This week Binary System is joined by Captain Slack (aka the official BSP photographer, aka Kathryn’s husband Nathan) and Jada Scarbrough (Georgia Peach, math wiz, and card-carrying Cumberbabe…no really, she has a card) to recap the hell out of this year’s Oscar-nominated animated shorts, because we love us some cartoons.
Nobody can quite agree on which one is the absolute best or worst (you’d think we could all agree on westerns and space golf) but we’re pretty sure which one will win.
OWEN WILSON, CRISTELA ALONZO & ARMIE HAMMER BUCKLE UP FOR “CARS 3”
High-Octane Adventure Cruises into Theaters June 16, 2017
BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2017) — Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3” filmmakers revealed key cast members and new characters in the upcoming faster-than-fast film. Joining Owen Wilson in the all-new story that tests the heart of a champion in a high-tech world are Cristela Alonzo and Armie Hammer as unconventional trainer Cruz Ramirez and next-gen racer Jackson Storm, respectively.
It has been 13 years since we first went on a life or death journey with Marlin and Dory as they searched for the missing clown fish, Nemo, in 2003’s Finding Nemo. It’s arguably one of the best Disney/Pixar films. So it should come as no surprise that Finding Dory is just as good, if not better, than its predecessor. What could have been a cash grab sequel with no value ends up being a movie about self-discovery, family and love.
Pixar is just one of those companies that I’ve always kept a close eye on. I’m willing to watch pretty much anything they put out, but the Pixar movie that caught me completely off guard was the original Cars movie. It hit me straight in the feels and to this day is still one of my favorite Pixar flicks. When I heard about Planes, this seemed like a no-brainer. Considering the rich history of aviation that California has it seemed like it would be a slam dunk. Sadly, I was more then wrong, and what I witnessed was merely a re-working of Cars 2. Well, luckily for Pixar they didn’t give up on the Planes franchise and put together a sequel: Planes Fire & Rescue. Taking to the skies with a very California-themed movie, how does the flick hold up? Is it on fire? Or will you just get burned.
It’s been a decade since Monsters, Inc. and it’s two top scarers Mike and Sulley first proved that things that go bump in the night could be fluffy and just as cute. Pixar is returning once more to fright factory with Monsters University. The prequel follows the monsters from the first film during their formative years in college, where they learn how to become the great frights we see in the original film.
Billy Crystal and John Goodman return to voice our heroes Mike and Sulley, along with wonderful performances from Helen Mirren, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Charlie Day, Nathan Fillion and Steve Buscemi. The result is one enjoyable family movie.
Disney Interactive and Pixar have partnered with Imangi Studios to release an expanded version of Imangi’s hit mobile game Temple Run as Temple Run: Brave, showcased alongside an advance screening of the first 31 minutes of Pixar’s upcoming film at the Pixar campus on March 29th.
Temple Run: Brave features all the core mechanics of the incredibly popular (with over 80 million downloads) mobile app – an endless runner where the player is scored based on how far they manage to get from their pursuer, controlled by gestures. Players take control of Brave’s heroine Merida as she flees from the “demon bear” Mordu through improved environments inspired by the Scottish countryside, sliding, jumping, turning – and shooting targets, thanks to the new archery mechanic introduced with the game. While doing so, they collect coins allowing them to purchase various power-ups and accomplish Achievements to compete with friends.
I don’t know about you guys, but Pixar movies always give me a huge nerdgasm. Heck, make that animated movies in general. Something about the classic fairytale storyline coupled with the gorgeous 3D rendering just gets me every time. So as a Pixar nerd and part-time feminist, I was especially excited to hear that Pixar recently released stills of its thirteenth release, Brave.
Pixar’s latest concoction will take place in a fictitious realm within the Scottish highlands. As with many Disney/Pixar movies, the lead character is a headstrong young woman who is determined to prove herself in the face of adversity. In Brave, the lead, Merida, is a fiery princess with a penchant for archery, which leads to trouble for herself and the rest of the kingdom. Read on to find out more about the film, and to seen recently released screenshots.
What would you do to spend a day inside of the Pixar powerhouse? Media correspondent Melena Ryzik with the New York Times had the unique experience of visiting the Pixar “campus.” Located just northeast of San Fransisco, CA, the Pixar corporation has been growing exponentially since the company’s founding in 1986. As the cast of characters grew to include Buzz and Woody alongside Mike and Sully the company needed a place to foster all of the creativity and the staff.
Disney and Pixar have brought us some of the greatest animated movies of our time, most recently with Toy Story 3. Next up for Pixar is Cars 2, which would be only the second Pixar film to receive a sequel. Michael Caine joins Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable guy for the sequel, which is set to be released in June of next year. Check out the recently released, first trailer below.
Update: You need to hit “read more” for the photo now, trying to keep it up as long as I can before getting a notice to take it down :(
With Pixar‘s increased dominance in all things 3D, it’s no wonder that Hayao Miyazaki would turn to them, and his good friend John Lasseter, to bring one of Studio Ghibli‘s classics into 3D. Laputa: Castle in the Sky is the story of a once sky-faring human race who have been forced to the ground when their floating cities crashed. Once city is rumored to still exist above the clouds, named Laputa.
The name Laputa stems from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels where in Laputa is a floating island made of magnetically levitating rock. In Miyazaki’s version, however, Laputa is an abandoned paradise. Many people, including sky pirates, are desperate to reclaim it.
Here is a video clip (in Japanese) featuring some of the relationships forged between these two respective giants in the past:
Now, all of the blubbering and fan-boyisim aside… I friend of mine got a chance to tour the Pixar studio this week and in a move speaking LARGELY to the size on his huevos, snapped a picture of an un-named project he saw on someone’s system. When I saw this I nearly freaked out… Laputa!