WE ♥ PIXAR
Adorable! Disney has revealed another lovely teaser trailer for Pixar's Coco, the first musical from Pixar, arriving in theaters later this year (see the first teaser here). This teaser trailer is a bit unique - it's actually a fun short film titled Dante's Lunch, focusing entirely on the dog from the movie. This reminds me of the Scrat short teaser videos that Blue Sky uses to tease their Ice Age movies. Dante is a breed of dog called the Xoloitzcuintle, or "Xolo", better known as the Mexican hairless dog, and he befriends the boy named Miguel in the movie following him to the land of the dead. I love that we're getting another Pixar movie that has a dog as one of the main characters, so I'm totally into this already, even if this isn't my favorite teaser. Enjoy.
"The music - it's not just in me, it IS me." Disney has debuted the first official teaser trailer for Pixar's new movie, a musical titled Coco, based around the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead. We don't know much about the plot, but as you can see, it involves a young boy getting lost in the world of the dead while searching for his father. The voice cast includes newcomer Anthony Gonzalez playing Miguel, along with Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, Renee Victor. As our initial introduction to this original movie from Pixar, this is quite wonderful. I love that we're getting a new Pixar movie that has a dog as a sidekick. Beyond that, it looks like it has the emotion of Monsters Inc in a Mexican musical, and I'm excited already.
"You'll meet artists, scientists, animators, coders, sculptors, all kinds of different people." This is totally wonderful. Khan Academy has partnered with Pixar to launch a new instructional series titled "Pixar in a Box". The idea is to launch an intensive course to teach people how to make computer animated movies like Pixar, teaching the entire process. To announce the series, Pixar made a video that explains step-by-step how they make a movie. It's one of the most exciting and impressive inside looks at the studio that I've ever seen, breaking down every last part of the process. This seriously makes me wish I worked for Pixar, what a dream. But that's the point! They want you to realize that dream can come true, you need to start learning. For now, watch this and discover what it takes to create a feature animated film. There's so much involved.
"Oh my spurs! You ain't never seen Easter eggs like these, partner." Disney has posted a new video on the official Toy Story Facebook page that highlights all of the hidden references in Pixar's movies. Pixar always hides a character from their next movie in each new movie, and this video shows each one of those - starting with Finding Dory. Some other websites are claiming this means the Pixar movies do share a "connected universe", but that's complete nonsense. This is just a fun video showing Pixar's Easter Eggs that finally reveals all of them and connects them to the previous movie. And now I want to go watch all of these again.
It’s not over until Lightning strikes. Disney-Pixar have revealed a new 90-second sneak preview trailer for Cars 3, the latest sequel from Pixar arriving in theaters this summer. We've already seen one attention-grabbing trailer and an intro to the villains, but this trailer finally show part of the story. Lightning has to figure out how to make a big comeback after a disastrous crash, along with new high tech race cars making him obsolete. Owen Wilson returns as McQueen, with a voice cast including Armie Hammer, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, Katherine Helmond, and Paul Dooley. I have to say it - this looks damn good, I'm seriously looking forward to this. Might be better than we're all expecting. "I'm coming for you, Storm."
Meet the hot, young racers that Lightning is going up against. Disney has released a fun new teaser trailer for Pixar's Cars 3, introducing two of the new villains in the upcoming sequel hitting theaters this summer. The racecar Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, is back again and this time he must prove he's still relevant when a "new generation of blazing-fast racers" threatens to push him out. The very first teaser trailer was quite dramatic - showing a big crash about to happen. The two new bad boy cars include Jackson Storm, voiced by Armie Hammer, and Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Cristela Alonzo - revealed by EW.com. Both of them get short little video introductions in this fun teaser. I'm still waiting to see more real footage.
Is this Pixar's first musical? Yes, but not quite. EW.com has debuted a first look photo from Pixar's Coco, their next big original movie coming out in 2017 (the other one Pixar is releasing is Cars 3). Coco is a film set around the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead (or Dia de Muertos), and is about a young boy. In the photo, we can see him holding a guitar playing a song while some colorful confetti kicks up around him. Anthony Gonzalez voices Miguel, and the all-Latino voice cast includes Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt and Renee Victor. Coco isn't exactly "a break-out-into-song musical," but rather, one "set against the backdrop of musical performance." Reminds me of the fantastic Kubo and the Two Strings. See below.
"From this moment everything will change…" Disney has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Pixar's Cars 3, which is playing in front of Disney's Moana opening in theaters this week. Cars 3 is the latest sequel in the Cars series, which is extremely popular with kids, but generally disliked by adults. The racecar Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, is back again and this time he must prove he's still relevant when a "new generation of blazing-fast racers" threatens to push him out. I had heard this teaser trailer might be different, and it definitely is. Don't skip this without giving it a watch, as you might be more interested than you're expecting to be. It almost feels like this is a teaser trailer for a new Christopher Nolan movie. I dig it.
"A major weapons test is eminent - we need to know how to destroy it…" Time for something a little fun to end the week. Mashup creator "Darth Blender" has released a video titled Rogue One: A Pixar Story, which combines footage from different Pixar movies. Playing off of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, various characters from Pixar movies come together to capture Dr. Porkchop's spaceship. As cheesy as this sounds, it's actually an enjoyable mashup of characters and clips, mixing up the right moments from different movies to make this feel like a single movie worth watching. This also makes me want to rewatch Pixar's Brave again, which I haven't seen since release and it seems to be better than I remember. Have fun.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "She just kept swimming." Disney his released the latest Pixar Animation Studios movie, Finding Dory, the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo (first released in 2003). Directed by Andrew Stanton and co-directed by Angus MacLane, the animated adventure brings back the blue tang named Dory, and her two clownfish friends Nemo and Marlin, for another trip across the ocean. The voice cast features Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy. So how is it? As good as Finding Nemo, or better? Did it make you cry? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Pixar's Finding Dory.
Today marks the release of the 17th movie from Pixar Animation Studios. First launched in 1986, they have consistently been one of the most successful movie studios producing consistently outstanding content that wins over audiences of all ages, critics and even The Academy (26 Oscars!). To celebrate the release of Finding Dory, two fans put together this fantastic video called "The Evolution of Pixar" analyzing their progress with animation technology over these past 30 years. It's kind of amazing to see how far they've come, and they still produce some of the best animation, the best movies, and the best storytelling out there.
It's always exciting to see the latest short film in front of the latest Pixar film. They are consistently just as engaging and endearing as the feature film itself. Playing before Pixar's Finding Dory opening this month is a short film called Piper, about a little baby sandpiper bird looking for food on the beach. Explaining the style to THR, director Alan Barillaro said: "I love the painterly aspects of macro photography; the textures almost becomes a characters. I want to see computer animation fall into that world where lenses, just like in live action photography, can have a lot of expression." Disney released a short clip to tease the short. Enjoy.