This is your brain on Pixar. While the first trailer for Inside Out was more of a love letter to other Pixar films, a new trailer gives us more insight into just how this story about the voice inside a girl’s head is going to work. READ FULL STORY
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Ten years ago this month, Brad Bird’s animated adventure film The Incredibles debuted—and with its winning, funny story about a married pair of washed-up superheroes trying to raise kids and save the world at the same time, it immediately joined the canon of Disney/Pixar insta-classics.
Almost exactly one decade later, Disney released Big Hero 6, another story about a team of animated heroes. It’s not hard to spot connections between the two: They share similar color schemes and aesthetics, for example, and they both feature a titular group of crime-fighters trying to get (or regain) a grip on their abilities while battling a self-styled supervillain out for revenge.
But there’s plenty that separates the two films, besides a decade of animation advancements—and Big Hero 6 may have done well to lift more from its predecessor.
One word, John Lasseter: Plastics.
The Pixar chief who changed the animation game with his innovative use of computer technology in 1995’s Toy Story will return to the directing chair to make a fourth movie about the adventures of Woody, Buzz, and the gang, Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger announced Tuesday.
The film is set to hit theaters in June 16, 2017, and in a somewhat surprising twist it will be written by Rashida Jones, formerly of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, and her screenwriting partner Will McCormack (who penned the 2012 indie romantic comedy Celeste and Jesse Forever.)
The story was conceived, however, by the Pixar brain trust: Lasseter, Finding Nemo‘s Andrew Stanton, Up and Monsters Inc.‘s Pete Docter, and and Toy Story 3‘s Lee Unkrich.
Writer-director Peter Docter ’s upcoming film is set in a place where few men have dared venture: the mind of a pre-pubescent girl. Pixar’s Inside Out—out June 19—was inspired by the Up director’s young daughter Elie, whose entry into adolescence transformed her from a mischievous girl into a “quiet” pre-teen. “[As parents] we were like, ‘Wow, that’s so unlike her, what’s going on her brain?’” recalls Docter, who made his directorial debut with Monsters Inc. “And that’s what lead to the heart of the story—the question of what goes on inside our own minds.” READ FULL STORY
1) An acronym that stands for the color order of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
2) A short video, edited by Rishi Kaneria with music by Moderat, that brings various Pixar clips together, demonstrating how the animation studio uses said color spectrum, visually and narratively.
For our purposes, we’ll be discussing the latter…ROYGBIV, the video, begins strong with bold red and orange hues (i.e. Merida’s fiery red hair in Brave), mellows out a bit with relaxing yellows and greens (i.e. the pastel house from Up), and really cools off with blues, indigos, and violets (i.e. the ocean blues of Finding Nemo). ROYGBIV also includes clips from: Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Cars, Cars 2, Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. Together, even at a mere 1:28, the video shows how color conveys mood, beautifully. Enough yammering. This is much more of a visual experience:
It’s a rare off year for Pixar, with no full-length feature in theaters until next summer. But Disney recently shared an adorable clip from Lava, the short that was slated to debut in front of The Good Dinosaur—before that movie was delayed from May 2014 to November 2015. As you can see, Lava is the story of a singing Hawaiian volcano, named Uku, who is looking for love.
The name Uku evokes the ukelele—the popular Hawaiian guitar-like instrument that practically scores the state’s sunsets and seduces millions of mainland tourists every year. The late Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s strummed a uke, and Lava director James Murphy told Yahoo that his short was in part inspired by the singer’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”“I thought that if I could marry the rich imagery and with the power and emotion of music, then I could really make something cool,” he told the site.
Singer Kuana Torres Kahele provides Uku’s voice, and one-third of the inspiration for the volcano’s face. The other two-thirds: Jackie Gleeson, and the cartoon bulldog in the Looney Tunes short, “Feed the Kitty.” READ FULL STORY
Show of hands: Who else is really excited about Inside Out?
Until now, Pixar has been tight-lipped about its upcoming film, which takes place entirely inside an 11-year-old girl’s brain. But at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France yesterday, Variety reports that Inside Out director Pete Docter both showed the opening of the film and outlined his vision for the whole movie. READ FULL STORY
If you thought you were excited before…
Pixar just revealed plot details of its latest animated tale, Inside Out, which will take viewers inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley.
Pixar writes: “Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job 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 live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.”
First of all, a round of applause for a voice cast that is a comedy fan’s dream. Secondly, anyone else think the characters in this Pete Docter-directed tale sound a bit like the muses from 1997’s Hercules?
Inside Out will be released June 19, 2015.
Fans will now be able to watch Frozen on any device.
Coinciding with the digital release of the company’s latest hit, Disney has launched a movie streaming service called Disney Movies Anywhere. The multiplatform service — which is available for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and the web — lets people purchase and watch more than 400 titles from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel.
“Disney Movies Anywhere is an adaptable digital ecosystem designed to help consumers consolidate their Disney movie collections and enjoy them for years to come,” said Jamie Voris, Chief Technology Officer, The Walt Disney Studios, in a release. “The beauty of this technology is that it enables us to work with iTunes and future provider partners to ensure movie lovers have streamlined access to all of their favorite Disney titles no matter which device they are on. The intuitive layout of the website and app creates an easy and enjoyable browsing environment for the whole family.”
The service is powered by iTunes. For a limited time, fans will receive a free digital copy of The Incredibles when they sign up and connect their iTunes account. The digital codes Disney has included with DVD/Blu-rays since 2008 will also be redeemable with the service.
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