Next batch of Pixar films after the Monsters Inc. prequel

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Number None, Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

I've always wanted more inventive animation from inside our bodies after this

abcfsk, Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

gonna be a sad day when they give that second one an actual name

balls, Sunday, 29 April 2012 19:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

I can only hope the Dia De Los Muertos movie is inspired by Grim Fandango

Nhex, Sunday, 29 April 2012 19:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

but Grim Fandango is perfect as is

Number None, Sunday, 29 April 2012 19:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

John Lasseter has said that the story “takes place inside of a girl’s mind and it is about her emotions as characters, and that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.”

actually sounds like cranium command from epcot tbh

JIM THOMETHEUS (zachlyon), Sunday, 29 April 2012 19:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Apparently Henry Selick is working on a Pixar project as well?

Simon H., Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I'm all about that, whatever it turns out to be.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 29 April 2012 21:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's for Disney, technically

Number None, Sunday, 29 April 2012 21:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Monsters University was thoroughly enjoyable, as good as the first one.

In bad news, I had to sit through another preview of Planes, Disney's Cars spin off. Horrible. but the Disney cartoon before hand (the Blue Umbrella) was sweet.

akm, Monday, 1 July 2013 17:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

monsters university was the first movie i took my daughter to, she really liked it and sat through it all and only got antsy at the very end.

hello :) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 31 July 2013 16:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 2 October 2014 18:11 (9 months ago) Permalink

THE UNTITLED PIXAR MOVIE THAT TAKES YOU INSIDE THE MIND

how's life, Thursday, 2 October 2014 18:18 (9 months ago) Permalink

Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith)

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 2 October 2014 18:19 (9 months ago) Permalink

I don't think I have time for this tbh. Really hope they manage to pull the dinosaur movie back together.

how's life, Thursday, 2 October 2014 18:19 (9 months ago) Permalink

Damn, if it was a little boy we could call it HERMAN RISING.

da croupier, Thursday, 2 October 2014 18:20 (9 months ago) Permalink

are they still doing a day of the dead movie now that Book of Life got a jump on them?

akm, Thursday, 2 October 2014 18:37 (9 months ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

Barely gave that a skim, because I want to be surprised, but weird that they let that review out so early. Or not, given that Pixar has been so shaky lately.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 18 May 2015 14:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

I don't think I have time for this tbh. Really hope they manage to pull the dinosaur movie back together.

― how's life, Thursday, October 2, 2014 2:19 PM (8 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Eating my words. This was great. Cried a bunch, and I was not alone in that. Loads of laughs too. Very engaging; the first movie that my youngest kid has sat through without a bathroom break.

I still agree with myself that the idea looks dumb. My family had to pretty much drag me in there. The opening short "Lava" was stultifying.

how's life, Sunday, 21 June 2015 00:35 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

The preview just looks SO bad and explicitly sexist. Can you convince me a little?

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 21 June 2015 05:32 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

The preview bit with the mother and father (that also really turned me off) is not indicative of 95% of the film. I really liked it. Though I wouldn't put it up there with their absolute best material, I still cried like a goddamn baby at a certain point, so I have to say it's very good.

Nhex, Sunday, 21 June 2015 05:37 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I went back and re-watched all of the trailers right now and they still don't make it look like something I'd want to go see, even though I've seen it and loved it. The movie has a pretty complicated world and the trailers spend more time trying to explain and make sense of it than making it look appealing.

how's life, Sunday, 21 June 2015 09:59 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

this is going to be our first cinema trip since having the baby

kinder, Sunday, 21 June 2015 12:38 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

There are no bears in San Francisco.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 21 June 2015 12:40 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

NYTimes stinger:

“Inside Out” is rated PG (Parental guidance suggested). Young children may be mildly alarmed in places, especially at the sight of their parents weeping through the last 20 minutes.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 21 June 2015 13:06 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

doyy

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Sunday, 21 June 2015 13:50 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

there's no ilx presence at all for big hero 6, how odd

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Sunday, 21 June 2015 13:50 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I thought it was pretty underwhelming, though it looked great.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 21 June 2015 14:10 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

The short film before the main feature was treacle worthy of enhanced interrogation technique; it looked great though. As for IO, it was rare for a movie -- any movie -- to suggest that happiness and sadness are essential components for a full life.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 21 June 2015 14:32 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Man, some friends on Facebook yesterday were saying Lava was alright, but then others shared opinions more in line with this thread. It was then that I realized the people who liked it were those with kids who have to watch Dora the Explorer every day.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 21 June 2015 14:35 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

It's the sub-Stephen Merritt ukelele strummer that wrecks the thing. Like I said, conceptually and visually it's a coup.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 21 June 2015 14:36 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

NYTimes stinger: _“Inside Out” is rated PG (Parental guidance suggested). Young children may be mildly alarmed in places, especially at the sight of their parents weeping through the last 20 minutes._

--Josh in Chicago

Completely accurate.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Sunday, 21 June 2015 14:53 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Only redeeming quality for me was that the islands were ostensibly Hawaiians and were portrayed by Hawaiian voice actors. I'd bet that Kuana Torres Kahele did his own strumming, sub-Stephen Merritt or no.

Interesting that Disney's used Hawaii as a setting before and is apparently doing Hawaii again in the very near future.

how's life, Sunday, 21 June 2015 14:58 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

LOVED this

wisdom be leakin out my louche douche truths (k3vin k.), Sunday, 21 June 2015 14:59 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Movie was great (my son I think liked it a touch less than his parent's did).

LAVA song totally infectious schmaltz.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Sunday, 21 June 2015 15:58 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

So excited to see this with my girls when the older one comes back from camp.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 21 June 2015 16:04 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Get ready for the tears

Nhex, Sunday, 21 June 2015 16:32 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

there's no ilx presence at all for big hero 6, how odd
we talked about it a bunch on another Disney thread, can't remember which one though

Nhex, Sunday, 21 June 2015 16:33 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

big hero 6 was okay, just a bit over calculated

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 21 June 2015 17:34 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

AiSF otm about the lava song

wisdom be leakin out my louche douche truths (k3vin k.), Sunday, 21 June 2015 18:14 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

BIG HERO 6 was a big hit with my kid and while it's imminently watchable for adults, I do agree that it's extremely lightweight. Pixar is so far ahead of what anyone else is doing (while okay except for the Fantastic Mr Fox) it's almost unfair to compare.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Sunday, 21 June 2015 23:18 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i will likely now see this movie due solely to this thread so score one for you
preview is just so so bad

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 21 June 2015 23:34 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

there's no ilx presence at all for big hero 6, how odd

― ♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Sunday, 21 June 2015 13:50 (9 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I thought it was pretty underwhelming, though it looked great.

― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 21 June 2015 14:10 (9 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah. also didn't follow through on any of the flagged endings afaicr

gristly adams (darraghmac), Sunday, 21 June 2015 23:41 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Lava short reminded me of a Pixar parody concept a friend had -- its exact inverse -- about a lonely man living in his Igloo, until one day he chips enough ice away to see that there's a more competent girl in an Igloo next door. And he wants to join their Igloos.

Cunga, Monday, 22 June 2015 01:13 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

this was so good

tender is the late-night daypart (schlump), Monday, 22 June 2015 02:25 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Amazing movie. Pop Culture Happy Hour folks pointed out that it's a movie with no villain, which is unique, especially for a movie for kids. I cried through much of it - probably the most draining movie I've ever seen (but i only recently became a total softie).

OTOH, Lava was lame. Usually they showcase some new animation trick with their shorts, but I didn't see anything like that. And the song and "story" were completely flimsy.

schwantz, Monday, 22 June 2015 03:08 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

And the kids loved it too! I think the name/marketing campaign really blew it for this movie.

schwantz, Monday, 22 June 2015 03:10 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah the marketing on this has been terrible but imo it's the strongest complete Pixar offering since ratatouille. The gender stereotype stuff falls with a wet splat and there's some meandering in the second act but tremendous performances and the emotional beats are all direct hits. Not a dry eye in the house by the end and it's well earned.

resulting post (rogermexico.), Monday, 22 June 2015 03:50 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Pop Culture Happy Hour folks pointed out that it's a movie with no villain, which is unique, especially for a movie for kids.
unless you count the inevitable disappointment of life, which is another truthful accuracy this movie should be applauded for

Nhex, Monday, 22 June 2015 04:53 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Liking anything more than Spirited Away is fucking insanity.

Norse Jung (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 04:47 (5 days ago) Permalink

spirited away has never been my favorite miyazaki film lol

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 04:57 (5 days ago) Permalink

kiki > mononoke > totoro > spirited away > ponyo > howls

otm except i don't rate howls

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 04:57 (5 days ago) Permalink

you can't put totoro at the bottom of a spectrum

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 04:57 (5 days ago) Permalink

It's infantile and cloying.

Norse Jung (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 05:00 (5 days ago) Permalink

Eat shit and die.

Norse Jung (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 05:21 (5 days ago) Permalink

that's the ghibli spirit!

wizzz! (amateurist), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 17:07 (5 days ago) Permalink

I haven't seen any of the Pixars since Toy Story 3 and was kinda thinking that I was over them, but this was wonderful. The mixed genders of the emotions in Riley's head (as opposed to the uniform gender representation in the adults) struck me too; the subtle suggestion that we only take on firm gender identities while in the process of growing up is typical of Pixar at their brilliantly subversive peak (see also, the critique of the "graduation" in The Incredibles). I teared up a good four or five times, which isn't something I normally do--I'm thinking the combination getting married yesterday and my accompanying some children to the movie (it was my friend's three-year-old's first time seeing a film in the theater) had me in an unusually (and appropriately!) vulnerable emotional state. I suppose that I could share the above gripe about the so-typically-Pixar move of overdoing the peril, but I also credit the film for its constant invention--the film never coasts on its premise, but rather keeps finding new ways to explore it (the "abstract thought" scene...wow).

Beyond that, I laughed, partially in amazement, at the joke about bears in San Francisco, and groaned at the Chinatown reference while at the same time being somewhat impressed that a children's film in 2015 even bothered making a reference to Chinatown. And I loved the fact that I was watching what is essentially a family version of a Charlie Kaufmann script.

Lava looked pretty, but I may have been a bit more susceptible to its brand of corniness had the song not reminded me cringingly of Jack Johnson (the beach-bummmy singer/songwriter, not the guy Miles Davis wrote the one album about).

The New Gay Sadness (cryptosicko), Thursday, 2 July 2015 00:36 (4 days ago) Permalink

the song reminded me of "Hey Soul Sister."

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 July 2015 00:38 (4 days ago) Permalink

Song reminded me, musically and thematically, of Josh Ritter's "The Curse."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 2 July 2015 02:03 (4 days ago) Permalink

(see also, the critique of the "graduation" in The Incredibles)
oh god no RUN AWAY

Nhex, Thursday, 2 July 2015 03:05 (4 days ago) Permalink

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 2 July 2015 05:28 (4 days ago) Permalink

(xpost)

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 2 July 2015 05:29 (4 days ago) Permalink

been reading some interviews with the songwriter/director of Lava (who - not coincidentally - happens to be the president of Pixar), trying to figure out if he wrote the shitty song first and then decided to make a video for it, or decided to make a video and wrote a shitty song for it.

answer:

http://khon2.com/2014/11/03/5-questions-with-disneypixars-lava-director-james-ford-murphy/

I’ll never forget the first time I heard Israel Kamakawiwoole sing “Over the Rainbow.” It was on an episode of “ER” that I was watching with my wife. I immediately recognized this song from one of my favorite films, “The Wizard of Oz,” but when I heard Iz’s version, I was reminded of the love affair I have with Hawaii and it instantly reignited the powerful connection I feel for the love I shared with my wife there in 1989.

So when it came time for me to develop short film ideas I thought to myself, what if I could write a song that makes me feel the way that song does, and combine it with the love, admiration and powerful connect I feel to the Hawaiian islands.

da croupier, Thursday, 2 July 2015 05:53 (4 days ago) Permalink

dude spends like four years on this thing with an amazing team of animators and apparently never once thinks he should maybe bring in someone to help with the SONG

da croupier, Thursday, 2 July 2015 05:55 (4 days ago) Permalink

After LAVA was green-lit for production, for one year all I did was listen to Hawaiian music as I searched for the perfect Hawaiian singers for LAVA. Not only did I become a connoisseur of Hawaiian music, I also learned about the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and festival. As soon as I found out about this festival, I immediately convinced our producer Andrea Warren that we had to go because all of the musicians I was interested in were going to be there, and this would be our opportunity to see, hear and meet who we wanted to work with on LAVA.

...We also hope that in some small way, our film can help expose more people to the incredible musical treasure trove that is Hawaiian music.

whhhyyy couldn't he have outsourced the songwriting though, whyyyy

da croupier, Thursday, 2 July 2015 05:57 (4 days ago) Permalink

that song is to hawaiian music what this song is to japanese music

except, you know, less good

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 2 July 2015 06:07 (4 days ago) Permalink

I’ll never forget the first time I heard Israel Kamakawiwoole sing “Over the Rainbow.” It was on an episode of “ER” that I was watching with my wife. I immediately recognized this song from one of my favorite films, “The Wizard of Oz,” but when I heard Iz’s version, I was reminded of the love affair I have with Hawaii and it instantly reignited the powerful connection I feel for the love I shared with my wife there in 1989.

song is the rotten fruit of a mauna kea beach wedding

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 2 July 2015 09:48 (4 days ago) Permalink

iz's music is often beautiful, no idea why they didn't just license one of his tracks

also very disappointed none of you watched kittenbus

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 2 July 2015 15:38 (4 days ago) Permalink

wait, was there actually a link to watch the video? i didn't see it

Nhex, Thursday, 2 July 2015 15:40 (4 days ago) Permalink

ahem

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 2 July 2015 15:44 (4 days ago) Permalink

i've warmed to totoro in recent viewings but Eric is right, it's vastly overrated - infantile, cloying and a little bit boring/uneventful? the totoro themselves don't seem to have any impact on the main plotline.

Whereas Howls is very underrated.

And Kiki's is just so great. I prefer the sentiment a whole lot more than Totoro.

cod latin (dog latin), Thursday, 2 July 2015 15:59 (4 days ago) Permalink

totoro is about coming to terms with having a new sibling, fears of losing your mother, sitting on the cusp of childhood and losing the hallucinatory magic of young wonder
kiki is about transitioning into young womanhood, new responsibilities and puberty
i've always seen them as part of a continuum.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 2 July 2015 16:02 (4 days ago) Permalink

Howl is justly rated. I was going to say that Ponyo is underrated but honestly have no clue what the ILX hivemind thinks of it or how regular people rate it in the Ghibli canon.

:wq (Leee), Thursday, 2 July 2015 17:27 (4 days ago) Permalink

a little bit boring/uneventful? the totoro themselves don't seem to have any impact on the main plotline.

as a kid i watched totoro over and over and over but i made up an alternate plot, more elaborate on each pass, where mei was a secret agent sent to assassinate her mother who was also a secret agent

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 2 July 2015 17:40 (4 days ago) Permalink

anyway sorry still not over i heard that iz song on e.r. and i run an animation studio so i thought why not pay powerful homage to the time i fucked in a hotel

A free screening will be held this Friday, Nov. 7, at the IBM Building Courtyard in Ward Village.

i was in this building the other day looking at the gorgeous scale model of the highrise development that's replacing the old international marketplace and i'm glad they have something to play now in the attached lava-furnished cinema besides the endless loop of a 5-minute video where construction executives compete to see who can most frequently remind you "o'ahu" means "the gathering place"

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 2 July 2015 17:57 (4 days ago) Permalink

some lovely stuff in ponyo, especially when the town floods: the tethered boats floating above the houses like balloons; the kids rowing through the canopy. great eerie kid-adventure stuff. only saw it once but remember being less into the magic liam neeson plot or the mechanics of ponyo's origin and peril. definitely lower-tier but when i saw it a little kid behind me stood up after the lights came up and announced "miyazaki never disappoints!" so it is hard for me to criticize.

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 2 July 2015 18:05 (4 days ago) Permalink

infantile, cloying and a little bit boring/uneventful?

i love the quasi-stasis of much of "totoro"!

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 2 July 2015 18:10 (4 days ago) Permalink

Ponyo was his first genuine crossover right? That's the one my cousin's kids watch on road trips. They know every line. And they are not an art house family.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 July 2015 18:30 (4 days ago) Permalink

I always thought Totoro was the early crossover, at least in that I've seen the most Totoro figurines, art and stuff toted around by kids. Which is still not much, but the Totoro cat is the only bit of Ghibli iconography I come across with any frequency.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 2 July 2015 18:48 (4 days ago) Permalink

a few of the ghibli films that didn't do big theatrical box office stateside ended up becoming big hits on video over the course of decades, so it's hard to say what was a "crossover"

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 2 July 2015 19:11 (4 days ago) Permalink

ponyo felt pitched at a younger audience than spirited away/howls (and obv than the dismbemberment-heavy mononoke) so it's where i'd expect kids who didn't grow up w totoro/kiki to discover ghibli

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 2 July 2015 19:20 (4 days ago) Permalink

miyazaki was pretty clear that ponyo was designed for younger viewers than the average ghibli film

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 2 July 2015 19:21 (4 days ago) Permalink

Also of course it's a little gross to judge a Japanese filmmaker's "crossover" on whether it does well in the US.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 2 July 2015 19:25 (4 days ago) Permalink

i thought that was the explicit context here though

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 2 July 2015 19:26 (4 days ago) Permalink

I'm surprised nobody's started a studio ghibli thread - sure seems to be enough people interested in the subject.

da croupier, Thursday, 2 July 2015 19:29 (4 days ago) Permalink

there are like ten ghibli threads, no?

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 2 July 2015 19:29 (4 days ago) Permalink

Oh well then you know where to go when you want to rank and debate their movies

da croupier, Thursday, 2 July 2015 19:31 (4 days ago) Permalink

ebert pushed totoro on fox video early in 1993, that's the generally acknowledged first american crossover
http://www.dramafever.com/news/roger-ebert-is-why-you-like-miyazaki/

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 2 July 2015 19:47 (4 days ago) Permalink

didn't realize ponyo had a following at all; I wasn't thrilled with it, don't remember it getting very good reception either.

akm, Thursday, 2 July 2015 23:27 (4 days ago) Permalink

i loved Ponyo, but also surprised that so many here did see it - it didn't have a huge theatrical showing in the states IIRC

Nhex, Friday, 3 July 2015 00:41 (3 days ago) Permalink

it seemed to get about as broad distribution as any ghibli film has gotten in the US

wizzz! (amateurist), Friday, 3 July 2015 01:12 (3 days ago) Permalink

Favourite Miyazaki film

resulting post (rogermexico.), Friday, 3 July 2015 01:14 (3 days ago) Permalink


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