Time to add another sequel to Pixar’s schedule.
Following the Toy Story trilogy, Cars 2 and this year’s spinoff, Planes, plus the upcoming prequel Monsters University, Pixar is diving back into the ocean for yet another sequel, Finding Dory, a followup to their 2003 hit Finding Nemo.
Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres are back providing the voices for Marlin and Dory, respectively, and DeGeneres, for one, couldn’t be happier. “I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” she said. “I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16. But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: it’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is — it’s got a lot more Dory.”
The sequel’s story will focus on reuniting the short-term memory-challenged Dory with her family. Giving a popular supporting character more time in the limelight sounds a lot like giving Mater the lead in Cars 2, but Pixar is definitely known more for their hits than their misfires. Finding Nemo won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and is still the fourth highest-grossing animated film of all time (not adjusting for inflation). It represents well on Flickchart, too, with a global ranking of #269, and third among Pixar films.
Finding Dory is currently slated for release on November 25, 2015, twelve and a half years after Nemo debuted.
The title is Brave but perhaps it ought to have been Proud. It is ultimately pride, not bravery, that lies at the heart of the latest Disney Pixar film. Scottish Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly MacDonald), a headstrong tomboy, has reached marrying age. Per tradition, the three other clans all submit their candidates for her hand. Tensions flare between Merida and her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), precipitating the young woman to run out into the forest to blow off some steam. There is where things take an unexpected turn. Merida encounters a witch, who sells her a potion to “change” her mother.
Pixar’s first cinematic fantasy tale featuring a female lead debuted its new teaser poster today. The film centers around a Scottish princess (Kelly Macdonald) who is an unruly, but skilled archer. When she accidentally defies a local custom, she brings chaos to her kingdom and must seek the wisdom of an old wise woman (Julie Walters) to set things right.
First-time feature director Mark Andrews explains: “What we want to get across [with the teaser poster] is that this story has some darker elements. Not to frighten off our Pixar fans – we’ll still have all the comedy and the great characters – but we get a little bit more intense here.” His previous directorial effort was the Pixar short One Man Band (the opening short to Cars), along with Andrew Jimenez.
Pixar’s Brave hits theaters next summer on June 22, 2012.
UPDATE: Watch the teaser trailer.
Almost everybody has their favorite film from Pixar Animation Studios. And it’s not surprising; no other studio has enjoyed Pixar’s mind-boggling brand of success. Of eleven feature films, every single one has been a hit. The master storytellers at Pixar have an uncanny knack for appealing to every demographic, and all of their films are true visual marvels. While at least half of their movies could be considered genuine masterpieces, all of them are at least above average (even Cars, which many might consider their most derivative and predictable work).
For me, the pick of the Pixar crop is Finding Nemo, the first movie I think of when I think of beautiful animation (an art form I’ve always loved, even in its current CGI phase), and a story that resonates for me personally, as a father. But there are two other Pixar masterpieces that vie for second place on my personal chart of the Best Pixar Animation Studios Films, and they are two of the studio’s most daring. Step into the Reel Rumbles ring for a journey into gorgeous visuals, thrilling adventure and powerful emotion as we pit WALL·E vs. Up.
Tangled, a retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale from Walt Disney Animation Studios, did quite well for itself this past holiday season. A hit with both critics and audiences alike, it did well at the box office (earning nearly $200 million domestically, and – in its second weekend of release – dethroning Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as box office champ). It did quite well in disc sales, too, raking in over $80 million in its first week of release. It’s ranked in the Top 20 for 2010 on Flickchart, with a healthy 58% win percentage, appearing in 48 users’ individual Top 20 lists. It’s quite charming, hearkening back to the glory days of Disney princesses, and I found it to be thoroughly entertaining.
But am I the only one who has a problem with this?