After last week’s heroic ‘Big Hero 6’ trailer comes another new tease from Disney. Although the House of Mouse is entering a potential new golden era, thanks largely one suspects from the creative leadership of John Lasseter, ‘Inside Out’ officially bears the stamp of Pixar which is even more cause for excitement.
‘Brave’ was an interesting but flawed diversion and ‘Cars 2’ suffered from sequel-itis (although ‘Monsters University’ was great fun!) so it’s about time we got another cast-iron Pixar classic to stand head and shoulders alongside ‘Toy Story’, ‘Wall-E’ and ‘Up’ – and the totes emosh ‘Inside Out’ could be that very movie.
It takes the offbeat idea of the primary characters being emotions belonging to a little girl and gifts it a script from ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ scribe Michael Arndt and an inspired geek-bait voice cast, including Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader. If you’re not already excited, then the sweet trailer tribute to golden Pixar moments is sure to win you over…
The love for ‘Frozen’ is still yet to thaw, with cuddly Olaf teddies surely the must-have for every home this coming winter. Regardless, with its themes of sisterly love and big Broadway barnstormers, you simply can’t avoid the fact that ‘Frozen’ is, well, a bit girly…
Thankfully, the creative spark reignited in Disney since John Lasseter took the Big Boss job looks set to remain alight with ‘Big Hero 6’. Although it’s infuriatingly getting a pre-Xmas release in the States and a post-Xmas release in the UK, the key thing here is that the same creative verve applied to ‘Tangled’, ‘Wreck-It-Ralph’ and, yes, ‘Frozen’ is not in short supply in the movie’s trailer – so it will hopefully be worth the wait!
The promo suggests an idiosyncratic spin on the recent superhero boom with interesting references from Eastern culture. An unkind person who doesn’t enjoy fun might say it looks to be recycling elements from ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Wall-E’, but if it’s even a tenth as good as those Pixar classics then I’m happy and my faith in the Mickey Mouse Empire shall remain unshaken.
We all know Pixar movies are the best kind of scrummy tiered cake, with lots of layers for each family member to indulge in. But a genius theory from self-proclaimed ‘Pixar detective’ Jon Negroni will have you rushing to the DVD cabinet to watch all three films back-to-back; it’s been doing the rounds on the Internet this past week and hinges on a hat, a forgotten toy and the true identity of Andy’s mom – quite simply, it’s brilliant and you should just do yourself a favour and read the thing in its entirety below…
The True Identity of Andy’s Mom In ‘Toy Story’ Will Blow Your Mind.
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So, today I finally caught Sulley and Mike Wazowski teaming up at college in ‘Monsters University’. The ever-so-trustworthy Pixar delivered once again (hey, I even liked ‘Cars’) so I urge any self-respecting geek to catch this ASAP.
Another reason not to let this one pass you by during its cinema run? Pixar shorts are the cherry on top of a visit to their latest feature presentation, and ‘The Blue Umbrella’ is one of the sweetest five minutes I’ve had the pleasure to witness this year. They’re the masters at making us warm to inanimate objects, and they’ve done it again… Those guys in the vid clip below? I WANT THEM.