It's been more than a decade since adorable little Boo caused mass blubbering from anyone seeing Monsters, Inc. in theaters, and Disney is aiming to start the waterworks all over again. The 3D re-release of Pixar's fourth feature film is set for this December, and Disney has just released a trailer for the three-dimensionalized Monsters, Inc.
With the original fantasy adventure Brave in the bag, it's time to start getting all lathered up about Pixar's next movie. After sequels like Toy Story 3 and Cars 2, this next movie changes it up a bit, as Monsters University is a prequel to 2001's much-loved Monsters, Inc. We've had a pretty good notion of just what the prequel's story will entail, but Billy Crystal has offered up a few plot details.
Disney has dropped the first clip from the next Toy Story Toon short film, Partysaurus Rex. If you can find me someone whose day won't be brightened by a return to the bright and bubbly world of Toy Story, particularly with a character as purely endearing as Rex the insecure dinosaur toy, then I'll find you someone with a cold storage shed where their heart should be.
Perhaps if audiences had known that we'd be still be seeing the Toy Story gang in regular bite-sized installments through the ongoing Toy Story Toons, there would have been les embarrassing, raw sobbing at the conclusion of Toy Story 3. Now we know that Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang weren't incinerated, though, and can count on new Toy Story Toons to sate our need for sentient playthings.
With no evidence to suggest otherwise, the assumption has been that Disney's live-action Magic Kingdom has been dead in the water for some time now. Director/actor/all-around nice guy Jon Favreau has provided an update on the project, saying that he's not only taking his time to ensure that the Magic Kingdom story is up to snuff, but also that the brain trust at Pixar Animation Studios have been helping to nail down the narrative.
Wow. Some light rumors have suggested for a little while that Pixar and Disney might be giving thought to a Finding Nemo sequel. It looks like not only will Pixar be undertaking a follow-up to the 2003 film, a major turning point in the animation studio's artistic development, but they'll be doing so under the watchful eye of Andrew Stanton, the first movie's co-director and a member of the Pixar brain trust.
Since 2002, when Spider-Man became a commercial juggernaut, there's been a tacit understanding between audiences and studios that summer is the season of superheroes. This particular swampass summer, when everyone is especially desperate to sit in an air-conditioned room for a few hours, feels like a shift in our superhero tastes, with Marvel's ensemble The Avengers bringing together franchises and The Dark Knight Rises closing out a series. Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man, meanwhile, is looking to prove that a hero's appeal can overcome a general sense of a "too soon" reboot.
There's an alternate universe where G.I. Joe: Retaliation actually opened this weekend rather than being delayed to March of next year. That's a reality we cannot properly ponder, because here in our timeline, the G.I. Joe sequel was kicked to the 2013 and instead, we got a weekend that defied the conventional wisdom of summer movie blockbusters. In lieu of a Hasbro movie in which Dwayne Johnson kicked asses, two R-rated movies, Ted and Magic Mike, topped the box office. Yeah, in the middle of summer, movies about a swearing teddy bear and male strippers outpaced the competition.
So far this year we've learned that if you want to make a big hit movie, you gotta do two things. The first is make a good movie. The second is include some archery in your good movie. Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of The Hunger Games, wielded a bow, as did Hawkeye in The Avengers. Now, the latest from Pixar, Brave, stars a medieval Scottish archer, and the movie has debuted in first place, while the ac-twirling American president in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, opened less impressively in third place.
Opening in theaters on June 22nd is a new 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures called Brave. The movie was directed by Mark Andrews (John Carter) and Brenda Chapman (The Prince of Egypt), and features the voice-acting of Kelly Macdonald (No Country for Old Men), Julie Walters (Gnomeo and Juliet), Billy Connolly (The X-Files: I Want to Believe), Emma Thompson (Men in Black 3), Kevin McKidd (Bunraku), Craig Ferguson (How to Train Your Dragon), Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2), and John Ratzenberger (Cars 2).
IAR's managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with director Mark Andrews, and producer Catherine Sarafian to talk about their work on Brave. The filmmakers discussed the project's two specific tones, whether it is a Pixar film or a Disney movie, the importance of casting real Scottish actors, and Andrews' own kilt.