New trailer for Pixar’s “Inside Out”

A new trailer’s been released earlier today for the upcoming Pixar movie “Inside Out.” It gives more of a feel for the film’s “world,” aka the inside of a middle school student’s head. The film looks pretty good so far. Apparently the family (or at least the father) is a hockey fan. Nice joke about San Francisco/west … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Frozone

Frozone

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Frozone, a character from the 2004 Pixar movie “The Incredibles.” Frozone (real name: Lucius Best) is a superhero with ice-themed powers, similar to those of his corporate cousins Elsa (of Disney’s “Frozen”) or Iceman (of Marvel’s X-Men). As such, Frozone used his abilities to fight crime, until a … Read more

RIP Tom Magliozzi

Car Talk

News came earlier today that Tom Magliozzi, one-half of the “Click and Clack” brother hosts of NPR’s auto repair show “Car Talk,” has passed away at age 77: http://www.npr.org/2014/11/03/357428287/tom-magliozzi-popular-co-host-of-nprs-car-talk-dies-at-77 While the brothers retired from their radio show in 2012, it’s been airing in reruns on weekends (usually Saturday morning around here) ever since. Besides the … Read more

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 … Read more

“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 … Read more

“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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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

Russell

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 … Read more

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 … Read more