Tag Archives: Pixar

We’re getting “The Incredibles 2″…and “Cars 3″

News came earlier this week that we’ll be seeing sequels to two of Pixar’s most successful films, “Cars” and “The Incredibles.” Yes, there’ll finally be an “Incredibles 2,” as the Pixar sequel fans have most desired, save maybe the hype around “Toy Story 2.” Meanwhile, “Cars 3″ is certainly the least desired Pixar sequel, ignoring non-Pixar made spinoff “Planes,” as well as the “Planes” follow-up due for theaters this summer. In spite of many adult fans’ views of “Cars 2,” the “Cars” films are popular…

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“Finding Nemo” sequel “Finding Dory” to be released in November 2015

It was announced earlier today that we’ll be getting yet another Pixar movie sequel, this one to their 2003 hit “Finding Nemo.” Titled “Finding Dory,” the film will focus on Dory, the absent-minded blue fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres. The sequel’s expected to be released at Thanksgiving in 2015. More details here: The Mary Sue on “Finding Dory” While I enjoyed “Finding Nemo,” I wondered (as did Ellen, with her amusing “Toy Story 16″ crack) why a sequel to “Nemo” didn’t come sooner. “Nemo” is…

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“Brave,” “Paperman” win the 2013 animation Oscars

A bit late, but thought I’d note that this year’s Academy Award animation winners are: Animated Feature Film: “Brave” by Pixar. Animated Short Film: “Paperman” by Disney. Looks like I guessed right (as vague as my guesses were), and it’s a sweep for Disney this year. This year also marks a strong showing for women in animation, between “Brave” being Pixar’s first film with a female lead and “Paperman” produced by a woman named Kristina Reed. The low point of the evening, of course, was…

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The 2013 Oscar animation nominations

This year’s Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday. For animation, the nominees (and my guesses who’ll win) are below: Animated Feature Film Brave Frankenweenie ParaNorman The Pirates! Band of Misfits Wreck-It Ralph Will win: A tough one. I’ll go with “Brave” (it’s Pixar), “Ralph” (it’s Pixar-like), or “Frankenweenie” (by a well-known-to-Hollywood-types live-action director). Going against my choices: “Brave” stars female protagonists (Hollywood sexism), “Ralph” is about video games (too low brow and/or the “competition” media-wise to movies), and “Frankenweenie” might be too odd for Hollywood,…

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The best and worst of 2012 in animation

Next on the “best and worst of 2012″ rundown is animation. Best Pixar’s “Brave” and Disney-proper’s “Wreck-It Ralph” were both enjoyable films. Oddly, “Brave” felt more like a Disney film, while “Ralph” felt like a Pixar one. Seth MacFarlane’s take on “The Flintstones” is apparently dead in the water. Thank goodness. The last thing I need is to see the “modern Stone Age family” have pointless flashbacks once every 3.7 seconds, among other “Family Guy”-isms. “Total Drama: Revenge of the Island” was amusing this season,…

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Minorities in comics and animation: Russell (“Up”)

Thought I’d make this week’s entry a Pixar-related one, in light of the passing of Steve Jobs. Besides Apple, Jobs also headed Pixar during its 90s rise to fame; thanks to “Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo,” and a spate of other films, Pixar has become a powerhouse in animation, not to mention spawning many imitators. On the down side, theatrical animation in the US, thanks to other studios trying badly to ape Pixar’s success, is now near-exclusively CGI-based. TV animation, when not cutting corners by using…

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RIP Steve Jobs

Earlier tonight, I heard the news that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has passed away at the age of 56. I don’t have much more to say about Steve Jobs that I didn’t already say with my previous post on his retirement barely over a month ago. All I can say is that the technology world (through Apple), the animation world (through Pixar), and the world at large has been greatly improved by Jobs’ contributions. I wish his family well.

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Tech thoughts: Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple

I know I’m late with this week’s “tech thoughts” entry, but I couldn’t pass on not remarking on last week’s biggest tech news story (and the biggest one in quite awhile)… Steve Jobs returning to Apple in the late 90s marked quite the turnaround for the company. While I was a faithful Apple user during their “darker period” (the mid 90s), it was often the butt of many jokes in the media (such as on “The Simpsons”) or by other technology users (the eternal “Mac…

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Pixar on stamps in 2011 (plus all US stamps to become “forever stamps”)

Some of Pixar’s characters will become United States Postal Service stamps in 2011. Here’s what they’ll look like: Yes, they’re all from recent Pixar films, versus what’s considered the most popular ones, given the glaring omission of “Finding Nemo” and “The Incredibles” (though I’d prefer “Monsters, Inc.” over “Nemo”). Still, they all look quite nice. And yes, that’s a “Forever” price on those stamps. Starting in January 2011, all USPS stamps will be “forever” stamps, or stamps with no specific postage price marked and thus…

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