Until now Pete Docter's follow-up to his Academy Award winning (and Best Picture nominated, don't forget) Up went by the cumbersome title of "Untitled Disney Pixar Inside The Mind Film." In fact, the project has operated under that title for so long that I became convinced Pixar were getting all Charlie Kaufman on us.
Thankfully, that is not the case and fans will no longer have to come up with the most effective abbreviation when approaching the ticket counter at their local multiplex. Coming Soon. recently revealed the title will be Inside Out.
Wreck-It Ralph's opening four minutes hit me with an intense sensation of nostalgia. The iconography on display in these scenes spoke directly to my youth, when the only way to get a premium video gaming experience was in an arcade. Within the first handful of scenes, from the charmingly retro graphic of Fix-It Felix Jr. to the bustling scenes of a busy 1980s arcade scene, steadily dwindling to nothing with the passage of time, Wreck-It Ralph had pulled me in. I felt the child-like elation of re-living the awe experienced when entering a busy arcade, overwhelmed by the choice and variety of games on offer, and then the bitter decline of age as that variety gave way to dance-mat simulators and first person shooters.
If you have not seen Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs yet; turn away now. Not because of any fear of spoilers, just because you are unworthy of the magnificence that is about to follow.
The internet can often be an abyss of people with far too much time on their hands, but this live action recreation of Toy Story, complete with real toys and living, breathing humans, is most definitely time well spent. The shot for shot remake is astonishingly faithful to the Pixar classic, including everything from the Pizza Planet truck to Sid's hellish lair, with many of the finer details in between left intact.
Pixar have seen a rough few years of late, with their last two features receiving a critical reception that ranges from middling to toxic. All is not lost for the animation studio and their next four major releases have the potential to be worthy of their once flawless reputation.
If four Shrek movies did not adequately sate your "Eddie Murphy voices an annoying CGI animal" craving, here is a shot of methadone to keep the shakes at bay as the test footage for his proposed live-action Hong Kong Phooey movie hits the internet in the face, like a used diaper caught in gale force winds.
Mike and Sully enrol in these new Monsters University posters.
My Neighbour Totoro is an absolute delight. There are many animated classics available to families, yet there really is nothing quite like Hayao Miyazaki's 1988 masterpiece.
For full disclosure, I am reviewing the English-language dub, which features real life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning as the leads. Every animation buff worth their salt knows to watch the original dubs with subtitles but this is, at heart, a family movie and precious few children will want to read subtitles. With that in mind, I decided to view the dubbed version and see how well it played for all audiences.
Those beloved little yellow minions are back in the new trailer for Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming animated, worldwide blockbuster sequel, Despicable Me 2, this week, and it sure is funny.
Some new designs for the upcoming Monsters University, the 'prequel' to Monsters Inc, have hit the net.