Opening in theaters on September 14th is the classic Pixar film Finding Nemo, which is now being re-released in 3D. The movie was directed by Andrew Stanton (John Carter) and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and boasts an amazing cast of voice actors that includes Albert Brooks (Drive), Ellen DeGeneres (The Love Letter), Alexander Gould (How to Eat Fried Worms), Willem Dafoe (The Hunter), Brad Garrett (Tangled), Allison Janney (The Help), Austin Pendleton (The Muppet Movie), Stephen Root (Rango), Geoffrey Rush (Green Lantern), Eric Bana (Hulk), and John Ratzenberger (Brave).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of traveling to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco to speak with co-director Lee Unkrich, as well as Pixar's Stereoscopic Supervisor Bob Whitehill, and director of 3D production Josh Hollander about Finding Nemo 3D. The filmmakers discussed the movie, its cultural impact, Brooks and DeGeneres' amazing voice performances, why the film was right for a 3D update, the process of actually converting it to the new format, and Pixar's chief creative officer John Lasseter's obsession with 3D.
Synopsis: Pixar's underwater adventure gets a 3D re-release. When his young son is abducted by a scuba diver, protective clown fish Marlin teams up with amnesiac Dottie in order to cross the seas and find Nemo with only one clue: P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney.
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.