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Details Emerge For Disney/Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 31, 2012 12:36 PM
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After “Monsters University,” next summer’s wholly unnecessary prequel to “Monsters, Inc.” (which imagines our monstrous heroes scaring their way through college), Pixar will embark on a cluster of highly original films that bring to mind the combination of adventurous storytelling and outrageous concepts that gave us, in sequential years, “Ratatouille,” “WALL-E” and “Up,” with these new films tackling everything from imagined earths, the sparks of imagination, and the Mexican holiday of Dia De Los Muertos. The first of these films (and the only one, so far, with a title) is 2014’s “The Good Dinosaur,” directed by “Up” co-director Bob Peterson and Peter Sohn, who gave us the glorious Pixar short “Partly Cloudy” and was the voice of Emile in “Ratatouille.” Details have been few and far between, although it has been acknowledged that it takes place on an alternate earth where the meteor missed and dinosaurs have evolved alongside humans, but recently the LA Times sat down with the creative principles behind the movie and got a few more nuggets of information.

'Brave' Soundtrack Features Mumford & Sons, Emma Thompson & Julie Fowlis

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 9, 2012 2:04 PM
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Details are starting to squeak by in the lead-up to the June 22nd launch of Disney/Pixar's newest bauble, "Brave." The first details of the "Brave" soundtrack (it will be released physically, unlike "Toy Story 3" and "Up" which were exclusively digital downloads) have emerged from Amazon (via UpcomingPixar), and it looks like the disc is set to include tracks featuring Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, a song featuring Birdy along with indie darlings Mumford & Sons (presumably over the closing credits) and a pair of songs featuring members of the cast (Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson, most notably). The rest of the tracks are orchestral cues from Patrick Doyle's score.

'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Sequel Aiming For A 2014 Release Date & More From The Floor At CinemaCon

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 30, 2012 11:18 AM
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This past week saw Hollywood types descend on Las Vegas -- not for a "Hangover" reboot, but for the annual CinemaCon trade show, which sees all the studios showing off their upcoming wares for exhibitors and members of the press. And this year was a big one, with footage from "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Hobbit," "Les Miserables," "Prometheus," "The Great Gatsby" and many, many more among the headliners.

Henry Selick Is Back: Nearing Finish Line On His Disney/Pixar Feature & Will Direct Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Graveyard Book’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 28, 2012 11:14 AM
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In 2010 it was announced that Henry Selick, the beloved director of “Nightmare Before Christmas,” had left Laika Studios, the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio run by Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight. Knight had hired Selick back in 2002 to help transition the studio from Will Vinton Studios (home of the California Raisins, among others) into a 21st century powerhouse. Selick’s first animated feature, the gorgeous “Coraline,” was released in 2009, but just a year later Disney and Pixar came courting and Selick packed his bags. Things have been quiet for a little while but some details have started to emerge about his Pixar project, while Disney has signed him on to a highly coveted property.

Pixar Unveils Their 2013-2015 Slate: 'The Good Dinosaur,' Lee Unkrich's 'Dia Del Muertos' Project & Pete Docter's 'Inside The Mind' Film

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  • April 24, 2012 10:37 PM
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Last summer at Disney's D23 event, Pixar unveiled two new movies to their future roster: an untitled Peter Docter ("Up") project that would "go inside the human mind" (of a young girl it was later revealed), and another, an untitled effort about humans living alongside dinosaurs. This evening at CinemaCon (and via press release), the secretive company dropped some small, but key and previously-unrevealed details on the already announced films, plus another nugget - the announcement of a third new Pixar film.

Watch: Latest Trailer For Pixar's 'Brave' Is The Most Promising Yet

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 24, 2012 8:16 AM
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With "The Hunger Games" now sitting pretty among the top twenty domestic grossers of all time (it's about to overtake "Jurassic Park"), the fallacy that wide audiences won't go to action-oriented films starring a female lead seems to have been disproven. And we're about to get more helpings of this combination, with "Prometheus" and "Snow White and the Huntsman" both looking to be among the biggest likely hits of the summer, and both led by women. And yet the doubters still prevail. While box office prognosticators sniffed in the past that films starring rats, wordless robots and an old man could be monster hits for Pixar, the studio's latest, "Brave," is being downgraded by many due it to being the first of the company's films led by a female character.

Watch: New 'Brave' Featurette Reveals New Footage, Plot Specifics

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 10, 2012 1:40 PM
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Disney's French YouTube channel (via Bleeding Cool) has debuted a new, minute-long featurette for their upcoming Disney/Pixar fairy tale "Brave." The piece seems to be part of a larger marketing scheme called "Brave Stories" that we'll probably see in America on the Disney Channel or ABC's Saturday morning programming (and, of course, online). Despite its brief running time, the featurette offers some new footage and some plot specifics.

Four New Character Posters for 'Brave' Revealed

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 3, 2012 12:58 PM
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Over at Entertainment Weekly, four new posters for Disney/Pixar's "Brave" have appeared, in anticipation of the film's fast-approaching June 22nd release. Additionally, director Mark Andrews, who infamously took over the project after the film's original co-writer/director Brenda Chapman was fired, offered commentary on the new posters, which feature selected characters from the off-kilter fairy tale, delivering tidbits of plot information that have yet to leak.

Discuss: With A New Trailer Arriving, Does 'Brave' Mark The Start Of A New Act For Pixar?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 23, 2012 9:01 AM
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For a company unaccustomed to anything but bountiful praise and spectacular box office, 2011 must have been a little tough for Pixar. This is a relative term: while "Cars 2" might have had the company's lowest ever admissions domestically (and second lowest gross), it performed well overseas, coming in as their sixth most successful film worldwide. But it's not the financial takings that must have been breaking hearts over at the animation giant's Emeryville headquarters.

New Photos From Pixar's 'Brave' & Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 27, 2011 1:15 PM
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After several back-to-back banner years for animation, 2011 turned out to be one of the weakest in memory; Pixar delivered their first stinker with "Cars 2," DreamWorks delivered more of the same with a pair of sequels, and nothing, not even the oddball "Rango" seemed to be enshrined in the hall of fame for the medium.

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