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.
Following last week’s announcement that the Walt Disney Company has purchased Lucasfilm for over 4 billion dollars and scheduled Star Wars Episode VII for release in 2015, the Internet has been in a flurry of speculation over the future of the saga. Far be it from us not to jump on the bandwagon.
Even more than questioning where the story is supposed to go in the future, everybody seems to be talking about who will direct the next episode of the franchise, given that George Lucas himself is reportedly leaving Star Wars behind (to serve merely as a consultant on Episode VII). Rather than offer any actual suggestions here, let’s take a look at some possible contenders in true Flickchart fashion: two at a time.
Disney’s John Carter has a lot going for it. Which makes it unfortunate that the film has such a big handicap: All John Carter wants to be is an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s A Princess of Mars, and on that front (though I’m not personally familiar with Burrough’s work), I think it succeeds. But despite the fact that the source material this film is based on is nearly 100 years old, many average film-goers are likely to experience the feeling that they’ve seen it all before. Read the rest of this entry »
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.