"Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s Onward introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the team behind Monsters University.” That's the synopsis for the first official trailer for Onward, releasing in theaters on March 6, 2020, & honestly I'm not really feeling this one. Great cast attached, but this doesn't really even feel like a Pixar film to me. It could be great. Judging by just the synopsis & trailer though, it's nothing I'm really excited for. While it looks cute, not only was I not intrigued, it failed in its many attempts to make me laugh. The only thing that really got me was the unicorn gag. I loved that. I just couldn't help but keep thinking this felt like it came out of another studio, like DreamWorks. Hopefully before this comes out I'll see something that gets me excited. What about y'all? I'm curious to see if this did anything for anyone else. Put it in the comments, like, & share.
Even though we've seen a lot of clips from Toy Story 4 so far, this one is calling itself the second Official Trailer for the upcoming Pixar film. After this I'm not sure where the main narrative of this film's going to be. As it seems to keep dancing back & forth between Forky & his rescue, & Woody's relationship with Bo Peep throughout the marketing. This look goes all in on the Forky angle, & if I'm being honest that seems to be the angle I've preferred more so far. Either way it looks hilarious nonetheless. Even though we've seen some of these scenes repeatedly they still made me chuckle. With me all out losing it at the "plush rush" scene. This outing is going to have some highly comedic content from what I've seen so far. Fingers crossed it holds up to the rest of the previous trilogy overall, but if everything we've seen is a hint I think we're safe on that. Very fun trailer though. I just hope it dosen't have a been there done that feel. The Forky rescue does seem like reused Story with new circumstances involved. Anyway, what did y'all think? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
This is how you hand over heavy handed material & still keep it innocent & entertaining! The second of the SparkShorts, Smash and Grab , is everything I've grown to expect from Pixar. It keeps its message disguised under a highly entertaining short about to robot friends just trying to get away. While at the same time covering over the struggle of mundane, everyday real life work that never seems to payoff. These robots just want to reach an unreachable goal of ascending to the ranks of the ones they work for everyday. Literally tied to their underling positions, for without then they'll die. Never experiencing the true freedom of not needing to keep working. I'm sure there's a higher percentage of people that can relate to this than can't. The real beauty here though, besides the animation, is how well its material is hidden. That's the real Pixar trick. From a child's eyes this will be read as two friends that just want to get away & be free together. While the rest is left up to an adult's view to decipher. I love how this was pulled off, & will definitely be sharing this one with my loved ones. This actually felt like it deserved the Pixar name. What did y'all think? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
Yesterday you met Forky from next summer's Toy Story 4. Today you meet Ducky & Bunny, voiced by the multi-talented comic duo Key & Peele. Woody's gonna get a look at Carney Toy life. These guys get interrupted trying to win their freedom from a life tacked on a wall by Woody & friends. This is one of the things I've liked the most about these movies. The different locales. Being toys, you would figure these films would be hard pressed to get these guys some different scenery. Everytime though, they find new ways to get these toys around from place to place. Can't believe we've got both of these teasers back to back. I love 'em. So far, this has been a really fun way to introduce new characters. What do y'all think? Excited to see the behind the scenes life of Carney Toys on June 21st? I know I am! Put it in the comments, like, & share.
Wow! A totally unexpected Toy Story 4 teaser dropped with some totally unexpected content in the form of what I'm hoping is a significant new character. All is happy in the opening of this teaser. All our friends are together. Until the debut of a homemade spork toy. This is followed by chaos after declaring he shouldn't be there because he's not a toy. For those who have managed to not be familiar with a spork somehow, it's the lovechild of a spoon & a fork. Resulting in a spiked-tipped spoon. Which if you add googly eyes & some pipe cleaners, becomes a very cheap spiky-haired, action-less action figure. Great announcement teaser though. What did y'all think? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
John Lasseter. If you don't know that name you haven't been paying attention for a long time. According to his Wiki he's played a major role in Disney films since as far back as Lady & the Tramp . That was a new one for me even. I've known Lasseter as the "father" of Pixar. If not, definitely the "daddy". He's been there to steer Pixar to greatness the whole way. November last year he stepped away on sabbatical for "missteps" with employees. It was announced this year that he will be finishing out the year, but only as a creative consultant. This leaves some really big shoes to fill. It's been years since Disney has seen uncertainty like this. Yesterday, the first steps were announced with Lasetter's former Chief Creative Officer (CCO) position being split in two. Jennifer Lee will be assuming CCO of Walt Disney Animation, while Pete Docter will be assuming the role at Pixar Animation Studios. Lee is best known for co-writing Wreck-it Ralph & writing/co-directing Frozen . Meanwhile, Docter was one of Pixar's first employees, & among many things responsible for writing/directing Up!, Inside Out, & Monster's INC. . Obviously there's a lot of talent between these two, but still only time will tell. They have some major weight to pull. These seem to be the driving forces behind a lot of the current hits. If they can keep up that pace we're in good hands. All in all, Disney's had its share of changes, so I'm sure that will not be as noticeable as Pixar's. Pixar has had the same head for awhile. I'm curious to see if there's not a major change in feel. This is exciting! An adventure into the unknown for Disney & Pixar animation. Can't wait to see what's next. What's your thoughts on the change? Are we in good hands? Put it in the comments, like, & share.