Review: ‘Soul’ cements Pete Docter as one of our great storytellers


Pete Docter is one of the best directors of animated features working today. That might sound like hubris, but it isn’t. Each of his films is adorable, approachable, and visually stunning enough to warrant the praise, but each also has a core of love and acceptance that makes them universal. The marriage montage in Up! or the simple truth that sadness plays a key roll in our lives from Inside Out, Docter makes movies that tell truths.

Soul, his latest film, is no different.

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Disney delays ‘Black Widow’, ‘Death on the Nile’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Eternals’, and a slew of others

Black Widow / Death on the Nile / West Side Story

Well, I guess we know the outcome of Disney’s “let’s release Mulan to Disney+ for a premium price” experiment now. The House of Mouse has shuffled nearly their entire release slate with most major tentpole films headed into 2021.

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‘The Incredibles 2’ is Officially Official, Toy Story 4, Cars 3, And Other Pixar Release Dates Confirmed

The Incredibles

For better or for worse, Incredibles 2 is happening for real. It’ll be released in 2019, a full 15 years after the original. I do not know how I feel about this. Although, it will be nice to have a good Fantastic 4 film again.

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‘Inside Out’ Trailer: Pixar Latest Is Highly Emotional

Inside Out

Most people have an opinion regarding Pixar these days and usually that opinion is either “still the best animation house” or “I wish they’d get back to original stories”. For those of you in that latter camp here’s some good news: Pixar’s latest film is an original story set inside the mind if a 11 year old girl. Let’s watch a trailer!

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Watch This: [the films of] Series by Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr

[the films of]

It’s come to my attention that many of you haven’t seen the [the films of] series of videos I mentioned yesterday when I posted about the Insight: Derek Cianfrance video. This is something that needs to be corrected, so here is a playlist of the entire series.

Released over the course of 2011 each video profiles a different director and manages to distill that directors voice into something pretty special. The entire playlist is around 35 minutes long so set aside some time and watch the whole thing. It’s pretty amazing.

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2014 Will Be Pixar-less


Speaking of Pixar: they have, for better or worse, released a film each year since 2006. There had been years without before that but as they made more money they started doing more work and now the yearly Pixar movie has been something we all look forward to. Well now we have to wait another year because 2014s “The Good Dinosaur” has been pushed to 2015.

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Awesome: Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

22 Rules

This is seriously awesome. Former Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats ([here’s her twitter])( tweeted 22 things she’d learned from her senior colleagues about how to tell good stories. It’s a pretty amazing list on it’s own, and now Imgur user DinoIgnacio has set them against still from Pixar movies. Hit the jump to see them and be inspired.

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Awesome: Pixar to Scale Back on Sequels

Pixar Logo

Pixar has produced 14 movies to date. of the first ten, 9 were original. Of the most recent four, 3 were based on existing material. I love me some Pixar but you can count me as one of the folks who prefer their original works to their sequels, mostly because I almost always prefer original works to sequels.

In an interview with Buzzfeed Pixar president Ed Catmull has now announced that they are going to focus on original pictures rather than sequels.

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Finding Nemo Is Getting a Sequel called Finding Dory.

Finding Dory

Germain Lussier writing at Slashfilm:

Andrew Stanton‘s rumored return to Pixar is now official. He’ll return with the sequel to Finding Nemo, called Finding Dory. The film will be released by Disney and Pixar on November 25, 2015. It takes place about a full year after the events of Finding Nemo and sees the return of Ellen DeGeneres as the title character. Albert Brooks is also expected to return, and we’ll see a slew of new characters including Dory’s family, who will be at the center of the story.

Not sure how I feel about this.

Says Ellen DeGeneres:

“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” said DeGeneres. “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.”

Still not sure how I feel about this.

Says Andrew Stanton:

One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In ‘Finding Dory,’ she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way.”

Ok so basically I feel like this is actually a really good set up for a sequel to Finding Nemo but at the same time I really wish Pixar would get back to putting out new stuff rather than sequels to old stuff. I kind of wonder if the schedule set by Disney is running them ragged or if they’re just running out of ideas.

Although I would love another Brad Bird directed Incredibles movie. That would indeed be incredible.

Still, more new stuff please Pixar.

Trailer: Monsters University

Monsters University

I was about to write that it’s not that often that Pixar revisits material, but then I remembered Toy Story 2 and 3, and now Monsters University.

A lot of people I know still count Monsters Inc as their favourite Pixar film but I am not one of them (it comes in th middle of the pack for myself, with Up! and The Incredibles alternately at the top of the list). One of the things I really did like about it though was how self contained of a film it is. There’s really no room to make a sequel to it.

So they went ahead a prequel. I’d love to say I’m excited but to be honest I’m kind of worried. Prequels so rarely work out in my mind because I never feel like I need to know the back story, and often the back stories that are produced are nowhere near as cool as I’d imagined them to be.

Still, this is Pixar so it’s definitely worth giving them the benefit of the doubt. Are you excited for Monsters University?