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

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Minorities in cartoons: 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

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Car Talk

RIP Tom Magliozzi

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: 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

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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

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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

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