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Don't Panic: There Will Be No Pixar Movie In 2014, 'The Good Dinosaur' & 'Finding Dory' Get Bumped

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 3:16 PM
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For the past nine years, Pixar has been mostly delighting, sometimes disappointing, moviegoers with a fresh film each year, from their much vaunted braintrust. Exemplifying the high ideals of letting creative people do their work and getting out of the way (for the most part), Pixar has lived up to that mantra both critically and commercially. As such, they've become a seemingly unstoppable box office machine, even if internally, some projects went through some painful birthing processes (see "Brave"). However, it looks like Pixar are facing some issues with their latest movie and have found a way to jump that hurdle, or at least push it off for a bit.

What D23 Says About The State Of Disney Feature Animation

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 23, 2013 2:15 PM
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The big news out of last weekend's D23 Expo in Anaheim, a kind of Comic-Con for Disney, was the lack of news relating to the studio's highly anticipated "Star Wars: Episode VII." There wasn't any kind of announcement—no release date or subtitle or confirmation of actors who are scheduled to return (and those who will be sitting this one out). In fact, the silence around 'Star Wars' was so deafening that many lost sight of just how much the studio divulged about its upcoming slate of animated features. Not only did they map out the movies that the studio will be delivering through 2016, but they also showcased what will be the pattern for Disney animated features for years and years to come. Only nobody noticed because they were too busy looking for that Death Star.

Pixar Unveil Voice Casts For 'The Good Dinosaur,' 'Inside Out' & 'Finding Dory'; Full D23 Details Announced

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2013 3:40 PM
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The last few years have been a dark time for Pixar. Their once untouchable reputation—"Toy Story 3" was both a Best Picture nominee and a billion-dollar grosser—has taken increasing knocks over the last few years, with an original film that (unfairly, we'd suggest) got middling reviews, and a pair of sequels that few asked for, and that not many more thought were deserving on the studio's creative legacy.

Is 2015 The Year Disney Dominates Hollywood & What Does This Mean For The Competition?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 2, 2013 11:05 AM
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Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, an attraction built for the 1964's World's Fair that is still in operation at Florida's Magic Kingdom theme park, is one of the most emblematic for the company – it incorporates an emphasis on family values with a kind of sunny futurism that both Walt Disney the man (who oversaw the original attraction) and Walt Disney the company strove to maintain. Its theme song contains an earworm-y chorus of "It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day." That great big beautiful tomorrow is coming soon; in 2015, Disney will dominate the cinematic marketplace in a way that no other studio has in the history of the medium (at least since people started paying attention to that kind of thing). But what will that mean for everybody else? How greatly will movies in general be affected by Disney's great big beautiful tomorrow?

5 Things That 'Finding Dory' Means To Disney And Pixar

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 2, 2013 3:04 PM
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Today the official title of Disney/Pixar's "Finding Nemo" sequel was unveiled, along with select plot details and a confirmation that at least one big time cast member (Ellen DeGeneres) is set to return (Albert Brooks will be back too). Andrew Stanton's "Finding Dory" will hit cinemas in the fall of 2015, which was enough for us to wonder what, exactly, the high profile sequel will mean to Pixar (and we came up with some pretty interesting answers, admittedly). Grab your scuba gear and get ready to go back down into the big blue world.

'Finding Nemo' Sequel Titled 'Finding Dory' Set For November 25, 2015; Early Plot Details Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 12:19 PM
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So yeah, we've said it before, and we'll say it again: merchandising, licensing, blah blah blah...it's the monetary lifeblood of major studios and places like Pixar aren't immune (please see "Cars" and the spinoff "Planes," as well the continuing "Toy Story" shorts). There's shit to sell, and that means "Finding Nemo 2" -- announced last summer -- is happening. And now it's got a title, release date and more.

'Finding Nemo 2' Is Still Happening, But At Least Albert Brooks Will Return

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2013 1:27 PM
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The days of Pixar being the lone wolf animation studio focused on original ideas over franchises is long gone. With "Toy Story" staying alive in a series of shorts, a pretty disappointing looking "Monsters University" coming this spring and yes, a "Finding Nemo" sequel, the animation house is just as concerned about licensing as Walt Disney, DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox are. A brand is a brand, and there are toys to sell. And so, "Finding Nemo 2" is officially a thing but at least we'll have Albert Brooks back.

Review: 'Finding Nemo 3D' Is A Freshly Dimensionalized Take On A Certifiable Pixar Classic

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 12, 2012 11:00 AM
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Last fall's surprise smash rerelease of Disney's "The Lion King," a gimmicky two-week promotional stunt designed sell the movie's Blu-ray release that turned into an extended, nearly $100-million-grossing juggernaut, opened the floodgates for 3D animated rereleases. There are two planned for the back end of this year alone: in December, Disney and Pixar will release "Monsters Inc." back into theaters in stereoscopic 3D, in part to promote the sequel due in theaters next summer. And this month sees the rerelease of "Finding Nemo," Andrew Stanton's maritime marvel, now with fish that really float in front of you. Just like in the case with "The Lion King" last year, the storytelling strength of the actual movie surpasses any amount of added technological wizardry.

Andrew Stanton Reflects On Box Office Failure Of 'John Carter,' Discusses 'Finding Nemo 2'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2012 1:25 PM
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We're now six months out from "John Carter," Disney's hugely expensive flop based on the beloved novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs about a Civil War vet magically transported to Mars, a land of warring tribes, princesses, and adorable, multi-legged dog thingees (we love you Woola!) Since then, Disney has admitted to losing $200 million on the movie and two of its top executives –Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross and marketing chief MT Carney – were fired in its wake. But director Andrew Stanton, who had made the hugely profitable "WALL-E" and "Finding Nemo" for Pixar and who before the release had maintained an air of bulletproof unflappability, has kept mum. Until now. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the director opens up about the making and marketing of the movie and what's up next.

Ellen DeGeneres Swims Back For 'Finding Nemo 2' To Play Dory, But You Won't See The Movie Until 2016

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2012 9:21 AM
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It looks like the wheels are turning fast on the unnecessary sequel to the solid and entertaining "Finding Nemo." Last month, Andrew Stanton found some post-"John Carter" employment as the director of the upcoming movie, and now, one of the most treasured characters from the first movie is set to return.

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