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So far, we've only seen a brief glimpse of Pixar Animation's forthcoming movie Inside Out. The film follows a little girl named Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job all the way in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions are the only first look we've gotten at the 2015 release from Pixar, and they're a big part of the movie as they live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Now we finally have the first image of Riley in the film as well, though we're still not sure who is voicing her.
There might not be a Pixar film in theaters this year, but that doesn't mean the animation studio doesn't have something in store for fans. This Christmas, a new TV special is coming around Christmastime called Toy Story That Time Forgot. There will be a sneak preview of the ABC TV special at Comic-Con on Thursday, July 24th, and that's where you can get ahold of a cool poster designed by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. That might seem like a weird match-up, but when you see the poster with a dinosaur warrior that has a mace in his hand, it'll all make sense. The Halloween short was fun, and this seems cool too. Look!
It's a bummer that we're not getting a theatrical release from Pixar Animation this year, but hopefully they'll make up for it next year with Inside Out, the heady story of the conflicting emotions inside a young girl's mind. And along with that film, as has become customary, we'll be getting an original short film from Pixar as well. It's called Lava, and the film is a 7-minute love story between two mountains named Uku and Lele (like ukulele, get it?). The film will actually premiere at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan next week, and before the film's release, a first look photo shows off one of the happy volcanoes.
If you're one of those students, current or former, who always wondered why it might be good to learn so much math, there's finally at least one reasonable answer. A couple videos have surfaced online looking at how integral math is when working at Pixar Animation. While there's plenty of art that goes into making their stunning animated films, the animation is still done on a computer, which is made possible due to lots of math. Below you can watch a TED talk from Pixar Research Lead Tony DeRose as he discusses the importance of math in Pixar's work, and also a way nerdier video diving into one of their animation systems.
We just recently got a funny look at more of Muppets Most Wanted by way of an online promo using some amusing, fake Twitter hype. And for anyone who's already excited to see Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and all their Muppet pals back on the big screen with stars like Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey, there's something else to be excited about too. Attached to the Disney film will be Pixar Animation's short film Party Central, taking a cue from the Oozma Kappa fraternity from last year's Monsters University. The film took eight months to make and now we have a first look photo from the short film.
What if the meteor that killed off the dinosaurs missed Earth and dinosaurs kept living? Aw look, it's Arlo and his pet human! Out of nowhere, the first teaser poster for Pixar's next release, The Good Dinosaur, has debuted online thanks to poster blog J Posters (who put their watermark all over this thing). Pixar fans may recall that The Good Dinosaur was just delayed from summer 2014 to November 2015, a huge change even though D23 attendees already saw footage and the project has been in production since 2010 at least. This poster finally gives the public a clear look at the two lead characters, the Apatosaurus named Arlo and his human pet (who doesn't seem to have a name yet). Take a look below as we wait patiently for the trailer.
Last week, there was a rumor from Blue Sky Disney going around that Pixar had removed Up co-director Bob Peterson from their forthcoming project The Good Dinosaur, but we decided to wait and see how it played out. Now the news has been confirmed by LA Times, but they report that a replacement hasn't been hired. Instead, Pixar is relying on a group of people to work on various parts of the film. Those people include John Lasseter, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, replacement Brave director Mark Andrews, and Party Cloudy short director Pete Sohn, who had originally been on The Good Dinosaur as co-director.
Inside Out takes you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind. Another one of the big reveals at Disney's D23 Expo taking place this weekend is a first look at the actual characters from Pete Docter's new Pixar movie Inside Out, slated for release in 2015. That pitch about the story taking place inside the mind is all they've revealed about this movie—until now. In addition to revealing a first look at the five main characters, which are emotions personified and colorfied, the voice cast for the animated feature was announced including Bill Hader, Amy Poehler and Lewis Black. See below.
"Are you sure you speak whale?" A very interesting story from NY Times' Arts Beat blog today about one of the year's breakout documentaries and the impact it's already having on our society. Blackfish is the doc, from director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, which opens the book on Seaworld and the mistreatment of the Orca whales they keep in captivity. I just saw the doc this week myself and it's a powerful, persuasive doc that will leave you with the feeling of never wanting to visit Seaworld (again). It's that feeling that Pixar has already noticed, as an insider at the animation studio tipped off the NY Times that they're changing the ending of the 2015 sequel Finding Dory because of the response the doc is nurturing with the public. Smart move.
"What if the asteroid missed the earth 65 million years ago?" That's where idea for Pixar's next original movie, The Good Dinosaur, began. It addresses the question of: what if the dinosaurs survived and never died off? The answer: they'd be living with humans and interacting with us like it's normal. Disney's D23 Expo is underway in Anaheim today and the first big presentation was hosted by John Lasseter looking at the upcoming Disney Animation slate. They revealed a quick first look at the new Good Dinosaur movie and announced the voice cast, featuring the likes of John Lithgow and Frances McDormand voicing dinosaurs.
One of the more prominent complaints about Pixar Animation over the past few years is their sudden fascination with revisiting their films by way of sequels. The animation house stationed at Disney has always produced stellar original work, but some fans feel that their efforts in the sequel department, with the exception of Toy Story, haven't been up to usual quality standards. It sounds like Pixar has been listening as a recent conversation Pixar's presdient Ed Catmull had with BuzzFeed indicated that they will significantly scale back the number of sequels that go into production and focus more on original ideas.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "I am going to scare circles around you." The lovable Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc are back in the prequel Monsters University, the 14th movie from Pixar Animation Studios. While there is no Boo this time, we do meet a whole batch of new monsters including Squishy, Don, Terri & Terry, Art, Johnny and the ominous Dean Hardscrabble. So how is it? Does it live up to Monsters Inc at all, is at as good as that classic, or not even close? Does it have as much heart as there is humor? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Pixar's Monsters University.
In 2001, when Monster's, Inc. came out, Pixar was still in its early years. The company had two Toy Story films and A Bug's Life, which some considered a slight disappointment. Adorable as it was, Monster's, Inc. still didn't quite reach the heights of quality storytelling that would come a bit later with films like Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. It's only natural that now, 12 years and ample amounts of that quality later, the company's trek back to the well brings us Monsters University, a prequel. The results are still fine, adorable as ever, with plenty of laughs from audiences both young and old. And maybe that's good enough.
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim and Jeremy are joined by Kate Erbland, from MSN Movies & Film School Rejects, to go through their picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for Noam Murro's 300: Rise of an Empire and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and much more. The main topic was a discussion on Pixar's cinematic output since the topic was last broached on the show in 2010, coinciding with Monsters University hitting theaters this week. The group talks over their last few films and how the company has/hasn't changed and where they hope to see them go.