Pixar’s latest animated film, “Coco”, is about the traditional Mexican holiday The Day of the Dead. Three years ago there was another animated film about this holiday – “The Book of Life”. So the challenge for Pixar was to take a different perspective on it, but stay true to the culture and live-up to the […]
When people are asked either in person or online “What are Your Favorite Pixar Movies?”, the first films that come to mind are usually from a pool of these five: “WALL-E”, “Up”, “Finding Nemo”, “The Incredibles” and the original “Toy Story”. The “TS” sequels are probably tossed-in there for some. “Monsters, Inc.” has a soft […]
As I’ve said and written so many times – “Cars” is my favorite Pixar movie. And I remain one of the few who believe the 2011 International Racing Tour spy caper sequel “Cars 2” is a very entertaining film. Now comes “Cars 3”, which is actually the “Cars 2” everyone thought they wanted. This movie […]
Each of this year’s five Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films stands-out in its own way, though not necessarily for good reasons. “Blind Vaysha” (Canada, 8 min.) – This is a fable, based on a short story, about a girl who sees the past out of one eye and the future out of the other – so she’s blind […]
Pixar animators Coats and Hamou-Lhadj made a non-Pixar animated short on their nights and weekends. Now, they’re nominated for an Academy Award. In this LCJ Q&A, they discuss “Borrowed Time” and getting ready for Oscar Sunday.
Less than an hour into Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur”, I began thinking about the studio’s 15 other animated movies (never a good thing). Not all of them are outstanding (“WALL-E” being the most overrated), but given the choice, I would watch any of them again in favor of a second viewing of “The Good Dinosaur”, […]
Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” is director Pete Docter’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning “Up”, which featured the most emotional opening scene in Pixar history. “Inside Out” is all about our emotions, and while I laughed at times, this film also desperately wants you to cry, but falls short in achieving that reaction. It’s good, but far from […]
It’s only a rumor right now, but a pretty good one: Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc. 2” will be a prequel, with the story focusing during Mike and Sulley’s days at the University of Fear, how they started off as enemies and became friends. Several websites, including indiewire.com, say the tip-off of the plot came from a […]