then Brave, well, I think that both movies are good they both have flaws, but both are great movies. And I'll see you next time.

Next Time on Pixar Points: A Perspective on Pixar's Animation

September 20, 2014

Pixar Review: 'Toy Story 3'

Hi everybody! I haven't done a review in a while (a while being May 29th) so why not review "Toy Story 3"? So here we go with the review!

Plot:
About 10 years after the second movie, Andy is going to college and still has his childhood toys, and he doesn't know what to do with them. After a series of events, all of the toys but Woody believes that Andy is just going to throw them in the trash bags. A little after the toys end up in a daycare called Sunnyside and they think it is great, but it turns out it is terrible, luckily Woody all ready escaped to a little girl named Bonnie's house. Now the toys need to find each other and escape Sunnyside together.

Cast Highlights:
  • Tom Hanks (Woody)
  • Tim Allen (Buzz)
  • Wallace Shawn (Rex)
  • John Morris (Andy in ALL 3 MOVIES)
  • Erik Von Detten (Sid) (Yes, he is in there.)
  • Charlie Bright, Amber Kronker, Brianna Maiwand (Peas-in-the-Pod)
Final Thoughts:
I feel like this might get people upset, but I didn't really feel anything a the end ("the Andy thing"), but the ending wasn't terrible. But, I have no problem for the rest. And with great animation and storytelling it is a great movie with a somewhat of a great story book quality. And with that I give it 9/10.

What are your thoughts of the movie? (No spoilers!)

September 15, 2014

Post 149: The VIEW-ing of "Lava"

Hi everybody! "Lava" is coming to public viewing eyes in June 19th in front of "Inside Out"! And the day is coming closer and closer! But, if your going to the 15th Annual View Conference... you'll be able to be seen! Here is the news:


"Since the announcement of Pixar's upcoming feature short LAVA, fans have been 'erupting' with excitement over this volcanic love story. That excitement will continue to 'flow' as LAVA will make its European debut at the 15th International VIEW Conference with special guest Bill Watral (Supervising Technical Director).

The VIEW Conference is the premier international event held in Turin, Italy on Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 2D/3D Animation, Gaming and VFX. The conference which will run from October 14-17, 2014 will continue to focus on exploring the increasingly fluid boundary between the real and digital worlds. This incredible conference is packed with brilliant guest presenters and is sure to be an informative and entertaining conference.

The conference schedule is filled with speakers from many animation studios including Disney, DreamWorks, as well as a keynote presentation from Pixar Co-Founder Alvy Ray Smith. For those planning on attending the VIEW Conference, LAVA will premiere on Thursday, October 16 at 10:00 AM.

FILM FESTIVALS

 
To date, we are aware of LAVA playing at the Hiroshima Film Festival (August 21-25), Telluride Film Festival (August 29 - September 1) and the Toronto International Film Festival (September 4-14). Be sure to keep your eyes out for additional viewings, but in the meantime, we're also expecting LAVA to be included at the Hawaii International Film Festival, scheduled from October 30 - November 9, 2014, and the Sonoma Film Festival, scheduled from March 25 - 29, 2015." -Pixar Post

And if you are going or have already seen it, put your thoughts in the comments! (But try not to spoil it.)

September 13, 2014

The Pixar Points #1: The Critics and the Pixar Movies from 2011-2013

 
Hi everybody! Welcome to the first edition of "The Pixar Points" and we have one of the biggest and most recent Pixar topics, the critics response to the recent Pixar movies (2011-2013). If you don't know what I'm talking about here's the deal, from "Toy Story" to "Toy Story 3" all of Pixar movies (except "Cars") were considered masterpieces of animation and movies by the critics. But started with "Cars 2", Pixar started to lose that magical touch with the critics. And now, I'm going to talk about the critics reactions to the three movies from Pixar from 2011-2013. And the reason I called it 2011-2013, is because "Inside Out" and the other future might bring back the magical touch with the critics. Also, I'm not going to talk about my opinions on the movies, I'm going to save that for the reviews.  And now without further ado, the reactions to the 2011-2013 movies from Pixar!

"Cars 2" (2011) Rotten Tomatoes: 39%

First off, there were some things that the critics did like, including the more interesting idea and the great animation. But, the critics say that it has a boring story and the characters are really bland. And having Mater as the main character isn't really a good idea. Also the spy story is like every other spy movie ever made. And it also feels like a normal kiddie animated movie and not a Pixar Animation Studios movie. My thoughts on this is that, yeah, "Cars 2" is Pixar's weakest movie but it's not as awful as you think. So I kind of agree with them and I kind of don't. Now on to "Brave"!



"Brave" (2012) Rotten Tomatoes: 78%

Tough the critics like the next two movies more than "Cars 2", they still think that Pixar is in a dark age now, because it feels like a Disney movie rather than a Pixar movie, and that "Wreck-It Ralph" feels like the true Pixar movie of the year. Another problem they have is that it has a lot of stuff from other Disney movies, most namely any with a princess or "Brother Bear". My thoughts on this is that, yeah, I like "Wreck-It Ralph" a bit more than "Brave" and sure, it feels more like a Disney movie. It still has great ideas in it that can be original at times. Now on to the most recent one, "MU".


"Monsters University" (2013) Rotten Tomatoes: 78%

This movie is mostly as liked as "Brave". But this movie is starting to make the critics say that they are trusting on their success. But others think it isn't as good because it is a sequel (well, in this case, prequel) that Pixar seems to be doing a lot of recently. And also that the movie reminds people of other collage movies. My thoughts on this is that I don't think Pixar was trusting this movie only because it was going to make a lot of money nor the fact that it is bad only because it is a prequel. And about that "like other collage movies" thing, I haven't really seen any other collage movies. So I don't really know about that, but I think Pixar wanted it to feel like a normal collage movie but with monsters. I think it was a good movie and it was a hint at Pixar heading to the right way.



Final Thoughts:

Tough Pixar isn't how they might have been, they are heading toward a better future for the company. And who knows, maybe "Inside Out" might be Pixar's most beloved and best movie, it is directed by Peter Docter. Anyways, see you next time!

Next Time on Pixar Points: A Pixar Fan's Thoughts On Wreck-It Ralph

Post 148: "Finding Dory" Casting Goes On "The Wire"

Hi everybody! Pixar has been recently slowly been released news on their interesting future films. And now there is a interesting piece of news from the next Pixar sequel, "Finding Dory".
 
Finding Dory"Pixar is focused on producing original films next year, with "Inside Out" and "The Good Dinosaur" both slated to arrive in theaters in 2015. That does not mean that the studio has forgotten about its fan favorite characters. Woody and Buzz, along with the rest of the "Toy Story" gang have made the jump to the small screen, with a holiday special airing on ABC later this year. The next feature film from Pixar that is a follow-up, though, is "Finding Dory", a sequel to "Finding Nemo". It is scheduled to arrive in 2016, and although we do not have many details about its story, we now know that it will feature a small reunion for two actors from "The Wire".

Shortlist (via /Film) recently interviewed Dominic West, who played Detective James McNulty on HBO’s "The Wire", and discovered that the actor is currently recording dialogue for the upcoming Pixar film. West also stated that Idris Elba, well known for his turn as Stringer Bell on the HBO show, has been cast in the film as well:
Dominic West and Idris Elba on The Wire“I saw Idris recently…We’re both in the sequel to "Finding Nemo", so we were recording that. I’m in pretty regular contact with a lot of guys from "The Wire" — a lot of them are godparents to my kids, so I love them dearly.”

Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton and producer Lindsey Collins are clearly fans of West’s work. The actor held a prominent role in "John Carter", the last film that Stanton and Collins collaborated on. Seeing Elba, who has been increasingly busy in recent years, join West pretty much confirms that the creative team was impressed by their work on the show. "The Wire" is considered by many to be one of the greatest television series ever, so fans of the show will likely be thrilled by the casting.

The film, which was briefly previewed at last year’s D23 Expo, has a story that predictably revolves around Dory. Below is the synopsis we learned of at the convention:
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The events of "Finding Dory" take place one year following the events of the first film. Dory has been living with Marlin and Nemo, who have adopted the blue tang fish into their family. A traumatic event takes place and Dory finds herself drawn to her birth family, who we never met in "Nemo". The character goes on a journey to find the other members of her family, which is what sets the story in motion.
West and Elba join previously announced cast members Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, and Ty Burrell. Given that none of these actors were around for the first film, it would not be surprising to see them play members of Dory’s family. We will no doubt have to wait quite a while before we hear any further details.

"Finding Dory" debuts in U.S. theaters on June 17, 2016!" -Pixar Times

What do you think of the newest casting choices for "Finding Dory"?

September 8, 2014

Post 147: Discover the Pixar Rainbow!


Hi everybody! Do you just love Pixar tributes? Well now feast your eyes on Pixar's wonderful use of color in "ROYGBIV: A Pixar Supercut" by Rishi Kaneria! This tribute/supercut goes from Pixar's uses of red like Auto's perspective from "WALL-E" to violet and pink like Randall covered in hearts in "Monsters University". You can check out the awesome video at http://vimeo.com/105089367!

The Rainbow Connection! ;)
What do you think of the supercut?

September 2, 2014

Disney Infinity 2.0 Recap FINALE + New Post Series

Hi everybody! Today we have the final part of the recap of the new game, Disney Infinity 2.0, the sequel to Disney Infinity 1.0. Today we have all the characters that are official:

-Baymax (Big Hero 6) [profile]
-Hiro (Big Hero 6) [profile]
-Donald Duck (Classic Disney) [profile]
-Aladdin ("") [profile]
-Jasmine (Aladdin) [profile]
-Tinker Bell (""/Peter Pan) [profile]
-Stitch (Lilo and Stitch) [profile]
-Merida (Brave) [profile]
-Maleficent ("") [profile]
-The Avengers [profile]
-Spider Man [profile]
-Guardians of the Galaxy [profile]

So there is all of the Disney Infinity 2.0 characters that are confirmed. But I wanted to tell you of a new post series for this blog, The Pixar Points. This posts will touch on anything on Pixar that isn't a movie or short film. From a commentary to a Pixar fan's thoughts on a non-Pixar movie. I have many ideas for these posts. So look out for some in couple of days along with new Pixar news and reviews.

What characters from Disney Infinity 2.0 do you want?
What topics should I do for the new Pixar Points?
Tell me in the comments!