Showing posts with label Disney/Pixar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Disney/Pixar. Show all posts

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Incredible 'Incredibles 2' Movie Trailer is Here - Video of the Day


Disney/Pixar released the official trailer for Incredibles 2 which is pretty incredible. Too bad they couldn't get a better title. It comes to theaters on June 15, 2018.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

'The Incredibles 2' First Trailer - Video of the Day


Don't get too excited, The Incredibles 2 doesn't come out until June 15, but this should suffice for a bit.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Animated Disney Hits Coming Your Way This Month

ABC airs Disney animated hits
Joy from Inside Out, Ralph from Wreck-It Ralph
and Flik from A Bug's Life. (ABC)


It's always interesting to see what the other networks plan to put on in hopes of wooing viewers away from watching the Summer or Winter Olympic Games. This year, CBS is airing a special "celebrity" edition of Big Brother and ABC is using it ratings-getter, The Bachelor to promote a spin-off of sorts The Bachelor Winter Games. The annual presentation of Be My Valentine Charlie Brown will also be shown on ABC opposite of the Olympics' opening ceremony. We'll see how well those on do.

However, ABC is also pulling out its Disney card from up its sleeve airing three Disney and Pixar animated hits this month including the broadcast television debut of Inside Out to be shown tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. The other films making their way to the small screen are Wreck-it Ralph and A Bug’s Life. While first won't make any impact with the Games, Wreck-It Ralph and A Bug's Life could make a dent into NBC's ratings.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for November 22

"Beauty and the Beast" opened on November 22, 1995.‘Beauty and the Beast’ Waltzes in Theaters

Walt Disney wanted to create an adaptation of the Beauty and the Beast story during the 1930s and again in the 1950s, but it didn’t happen. However, it was on this day in 1991 when the film was released as Walt Disney Pictures’ 30th animated feature. Considered the third film during the “Disney Renaissance Period” (which includes The Little Mermaid and Aladdin), the movie was based on the French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. The story centered on a spoiled prince (voiced by Robby Benson) who was cursed to become an ugly beast who could only change back after he found true love. The “beauty” of the story was Belle (Paige O’Hara) who volunteered to be imprisoned by the Beast in exchange for her father’s freedom. Add a few animated household objects like a teapot, clock and candlestick (Angela Lansbury, David Ogden Stiers and Jerry Orbach) a happy ending, and a few songs and you got yourself a classic. After the success of The Little Mermaid, plans for the un-musical story were changed. The film was directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, the screenplay was written by Linda Woolverton, Alan Menken wrote the songs and Howard Ashman wrote the lyrics. During the film’s first release, it made over $425 million on a $25 million budget. The film won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture that year and was nominated for an Oscar for the same category as well. Though it didn’t win the Academy Award for Best Picture, it did win for Best Original Score and Best Original Song. In 1994, the movie was adapted into a Broadway stage musical and the live-action remake of the film was directed by Bill Condon was released in March of 2017.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Family is Celebrated in Brilliant ‘Coco’

Review of "Coco"
Grandma Abuelita and Miguel in Coco (Disney/Pixar)


From toys, to bugs, to cars, to emotions, Pixar ventures in new territory once again with Coco. Directed by Lee Unkrich (who also came up with the idea for the story) and co-directed and co-written by Adrian Molina, Coco is about a 12-year-old boy, Miguel, who has a love for music but is forbidden by his family to play any instruments of even listen to music. As it turns out, this is because many years earlier, Miguel’s great great-grandfather was a musician who traveled a lot despite his wife’s pleas to stay home with his family. One day he never returned. Bitter, the wife forbade music from her household and took up shoe-making. She passed down her shoe-making skills and her family was taught to learn that music was something that would only lead to heartache.

Review of "Coco"
Miguel's "extended" family. (Disney/Pixar)
Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzales) lives with his family which includes his great-grandmother, Mama Coco, who was the daughter of Miguel’s great great-grandfather. Though she doesn’t say much, it is clear that the elderly woman still misses her “papa” a great deal even after all this. The story takes place during the time of the year when Mexican families prepare for the annual holiday of Dia De Muertos. During this season, families set up altars in their homes with photos of family members who have passed away. All of Miguel's family members who have passed away is represented on the altar except for his great great-grandfather whose image has been torn away from a photo that featured his wife and his daughter, Coco. It is their belief that one day of the year, people who have died can come back to their earthly homes to be with their families once again. Miguel has his own shrine for the deceased Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) “the most famous musician in the history of Mexico.”

Review of "Coco"
Miguel's best friend. (Disney/Pixar)
It is also during this time that Miguel is coming to a crossroads between wanting to honor his family’s wishes while also wanting to share his music with the world. When his family discovers that Miguel has been hiding a homemade guitar, they get upset and Grandma Abuelita (Renee Victor), who rules the family with an iron fist, comes unglued. Frustrated with his family’s lack of reasoning regarding music, Miguel begins to solve a family mystery that ends up giving him the opportunity to crossover to walk among the dead in hopes of finding his distant relative. While that might sound morbid, it really isn’t. And it is surprising that a film that contains so many skeleton characters isn’t remotely scary or creepy.

While wandering around the land of the dead, Miguel meets Hector Rivera (Gael Garcia Bernal) a skeleton who isn’t allowed to come back to his ancestral home because his photo is not on display in his family’s altar. He asks Miguel to bring home Hector’s photo so that he can return and Miguel obliges as long as Hector helps Miguel find his great great-grandfather. What follows is an amazing adventure that the boy will remember for a lifetime, provided he gets back to the land of the living before his 24-hour journey is over, which doesn’t seem that bad. People in the land of the dead seem know how to really live.

Review of "Coco"
Miguel with his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Disney/Pixar)
Much like Disney’s Moana, Coco is steeped in rich tradition and while many families will applaud that Disney/Pixar is embracing different heritages and traditions. Before opening here in the states, Coco has been playing in Mexico and has become the highest-grossing film of all time in Mexico and it isn’t hard to see why. Coco features beautiful animation, rich characters, great storytelling and a storyline that despite the subject matter, is very easy to understand. Mexico traditions are explained without talking down to the audience. The movie is funny throughout. The movie’s themes about the importance of family, being true to yourself and reconciliation is spoken loud and clear. I suspect that that Coco will be the next Disney obsession of many youngsters next to Frozen. Which ironically, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, based on the characters from Frozen, will also be shown together with Coco. Unfortunately, the short was not available to critics to review.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for November 5

"The Incredibles" was released in theaters on November 5, 2005.

‘The Incredibles’ Arrive to Save the Day

It was on this day in 2005 when Disney/Pixar released the animated hit movie, The Incredibles. The family of superheroes included Mr. Incredible (who is super strong), Mrs. Incredible (whose maiden name was Elastigirl), daughter Violet (who can become invisible and create protective force-fields), son Dash (who is super fast) and baby Jack Jack (who the family thought had no superpowers, but it turns out, they were wrong.) The family the fights crime together, stays together. The Incredibles was directed by Brad Bird and won the 2004 Annie Award for Best Animated Feature as well as two Oscars. Although fans requested a sequel for years, they will finally get one when The Incredibles 2 arrives in theaters on June 15, 2018.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for November 2

"Monsters Inc" was released on November 2, 2001.

‘Monsters, Inc.’ Opens in Theaters

It was on this day in 2001 that Disney/Pixar released the animated hit, Monsters, Inc. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centered on two monsters who were employed by an energy company who produced energy by collecting the screams of children. Everything goes according to plan until a little girl (“Boo”) wondered into the monster world. The voice cast included John Goodman as James P. “Sully” Sullivan (the hairy blue one) and Billy Crystal as Mike (the round green one) along with Steve Buscemi, James Coburn and Jennifer Tilly. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature (but lost to Shrek) but won an Oscar for Best Originial Song (“If I Didn’t Have You” by Randy Newman). Twelve years later, Disney released the prequel, Monsters University (where Sully met Mike) on June 21, 2013. It was directed by Dan Scanlon.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Behind the Scenes of 'Coco' - Video of the Day


This short featurette covers a lot of territory regarding the upcoming Disney/Pixar movie, Coco.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Enter the World of Disney/Pixar – No, Really

VR experience featuring Disney/Pixar's "Coco."


Pixar Animation Studios announced its first-ever VR experience earlier this week at Oculus Connect, the fourth annual developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Directed by Ross Haldane Stevenson and produced by Marc Sondheimer (who is an Academy Award Winner thank you very much), Coco VR is a co-production from Disney•Pixar and Oculus with VR creative development and execution by Magnopus. Supervising technical director John Halstead spearheaded the technical efforts for Pixar.

Coco VR allows people to explore the worlds of Coco with their friends. The next-level social VR Experience will be available on Oculus Rift November 15, 2017 and Samsung Gear VR November 22, 2017 the day of the film's U.S. release. The experience will be available for a sneak peek at the following events and locations:

  • Día de los Muertos festivals in Los Angeles, New York City, Houston, Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, Oakland and Chicago beginning October 28, 2017.
  • Camp Flog Gnaw Music Festival in Los Angeles on October 28-29, 2017.
  • Select Disney Stores and movie theaters nationwide through November 22, 2017.

Here's a peek of what to expect:

The premise of Coco: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. Watch the trailer here.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for June 29

"Ratatouille" opened in theaters on June 29, 2007.

‘Ratatouille’ Open is Theaters

The eighth Disney/Pixar film, Ratatouille, opened in movie theaters on this day in 2007. Co-written and directed by Brad Bird, Ratatouille tells the story of a rat, Remy whose love for food was greater than the average rat, goes to great lengths to become a French chef with the help of a young garbage boy, Linguini. Production on this movie began in 2000 where the creators wanted to be as authentic as they could in regards to French cooking and the Paris backdrop. Bird had actually interned at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry restaurant and some of the film’s crew visited Paris for inspiration. The movie crew also consulted with real chefs. During the movie’s opening weekend, it debuted at the #1 spot with $47 million which sound very impressive at first, but at the time, it was the lowest Pixar opening since A Bug’s Life. Ironically, in France, the film broke the record for the biggest debut of an animated film. Since then, Ratatouille has become the sixth highest grossing Pixar film. The animated movie won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature that year and was later developed into a theme park ride for Disneyland Paris. News has also been released that Disney is planning for a second theme park ride to be built in the Paris pavilion at Disney's EPCOT in Orlando, Florida.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

'Cars 3' is the Sequel #2 Should Have Been

Review of Cars 3
Lightning McQueen and his new rival, Jackson Storm (Disney/Pixar)


Disney and Pixar’s movie are usually more hit than miss, but the Cars franchise has always been one that falls somewhere in the middle. The first 2006 Cars movie was overly long (1 hour and 57 minutes) for an animated film. While the storytelling was solid, there wasn’t a lot of excitement to the story. However, the Cars-branded toys did fantastic. 2011’s Cars 2 aimed to become more action-packed by making the story more of a spy thriller. Unfortunately, the gamble didn’t really pay off as audiences and critics were not exactly fans of the production. Now in 2017, we have Cars 3 which really should be Cars 2 as it fits better with the original material. However, the story deals with subject matters that might not make much sense to its core audience and so, critics are once again divided.

The first Cars movie focused on a young and hip race car known as Lightning McQueen (Voiced by Owen Wilson) who is was prideful and selfish. On the road between races he found himself accidentally dropped off at the small town of Radiator Springs. After a series of events and trials, McQueen fell in love with the old town (and the residents therein) and ended up adopting it as his own.

Olaf is Coming Back to Theaters in November - Video of the Day


Just when you finally got the song "Let it Go" out of your head, Disney has announced that a new Frozen featurette, Olaf's Frozen Adventure, will appear this Christmas season along with the Disney/Pixar movie, Coco. Here is the trailer for the new 20-something-minute long story...

Friday, June 9, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for June 9

The movie "Cars" was released in theaters on June 9, 2006.

Pixar’s ‘Cars’ is Released in Theaters

The last independent Pixar movie (before the company was purchased by Disney) was Cars which was released in theaters on this day in 2006. Director John Lasseter also wrote the script as a loving tribute to Route 66 and all its small towns and oddities. The story revolves around a world of anthropomorphic cars featuring race car Lightning McQueen who finds himself in the small town of Radiator Springs as a fish out of water. The movie premiered on May 26, 2006 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards and won an Oscar as well as a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature. The movie was popular enough to warrant a sequel, Cars 2, in 2011 (which didn’t fare was well with critics) and a second, Cars 3, to be released on June 16, 2017. The franchise also got its own “land” at Disney’s California Adventure theme park which proved to give the park a much needed boost in attendance.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Pixar Shares Mexican Heritage in 'Coco' - Video of the Day


On the eve of the release of Cars 3, Disney/Pixar is presenting the trailer for the next film coming this November, Coco, which looks a bit creepy and funny at the same time. What do you think?

Monday, May 29, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for May 29

The Disney/Pixar movie "Up" was released on May 29, 2009.

'Up' is Set Into the Air

The Disney/Pixar animated film, Up, was released on this day in 2009. Directed by Pete Docter, Up tells the tale of 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen who dreams of traveling to South America via his house lifted up from a large bunch of balloons and stowaway Wilderness Explorer Russell. Rendered in digital 3-D, the film features up to 20,000 balloons that help the house take flight. Up was the first 3D animated film to open at the Cannes Film Festival and received five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Dug in Real Life - Video of the Day


One the best gimmicks ever in the Disney/Pixar film was the device that allowed Dug the dog in Up to talk. Imagine what that would be like in real life...