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Wednesday
Dec072011

John Lasseter says Pixar's next movie "takes you inside the mind"

Pixar is one of the most successful and adventurous movie studios out there. Though we feared that it may fall into a sequel rut now that it’s owned by Disney, it looks like the studio already has another original project brewing after Brave. And guess what? It may also star a girl—or her mind, at least.

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Thursday
Jul142011

Pixar's 'John Carter' trailer looks amazing, and a lot like Prince of Persia

Who knew Mars looked so much like Persia. Disney-Pixar’s adaptation of John Carter of Mars is already looking quite amazing. This will be Pixar’s first foray into live-action film, with Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life) directing and Pixar trying its hand at realistic CGI for the first time. So far, the result looks amazing. At the same time, Film School Rejects are astute to point out that there really isn’t a lot of mars going on here. We haven’t yet seen any aliens or many unfamiliar locations. So far, it looks to be the Prince of Persia that Jerry Bruckheimer failed to produce last year, and then some.

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Saturday
Jun252011

First screenshots of Brave leak, Pixar's first fairy tale

Cars 2 may have been a bit of a let down, but there is still hope for Brave, Pixar's next film--the first original movie its made since Up and its first with a female lead. The first screenshot (see above) has leaked thanks to Entertainment Weekly and Stitch Kingdom. The official poster is below.

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Saturday
Jun252011

Cars 2 review - Pixar's big-budget bid for cash

Welcome back to the world of Cars. Did you miss it? Cars was John Lasseter's ode to America's love affair with the automobile, with the slick red racer Lightning McQueen trying to find himself and make a name for Radiator Springs, a forgotten town off Route 66. Replacing much of the heart and character development of the first movie is a new spy thriller, complete with huge explosions, tons of car chases, a mystery, and a race around the entire world. This sequel couldn't be more sequelish if it tried. 

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Saturday
Aug282010

Can an iPhone game about shooting birds at buildings become a great movie?

I was on a camping trip some months ago and saw a friend playing a goofy little game on his iPod Touch called Angry Birds. It's a popular game (6.5 million downloads at 99 cents a pop) where you slingshot cartoon birds at cartoon buildings. They don't really have to be birds. They could just as well be rocks or balls. It's just a fun theme the developer, Rovio Mobile, thought up to make their side-scrolling physics tumble game more affable. Well, now Rovio wants to take that fun theme and turn it into a broad entertainment brand. TV shows, comics, toys, movies, they're all in the works. 

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Thursday
Aug122010

Toy Story 3 becomes Pixar's highest-grossing movie

After seven years, Finding Nemo has finally met its match. Grossing $896,210,546 and counting, Toy Story 3 has officially surpassed Nemo's impressive worldwide haul of $867,894,287 back in 2003. Pixar is the only studio I can think of that has never had a bomb. All 11 of its films have been hits both critically and commercially. With the exception of Cars 2 on the horizon, this trend looks safe to continue.

For a complete list of Pixar films and their worldwide grosses, click here

Wednesday
Aug042010

Toy Story 3 meets Inception in this mashup (awesome)

I can't get enough of these Inception mashups. This one comes from the folks at ScreenRant. What is Toy Story 3 had been directed by Christopher Nolan? Watch the re-cut below. 

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Thursday
Jul222010

Pixar lends a hand to Jason Segel's Muppet movie

Pixar sure is busy. I worry about them. Worry or not, they are lending a helping hand to a lot of projects these days, including Jason Segel's new Muppet movie. According to Empire Online, the script was read to Pixar royalty Pete Doctor (big Muppet fan), Michael Arndt, Brad Bird, and Ed Catmull. There's no word on whether it's because the script needs work or if the film's creators just want some professional advice. 

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Thursday
Jul152010

Toy Story 3 merchandise expected to gross $2.4 billion this year

Pixar is a force to be reckoned with, it seems. The chart above shows the production budgets for each of the 11 Pixar films to be released. In a graphic below, you can see how much money they grossed at the box office. More interesting is how much side-revenue Disney rakes in. Cars has made $2 billion in merchandise sales since it came out in 2006 and Toy Story 3 is expected to bring home more than $2.4 billion this year alone. 

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Friday
Jul092010

Here's an inside look at the Pixar short Day & Night (video)

One of the best parts about seeing a movie like Toy Story 3 is the short film that comes before it. Every one of Pixar's films has a short and they're always a pleasant diversion. Day & Night is possibly their best yet, though Gerry's Game might still be my favorite. This is a quick run-through of the development behind Day & Night. Check it out, then go see Toy Story 3. 

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