Indiewire’s Bill Desowitz has a great interview with “Finding Dory” writer/director Andrew Stanton. “Finding Nemo” is my favorite Pixar film, so perfect it was hard to imagine a sequel. So it was reassuring to hear that director Andrew Stanton felt […]
“Finding Dory” writer/director Andrew Staunton says that we’ve been missing the ultimate Pixar secret hiding in every one of their movies.
The best part of “The Good Dinosaur” is the short film that comes before, “Sanjay’s Super Team.” The Pixar short films are gems but this one is really special. It is the first to feature non-white characters, the first to […]
“The Good Dinosaur” is the good movie. Not the great movie. Not the especially memorable movie. Just the perfectly nice and pleasant movie, much stronger in visual splendor than in storyline. Delayed for 18 months as Disney replaced the original […]
Pixar’s 21-minute “Toy Story of Terror,” made for television, is available on DVD and Blu-Ray and is a perfect Halloween treat for the whole family. The toys live with Bonnie now, and she and her mother are on a road […]
Ever wonder why Pixar’s movies always begin with a desk lamp? Watch Pixar’s first computer-animated short, released 29 years ago today.
“Inside Out” is not just one of the best movies of the year (animated and live action). It is also one of the most psychologically profound and astute films about emotions and the mind ever made. It set the all-time […]
Coming in summer 2016 from Pixar.
Roger Ebert liked to refer to movies as an “empathy machine.” He said that the great gift of movies, more than any other art form, is the way they can put us inside the world, experiences, culture, and perspective of […]
In this clip, we meet two of the emotions living inside toddler-age Riley: Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black). I love the way emotions thought of as negative are shown here to play an essential and even constructive role.
My friend Susan Wloszczyna interviewed “Inside Out’s” co-writer/director Pete Docter for IndieWire. The film takes place primarily inside the mind and emotions of an 11-year-old girl who has just moved to a new home and a new city with her […]
The movies have included some memorable snowmen. Here are some of my favorites. The Snowman This exquisite wordless story about a boy and a snowman is bittersweet (their time together is limited) but exhilarating. Frozen Olaf is the most adorable […]
Happy 2015! Some of the most highly anticipated films we expect this year are sequels. We’re going to get the rebooted “Star Wars” called “The Force Awakens,” with original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, as well as […]
Remember the old scary movie line, “The call is coming from inside the house?” There’s nothing more terrifying than discovering that a place or a person you were certain was safe has all of a sudden become completely unpredictable and […]
Disney has announced “Toy Story 4,” coming from Pixar in 2017, to be directed by John Lasseter. Hurray for Pixar, and for Buzz and Woody! I’ll provide more details as they are announced.
Watch how Pixar uses the colors of the rainbow to create a mood, tell a story, and delight the eye.
Great news about three upcoming projects! * Pixar has announced that its summer 2015 release will be “Inside Out,” which takes place inside the mind of an 11 year old girl. Her emotions will be the characters: Anger (Lewis Black), Sadness […]
“Your voice is worthwhile. Have faith in it.”
Two of the deleted scenes:
Pixar’s first ever television special has the “Toy Story” characters (including “Toy Story 3’s” master thespian Mr. Pricklepants, voiced by Timothy Dalton) in a story filled with funny scares and scary fun. Tonight on ABC 8PM (7 Central)
“Monsters Inc.” is one of my favorite Pixar movies, filled with wit, imagination, and heart. This prequel is a lot of fun, still very funny and wildly imaginative, but a little hollow where the heart should be. One problem Pixar […]
In theaters for the 4th of July!
Let the Scare Games begin!
This summer’s Pixar release, Planes,is an airplane saga “inspired by the world of ‘Cars,’” with Dane Cook as Dusty, a plane who dreams of competing in a big air race. It will star: · Stacy Keach (“The Bourne Legacy,” Alexander […]
Pixar has created a wonderfully entertaining new website for “Monsters University,” its upcoming prequel to “Monsters, Inc.” It’s set up just like a real university website, with information about how to apply and a “student-produced” recruitment video.
According to this movie by the “Toy Story” folks at Pixar, that monsters are more afraid of children than children are of monsters. But monsters need to collect the screams of children to fuel their world, and children are getting […]
Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” returns to theaters this week in 3D.
“Finding Nemo” is an ideal choice for a 3D re-release. Its Pacific Ocean setting is majestic, immersive, not intrusive, in evoking the vast sweep of the water and bringing us into the world of the tiny fish characters. Digital and […]
All movie fans and aspiring writers should be familiar with Pixar’s rules of story-telling, and Slackstory has delightfully illustrated twelve of them with Legos.
Fans of Disney•Pixar’s feature films love to scour the screen in search of the Hidden Gems the filmmakers sneak into each film: Wall•E’s explorations uncover a Mike Wazowski antenna ball, paying homage to ,Monsters, Inc., and in Up, the classic Luxo […]
“Brave” is not just one of the best movies of the year for any age; it is one of the best movies ever made from a female point of view. It has been a long time coming. Pixar’s unprecedented series […]
I love Pixar’s new movie, “Brave,” and it was a thrill to be able to talk to the producer, Katherine Sarafian, who told me what she learned from her trip to Scotland, what it meant to have a female lead […]
Before they went to work for Monsters, Inc., Sully (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) had to go to college to learn how to be scary. Next summer’s release from Pixar is “Monster University,” which shows us what their school […]
“Brave” opens on June 22.
Four popular Disney•Pixar movies are returning exclusively to AMC Theatres for the Memorial Day holiday weekend to provide a perfect alternative for families in the midst of PG-13 summer movie season. From May 25 through May 28, “Toy Story 3,” […]
I love this adorable faux ad for a bagpipe collection! They sure know how to have fun at Pixar.
A new clip from one of the movies I am most looking forward to, Pixar’s “Brave.”
Pixar usually hits the G-rating sweet spot but for this year’s highly anticipated “Brave,” the first Pixar film to feature a female lead, they have received a PG rating from the MPAA, for “some scary action and rude humor.” The […]
“Brave” is Pixar’s first film with a female lead character. She is a medieval Scottish princess named Meridia, with the voice of Kelly Macdonald of “Boardwalk Empire” and “No Country for Old Men.” The current issue of Time has a […]
Pete Docter is the guy behind some of Pixar’s best films. He wrote and directed “Up” and “Monsters, Inc.” and provided the story for “Wall•E.” Any time there’s an announcement about a new Docter project it is exciting but this […]
I like President Obama’s observation on the passing of Steve Jobs: “The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a […]
The success of “Lion King 3D” has led Disney/Pixar to move forward with theatrical 3D releases for some of its other family favorites. Look for Beauty and the Beast in 3D, finally, in theaters January 13th, 2012. My favorite Pixar […]
A panel at Disney’s D23 Expo 2011 has revealed some tantalizing details on two upcoming Pixar projects. My friend Brendan Connelly at Cinema Blend reports that The first announced feature, currently operating under the tongue-in-cheek title ofThe Untitled Pixar Movie About […]
Pixar has made another enchanting film, witty, touching, and utterly delightful. It is “Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation,” a brief opener followed by the less delightful “Cars 2.” In “Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation,” Ken and Barbie are disappointed at being left […]
It took 2000 hours and almost a quarter million bricks!
The New York Times has a rare behind the scenes look at Pixar:
I have one copy of this gorgeous book about the artwork behind “Toy Story 3″ for some lucky teacher. Little kids will enjoy seeing pictures of their favorite characters, older kids will appreciate the behind-the-scenes information and everyone will learn […]
You won’t just forget you are watching an animated movie; you will forget you are watching a movie. That is how completely we enter this wonderful world, and how reluctantly we leave it. “Toy Story 3″ has more honest, acutely […]
Disney generously shared this interview with Tom Hanks, who plays my favorite “Toy Story 3″ character, Woody. It comes out next week on DVD and Blu-Ray with wonderful extras including the fabulous short “Day & Night” and behind-the scenes interviews […]
Pixar began with short films and it still prefaces each of its features with a short that gives them a chance to try something or someone new. That’s the best place to see the up and coming talent who will […]
The “Toy Story” movie characters have a warm, retro feel. For parents and grandparents, one of the many pleasures of the movies is the evocative memory they bring back of the beloved toys of our own childhoods. Woody, Jessie, and […]
Can it really be only 15 years since Pixar first introduced us to Woody and Buzz Lightyear and the world of computer animation? The 1995 release of Toy Story didn’t seem revolutionary at the time. But its impact on not […]
Celebrate the release of “Toy Story 3″ with another look at the original — Pixar’s first feature release was the first theatrical released animated entirely by computer. It is now available in a pristine Blu-Ray version that pops off the […]
Actress Glenn Close interviewed writer/director/voice actor Bob Peterson of Pixar about “Up” and especially about dogs, the dogs in his life and the dogs on screen. Peterson provided the voice for the adorable Dug, one of the most popular characters […]
It was a thrill to get a chance to talk to Ed Asner — best known as Lou Grant on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spin-off and having a very big year as the voice star of one […]
“Monsters Inc” is one of my favorite Pixar movies. Like “Sesame Street,” it makes monsters silly and fun, teaching children that some things we think are scary are not and that we are stronger and braver than we know. It’s […]
Look for these hidden goodies in this week’s release of the Pixar movie “Up,” the story of an amazing adventure that begins with a house lifted aloft by balloons. How many can you find? In the sequence where Carl’s house […]
Pixar movies are beautiful to look at, but what takes your breath away is the story. They don’t rely on fairy tales or best-selling books with pre-sold stories and characters we are already attached to. And, as if challenging themselves […]
Pixar is the most successful movie studio in history, with every one of its 10 films a critical and box office success. But not one of those ten films has featured a female lead. There have been memorable girls and […]
After ten blockbuster movies that transformed the world of animation, Pixar has announced its first live action film, based on the outer-space series by “Tarzan” author Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Adventures of John Carter on Mars. It will star Taylor […]
Pixar is the must successful studio in movie history, with every single one of its releases earning over $100 million. Even more impressive, every one of them is entirely original, not based on a book or classic fairy tale. I […]
The first thing I saw when I walked into the room was — of course — a bunch of beautiful helium balloons. And then I saw Pete Docter, the lanky and affable director of Pixar’s new film, “Up,” about an […]
Howie Weed of the industry newsletter “Worth a Mention” has some news very much worth a mention indeed. He reports that “‘Toy Story 3′ is definitely on its way (This eagerly awaited sequel will roll into theaters on June 10, […]
700 years after the last humans left the planet they had made uninhabitable through environmental degradation, one small robot is still continuing to crunch the mountains of trash. He is a Waste Allocation Load-Lifter Earth-Class, or Wall•E. His eyes are […]
Now that Wall?E is being released on DVD and you can hit the “pause” button, here are some things to look for:
The chattering classes are already going after that sweet little robot Wall?E. Some on the right accused the film of being leftist propaganda because of its environmental message. As the New York Times points out: Blogland moves at the speed […]
Slashdot has identified some of the hidden Pixar in-jokes and Apple references in Wall?E. Be sure to read the comments for many more. The New York Times also has some info on the involvement of Apple industrial designer Johnny Ive […]
The most successful movie studio in Hollywood history is Pixar, which created the first computer-animated feature film, Toy Story. Every one of their films has not only made money, but every one has made over $100 million. What is even […]
Gift ideas for the whole family: For the preschooler-2nd grader Scholastic’s Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics is my very favorite DVD series ever for 3-8 year olds, with the very best in children’s books. The visuals, narration, and musical accompaniment […]
Pixar Studios may have the most advanced animation technology in the world, but they never forget what matters most in a movie: story, characters, imagination, and heart. “Finding Nemo” has it all. It is an epic journey filled with adventure […]