Next batch of Pixar films after the Monsters Inc. prequel

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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 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

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

THE UNTITLED PIXAR MOVIE THAT TAKES YOU INSIDE THE MIND

how's life, Thursday, 2 October 2014 18:18 (11 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 (11 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 (11 months ago) Permalink

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

da croupier, Thursday, 2 October 2014 18:20 (11 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 (11 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 (3 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months ago) Permalink

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

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

There are no bears in San Francisco.

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

doyy

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

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

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

LOVED this

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

Get ready for the tears

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

this was so good

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

Totoro

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Monday, 22 June 2015 04:58 (2 months ago) Permalink

Kiki's Delivery Service too - even Ghibli films with an antagonist don't tend to have a villain.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 22 June 2015 11:18 (2 months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm really glad that Inside Out had no villain, since it's something you don't usually see in a lot of childrens films. Alot of Pixar movies tend to do the thing where a character befriends the leads, and then turns out to have sinister motives and betray them, and I respect Pixar for not returning to that well.

MarkoP, Monday, 22 June 2015 17:07 (2 months ago) Permalink

i saw lava last year and yeah, way insipid. nothing wrong with kt kahele (tho "ukulele sucks because indie rock" is one of my favorite ilm looks) but i never wanna see another love-powered resurrection. it's like being dramatically punkd.

difficult listening hour, Monday, 22 June 2015 17:27 (2 months ago) Permalink

maria and cyrus went to inside out the other night and i totally didn't go because of the trailer! bad trailer! oh well. i could still go i guess. rufus hasn't seen it...

scott seward, Monday, 22 June 2015 18:16 (2 months ago) Permalink

you would get a kick out of it i think, scott, it's super satisfying as just a really long, funny index of thought patterns

tender is the late-night daypart (schlump), Monday, 22 June 2015 20:09 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago) Permalink

i thought that was the explicit context here though

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

there are like ten ghibli threads, no?

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 2 July 2015 19:29 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago) Permalink

Favourite Miyazaki film

resulting post (rogermexico.), Friday, 3 July 2015 01:14 (1 month ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

“Pixar has created a stable of films for children that is founded on narratives of self-actualization—of characters branching out, embracing freedom, hitting personal goals, and living their best lives. But this self-actualization is almost exclusively expressed in terms of labor, resulting in a filmography that consistently conflates individual flourishing with the embrace of unremitting work…. The natural and profitable ideological by-product of this fixation is an abhorrence of collectivism—and therefore organized labor.”

http://www.theawl.com/2015/07/the-pixar-theory-of-labor

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Friday, 17 July 2015 16:14 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yeah but ... at least the robots are doing all the work in WALL-E.

Norse Jung (Eric H.), Friday, 17 July 2015 16:19 (1 month ago) Permalink

ha, that article is nutso!

Nhex, Friday, 17 July 2015 17:00 (1 month ago) Permalink

"Although he causes all this, and at no small cost to his daughter’s mental health, Riley’s dad is not depicted as a villain."

Well because he's not a villain... but he is presented as being pretty tone deaf and self-absorbed.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Friday, 17 July 2015 17:02 (1 month ago) Permalink

Ned is totally right at the top of this thread, I liked Inside Out fine but would have LOVED it if they'd released it as "THE UNTITLED PIXAR MOVIE THAT TAKES YOU INSIDE THE MIND."

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 17 July 2015 17:30 (1 month ago) Permalink

Well because he's not a villain

I don't know if he's exactly a villain but I think the movie makes it pretty clear that the sequel to this is Riley grappling with mom and dad's divorce in <3 years, whether or not Pixar actually produces it

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 17 July 2015 17:31 (1 month ago) Permalink

Hard to believe they'd leave that money on the table.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 17 July 2015 17:33 (1 month ago) Permalink

I dunno, plenty of their "prestige" titles don't get sequels, there's no "Further Up" or "Wall-F"

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 17 July 2015 18:04 (1 month ago) Permalink

That article isn't crazy, but it isn't very good either.

No, the relationship between father and son in Finding Nemo does not resemble management how-to literature, because in management how-to literature there is no room for the emotional freak-outs that strongly mark close relationships. No management book anywhere tells anybody to drop everything and risk your life to find a lost employee.

No, you shouldn't expect American pop movies to make arguments for socialist collectivism, although that bit at the end of Nemo where all the fishes are urged to swim together in the same direction, overriding their own individual panic motions, just to avoid being captured - that seemed kind of commie to me, fella.

No, the abhorrence of Woody becoming part of a box set in Toy Story 2 is not a rejection of collectivism (LOL) but a rejection of collector-fetishism and the enshrinement of childhood playthings as high-priced collectibles, and at its best from the toy point of view, a rejection of safety in favor of the danger of love. Aw.

No, actually, Whole Foods, like most upscale food places, caught on to the whole "local" thing a while ago, and consumers who care can buy more local products if they want, not that that makes it all wonderful or anything.

What's really weird about this article is that the author avoids the obvious and objectionable Ayn Rand-y type business in certain Pixar movies (especially The Incredibles).

Vic Perry, Friday, 17 July 2015 20:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

Number None, Tuesday, 21 July 2015 17:57 (1 month ago) Permalink

i don't care for the animation style for the characters and have a long held antipathy for the anachronistic mix of humans and dinosaurs but THOSE BACKGROUNDS THO
http://www.comicscube.com/2011/06/comic-book-glossary-masking-effect.html

you are extreme, Patti LuPone. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 21 July 2015 18:11 (1 month ago) Permalink

like as far as i'm concerned that is a movie about beautifully realized gravel

you are extreme, Patti LuPone. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 21 July 2015 18:11 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yeah, the whitewater rapids is the most stunning bit of animation I saw in that trailer. Character design is positively goofy, though.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 21 July 2015 18:59 (1 month ago) Permalink

We're getting two full-blown Pixar releases in one year? That's kinda nice.
Foliage and rocks look amazing, and I'm fine with the character design.

Nhex, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 05:01 (1 month ago) Permalink

like as far as i'm concerned that is a movie about beautifully realized gravel

I have a friend whose day this comment will make

kinder, Saturday, 25 July 2015 18:29 (1 month ago) Permalink

the music hurts to listen to

The Once-ler, Saturday, 25 July 2015 19:15 (1 month ago) Permalink

let your friend know i'm looking forward to paying money to see A+ tufts of grass and dust physics

you are extreme, Patti LuPone. (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 26 July 2015 00:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

How come nobody brought up Porco Rosso in the Miyazaki debate?

the man who posts like Sam Smith sings (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 26 July 2015 18:34 (1 month ago) Permalink


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