For whatever reason, Cars has long been considered the black sheep of the Pixar flicks. Critics tend to rank it merely as "really good" rather than "mind-blowingly, beyond-all-comparison amazing." And for many fans, having Cars 2 as their big, tentpole release is a disappointment. We're still convinced it could be one of the highlights of the summer, though, and we've got five reasons to convince you doubters to give it a try.
5 Reasons to See Cars 2 >> Posted 06.23.11 by reelz
Disney Pixar's upcoming Cars 2 recently received a synopsis which revealed that the sequel would follow Lightening McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Dan Whitney a.k.a Larry the Cable Guy) in a race around the world. While Cars 2 won't open until next summer, two new trailers have premiered for the movie. watch the trailers >> Posted 11.16.10 by Ryan
Based on the look of Disney's Tron: Legacy as glimpsed in the trailer, concept art and still images that have been released so far, the movie is shaping up to be the cinematic visual extravaganza of 2010. Many are already calling it "this year's Avatar." Apparently, however, the story wasn't packing an emotional punch on a par with the visual effects because EW recently reported that Disney brought in several Pixar creators to consult on the movie in advance of director Joseph Kosinski's recent re-shoots. How will Pixar influence the Tron tweeks? >> Posted 07.14.10 by BrentJS
Empire is reporting two exciting pieces of news from yesterday's Disney-themed showcase in London. John Lasseter, Pixar's chief creative officer and the director of several of the studio's features, announced that Timothy Dalton will have a role in Toy Story 3. He also discussed several plot details of Cars 2.
Dalton starred in two James Bond movies in the '80s as well as several TV adaptations of 19th-century British novels. You may also remember him as the thin-mustached villain of The Rocketeer. For Toy Story 3, he will play the role of Mr. Pricklepants, a theatrical hedgehog whose role in the story is not quite clear.
Continuing on the Bond theme, Cars 2 will apparently involve a spy subplot. The story's framework involves Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) traveling around the world competing in an international competition. Destinations include Japan, Germany, Italy, France, and the UK. Along the way, Mater gets involved in a case of mistaken identity when he saves the life of a British agent named Finn McMissile. Guess what? According to Empire, McMissile looks like an Aston Martin.
There's no word yet as to who will voice the character, but we agree with Empire: After the announcement about Dalton, it seems appropriate that Pixar would consider other former Bonds for the role, if not Dalton himself. Posted 09.11.09 by reelz
When Comic-Con began 40 years ago, it was pretty much a bunch of guys and their comic books. My how times have changed. Now it's a multi-day, multi-million dollar tent pole event. Gaming, TV, and movies are all using the convention as a springboard to success, though not all succeed. It's less a comic convention now and more a convention about what would interest comic book fans. A big recurring theme this year was not just the increase in exposure for other meduims, but also the growing influence of the internet on each of them.
In his panel for The Frog Princess and Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo, John Lasseter announced that Disney/Pixar would be releasing exclusive content to their Facebook page with shorts and behind the scenes footage of the animation process.
Huge on YouTube, the comedy group Derrick Comedy was picked up by Roadside Attractions for the feature film Mystery Team. The movie follows the adventures of three bumbling Encyclopedia Brown-type sleuths trying to solve an adult mystery. The group has had several videos go viral in the college circuit, and if the clip shown during the Roadside Attractions panel is any indication, this adventure is definitely not for kids.
People were even using the internet to discuss Comic-Con. The live podcast/get together of fans and top Twilight bloggers discussing the New Moon panel and their Comic-Con experiences is only one such example.
Even family-friendly entertainment made it to Comic-Con. The popular podcast The Radio Adventures of Doctor Floyd did a live podcast on Sunday morning to a delighted audience of kids and adults alike. Able to attract major voice talents like Stan Freberg, Frank Conniff (Mystery Science Theater 3,000), and June Foray (the voice of Rocky in Rocky and Bullwinkle), the radio show is now it talks of being developed into a TV series or movie. Posted 07.28.09 by reelz
John Lasseter, Pixar chief Creative Officer, recently gave a CES audience a sneak peak of Up, the first 3-D project from Pixar out this May. The new clip appears to have been grabbed by a stealth conference audience member, so it has even more added dimension, like people's heads in the way.
It appears the clip takes us a bit further into the film than either of those trailers, which just focus on 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen and his house getting off the ground with the aid of many balloons. In the new clip, Carl and his young companion, Russell, are no longer high up in the sky in the floating house, as they are in the trailers. The duo is on the ground struggling to drag their high-flying house, via a long rope as if it were a kite, through a forest. Young Russell whines about having to go to the bathroom and the music is ominous. We can't wait to see the whole film and see the magic Pixar will work in 3-D. Lasseter is a longtime 3-D freak; reportedly, he even had his wedding pictures done in 3-D, 20 years ago. We're guessing Pixar's technology will be slightly more advanced than those nuptial portraits. Posted 01.21.09 by reelz